New York, NY, September 10, 2013 – Over $270,000 was raised in a golf outing
put on by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) NY Real Estate
Division, yesterday, Monday, September 9, 2013, bringing together 200 of New
York’s most prestigious real estate professionals. The event took place at
Glen Oaks Country Club in Old Westbury, New York, and began with a golf
tournament in the morning and concluded with a dinner presentation featuring
IDF soldiers and IMPACT! Scholarship recipients.
The Golf Outing Event Chairs were Joel Seiden, Jeffrey Mann and Ofer
Yardeni, Chairman of the FIDF NY Real Estate Division.
Active duty IDF soldiers, who traveled to New York from Israel, attended the
event and shared their stories with FIDF supporters. The soldiers included
Lieutenant Danielle, a Communications Officer in Battalion 402, and Corporal
Max, a soldier in Golani, who is currently in the Golani Commanders Course.
Cpl. Max, originally from Great Neck, NY, is a Lone Soldier who made Aliyah
(moved to Israel) to join the IDF. Another participant in the event was FIDF
IMPACT! Scholarship recipient Sharon who served as a combat soldier in the
Gaza Strip watching over the border. She participated in Operation Cast
Lead, the Gaza Strip Operation, from December 2008-January 2009. She is in
her second year of studying education in Beit-Berel College, with a
specialization in English.
After the golf outing, guests enjoyed a beautiful cocktail hour followed by
an evening program which featured Lt. Danielle as a speaker and paid tribute
to IDF soldiers. “I would like to thank you all on behalf of the soldiers
and commanders of my battalion. It is a great honor for me to finally see
the faces behind the FIDF signs posted in the entrances of the synagogue,
the gym and the soldier lounge in my base. Thanks to your generosity, there
are soldiers in the middle of the Negev who can pray in a synagogue and
enjoy a vacation after a year of intensive activity. Thanks to your
generosity, there is a smile on many soldiers’ faces. For that, and for so
much more, I would like to say thank you,” said Lt. Danielle.
The FIDF NY Real Estate Division was created in 2006 by a group of
successful business and philanthropic leaders who were passionate about
uniting members of the real estate community in support of Israel’s
soldiers. The division has supported several construction projects including
a wellbeing center at Revaya Base for Battalion 71 of the 188th Brigade, as
well as other FIDF wellbeing programs to benefit the soldiers, and is an
integral part of FIDF’s Tri-State Region.