First-ever “ReKood Music Fest” features Iggy Azalea, Lil Dicky, DJ Vice, Warren G, Maggie Speaks with special guest Mark McGrath, and star DJs, raises $250,000 for Friends of the IDF well-being and educational programs

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 – More than 1,200 young professionals from across greater Los Angeles packed the first-ever ReKood Music Fest Saturday at the grand Belasco Theatre in a star-studded event sponsored by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership of Los Angeles, in partnership with Israeli-American Council (IAC) LEAD. ReKood raised more than $250,000 to support the well-being of the brave men and women serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Headlining the sold-out dance fest were Australian rap star Iggy Azalea, Lil Dicky, DJ Vice and Warren G, backed by such stars as DJ Child’s Play and DJ Aaron Colbert. Making a special guest appearance was Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, who performed with Maggie Speaks.

Among those in attendance were 18 former IDF soldiers, whose selflessness and contribution to Israel’s military was celebrated by all attendees.

Also in attendance was Ari Ryan, Co-Founder and Chairman of FIDF Young Leadership LA, FIDF Western Region Vice President, National FIDF Board Member and ReKood Co-Chair, and his wife Rebecca; and Robert Roig, FIDF Young Leadership Executive Board Member and ReKood Co-Chair.
“I was honored to co-chair FIDF Young Leadership’s first-ever Music Fest – ReKood,” Ryan said. “Once again, we have successfully brought together over 1,200 young professionals from the Los Angeles community to support the brave young men and women of the IDF. The contributions of our community send a clear message to those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the Jewish homeland that they are not alone and that we are here for them today and always.”

“We're excited to bring this music festival to the community for the first time on behalf of FIDF,” Roig added. “The line-up we secured spanned various genres and provided a musical experience for everyone. I'm honored and humbled to have co-chaired this event, which is unlike anything any other Young Professionals charity group in Los Angeles has done.”

Over the past decade, the highly successful FIDF Young Leadership LA has brought together over 8,000 young professionals to generate support for those who serve in the IDF.

The funds raised at this event will support FIDF well-being and educational programs for IDF soldiers, including: the IMPACT! Scholarship Program, which grants full academic scholarships to IDF combat veterans of modest means; the Lone Soldiers Program, which supports soldiers with no immediate family in Israel; and the Wounded Veterans Program, which provides wounded veterans with physical, social, and psychological services and special prosthetics.

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