Magen David Adom gets record $3.8 million from star-studded LA event

( A star-studded Los Angeles gala raised $3.8 million for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency response, ambulance, and blood services organization.

Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams (right) with Harmony Samuels at the inaugural Los Angeles gala of American Friends of Magen David Adom on Oct. 6. Credit: American Friends of Magen David Adom.

American Friends of Magen David Adom said the Oct. 6 event produced the highest amount it has ever raised for MDA, an organization that is mandated by the Israeli government but not funded by it, instead relying on private donors.

Funds raised at the gala—which included performances by comedian Jackie Mason and singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka, and expressions of support for MDA by celebrities such as former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams—will benefit emergency medical services and the building of a new National Blood Center in Israel.


Posted on October 7, 2013 .