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Note: This is a past article from November 27, 2018
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE



A captivating evening for the 8th Annual FRIENDS OF ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES (FIDF) 2018 Tribute Dinner was held in the San Polo Ballroom at The Venetian.

Maj. Gen. (Res) Meir Klifi-Amir, Dana & Michael Werner, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, Noam, Traci Grossman & Ian Staller

The event “Saluting Israel 1948-2018 - 70 years of Heroes and Hope” was co-chaired by Dana and Michael Werner and Traci Grossman, M.D. and Ian Staller.

The Honoree was Sheriff Joseph M. Lombardo.

Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) help support educational, social, cultural and recreational programs and facilities for the heroic men and women of the IDF. These opportunities reinforce the vital bond between the communities in the United States, the soldiers of the IDF, and the State of Israel. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) job is to look after Israel and the FIDF job is to look after them.

The event started in the outer Ballroom where guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Sitting -Russel Kost, James and Mikey Bilbray – Helen Edell between Danny & Shannon Axelrod and Bridget & Steve Phillips

Reverend Charles Smith, Victor Dunn, Tonia Barnes and Erma Smith

Afterwards guests were seated for dinner, program and entertainment. The LVMPD Honor Guard and members of the IDF musical ensemble entered stagewise. Renowned singer

Joanna Petri sang both the “Israeli National Anthem” (Hatikva) and “U.S. Star Spangled Banner” America Anthem.

Israeli Soldiers dancing performance

Singing performance by Israeli Soldiers

The fantastic IDF Musical Ensemble then sang and danced a special 70 Years of Music Tribute.

The program began with Dana Werner and Traci Grossman welcoming remarks and thanking everyone for attending. They asked everyone to stand and the room was silent for 11 minutes to honor the 11 victims of the shooting that took place in The Tree of Life Synogogue in Pittsburgh.

Arlene and Jerry Blut with Dr. Gerald and Reesa Niznick

Phyllis Schwartz, Danny Becker and mom Sue Becker

Dana said we must stand with Israel’s brave men and women in uniform. While they stand guard over the Jewish homeland, and Jews everywhere, it is our job to do everything we can to support them. Dana mentioned many of the distinguished guests who had come from far and near for this special event such as: FIDF National Director and CEO – Major General Meir Klifi-Amir and FIDF National President Bobby Cohen and Dana also thanked Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson for sponsoring 60 young leaders to attend the event.

NV Chief Judge Joe Bonaventure and girlfriend

Michael McDonald and NV Supreme Court Judge Michael Cherry

Traci mentioned some of the distinguished guests attending such as:
Lt. Governor Mark A Hutchison
Supreme Court Justice Michael Cherry
District Court Judge Mark Bailu
District Court Judge Elissa Cadish
Chief Justice Las Vegas Justice Court Joe Bonaventure
Las Vegas
City Councilwoman Michelle Fiore
Former Congrssman Cresent Hardy
Former Congressman James Bilbray
Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod
Candidate Danny Tarkanian
Chair of the Republican Party of Nevada Michael McDonald
UNLV Executive Vice President, Provost Dr. Diane Chase
UNLV Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Michael Gardner
President of the Latin Council, Mr. Peter Guzman
CUFI (Christians United for Israel) Pastors Vicki and David Shearin and
Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank

Cresent and Peri Hardy and Donna and Elliot Blut (M.C. for event)

Dr. Adele Zorn with NV Supreme Court elect Alissa Cadish
Dana’s adorable 11 year old grandson Benjamin Herschmann came onstage and expressively spoke about Israel. Dana thanked him and also gave a personal very special thank you to her husband Michael Werner and Co- Chairs Dr. Traci Grossman and husband Ian Staller.

Dana Werner with her 11year old Grandson Benjamin Hirschmann making a very effectual speech about Friends of Israel Defense Forces

Rabbi Moskowitz and David Chesnoff
Other thank you’s went to:
Herzog Wines
Eric Hershmann
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada
Bill Goldring
David Chesnoff
Bonnie and Frank Martin
Tequila Patron
Victor Fuchs – Helix Electric
Annette Franqui and Seth Werner
David Magazine
Jane Do
Ran Tadmor

The program continued with Master of Ceremonies Jerome L. Blut, Esquire

David Z.Chesnoff, Esq. introduced the distinguished Honoree of the event Sheriff Joseph M. Lombardo

David Chesnoff has been praticing criminal law in Las Vegas for the last 37 years. He has built a national practice representing high-profile clients from the business and entertainment industries, nationally and internationally. David spoke of his love for Israel and about Sheriff Lombardo

Distinguished Honoree Sheriff Joeseph M. Lombardo making acceptance speech - M.C. Elliot Blut in back

Honoree of the event - Sheriff Joseph Lombardo and Dr. Adele Zorn

Honoree, Sheriff Joseph M. Lombardo came onstage for his remarks and acceptance speech which were both very impressive and extremely interesting.

Dinner was next on the program and the HAMOTZI (blessing the meal) was by Dr. Arthur Shapiro.

Anthony Brady and Dr. Lynda Honnson

Suzy Morbitt, Nicole and Dr. Morton Hyson and Eileen Hayes
Dinner Menu:
Salad: Seared Ahi Tuna, Pickled Vegetable, Mixed Greens with Pomegranate Gastrique
Entrée: Braised Short Ribs with Roasted Carrot and Mint Apricots Puree, Lemon Vegetable Red & white Quinoa, Roasted PeeWee Potato and Herb Crusted Campari Tomato (Vegetarian Option - Changed to Seared Sea Bass)
Dessert: Duo of Lemon-Oil Cake, Pistachio Bits, Fresh Berries, Kosher Chocolate Fudge Cake

During dinner, videos were shown across the entire front of the Ballroom showing some of the IDF soldiers conflicts both amazing and sorrowful.

Yaakov Daniel and Dana Werner

Haim Ventura, Fran Fine Ventura, Edye and Henry Kronberg

The program continued with an IDF soldier who spoke about how the FIDF helps IDF.

A former officer in the IDF Paramedic Corp. Noam spoke about her experiences with the paramedics, while showing backdrop videos.

A surprise occurred when a former IDF soldier who now lives in Las Vegas was called onstage. M.C. Jerome Blut asked him to face forward away from the audience for a few moments and then the son (now an IDF soldier) of the former IDF soldier came onstage to surprise his father. It was quite a touching and fun shocker.

Standing with Israel was next. This is where many substantial monetary donations were given by individuals who stood and spoke about their reasons for Standing with Israel.

Dr. Miriam Adelson making a $5 million donation to FIDF

Total pledges for the event were between $6-700,000 in addition to Dr. Miriam Adelson adding a $5 Million donation.

What an exciting event this was. Congratulations to the 8th Annual FIDF Las Vegas Tribute Dinner and all those involved for a very successful and interesting event.

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