The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Southeast Region will host its 2014 Atlanta Gala Dinner, “A Night to Honor the Soldiers of the IDF,” on Thur., May 15 at the Georgia Aquarium. The gala will feature active-duty officers and soldiers as well as a special performance by the IDF Naval Ensemble.
The gala will focus on three life-changing FIDF programs; the FIDF Lone Soldiers Program, the Adopt-A-Brigade Program, and the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program, all of which the FIDF Southeast Region actively supports for the wellbeing of the IDF soldiers.
The FIDF will honor the 22 Lone Soldiers from the Atlanta community who have left their families and friends to make Aliyah (move to Israel) and join the IDF. The FIDF Lone Soldiers Program supports IDF soldiers, with no immediate family living in Israel, financially, socially, and emotionally during their challenging military service.
Recently, the FIDF Southeast Region has adopted the IDF Combat Intelligence Corps as part of the FIDF Adopt-A-Brigade Program. This program allows supporters to closely connect with IDF soldiers and focuses on providing financial aid for soldiers in-need and their families, supporting Lone Soldiers, sponsoring general wellbeing activities, and granting scholarships.
The gala will also highlight the importance of the FIDF IMPACT! Scholarship Program. IMPACT! recipients are Israel’s future leaders who, with the help of FIDF and its donors, can realize their greatest potential. These former combat soldiers come from a disadvantaged socio-economic background which would otherwise have prevented them from pursuing higher education. As part of the program requirements, students must complete 130 hours of community service for every year of their scholarship.
Special guests at the gala will include FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, Executive Director of the FIDF Southeast Region, Seth Baron, and FIDF National Board Member and Chairman of the Southeast Region, Garry Sobel. The gala is co-chaired by Aviva and Eyal Postelnik and Helen and David Zalik, and the host committee chair is Felicia Voloschin.
Editor’s note: FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing and supporting educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. Today, FIDF has more than 120,000 loyal supporters, and 15 regional offices throughout the U.S. and Panama. FIDF proudly offers its support to the IDF soldiers and their families through a variety of unique and innovative programs. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. For more, visit: www.fidf.org.