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Dr John J. Mames Chapter-Michigan Region Celebration of Life Gala

Posted By : Admin November 21, 2014
AFMDA CEO Arnold Gerson and guests at
AFMDA CEO Arnold Gerson and guests at the Dr. John J. Mames Chapter-Michigan Region Celebration of Life Gala.

 

September 11, 2014- Excitement was in the air as over 350 intergenerational guests came to Congregation Beth Ahm to hear Prof. Shinar, M.D., head of Magen David Adom’s blood bank, discuss the challenges of producing Israel’s national blood supply, underground, during Operation Protective Edge. She shared how they managed to keep the blood production process on-going as units were needed to address civilian war and peace time emergencies and for the Israel Defense Forces locked in heavy battle in Gaza. Most importantly, she also shared of the need to move forward with the new, fully filtered, fully sheltered, underground MDA National Blood Center, the only solution to ensuring Israel can be sure to have its own safe, secure and sufficient blood supply for the 21st century.

Gala honorees were the founders of the chapter, who in 1967 came together to support Israel and her medical services. Since that time over $34 million has been raised for MDA’s lifesaving work and this year’s campaign generated over $1,000,000 in contributions. A portion of the proceeds will fund a new MDA ambulance featuring all the founders’ names on the doors. This special ambulance is due to go into service summer 2015.

The evening included three ambulance dedications including Joe and Myrna Salzman carrying on the longtime tradition of her parents, Same and Minnie Berman, participating in their 5th ambulance. Also that night Natalie and Manny Charach donated their 38th ambulance, making them world record holders for most ambulances sponsored by a couple/individual.

Additional commitments were made that night including an ambulance and equipment for MDA’s Blood Center.

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