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October 8, 2013 8:34 am

Magen David Adom Raises $3.8 Million at Star-Studded LA Event

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International volunteers learn of Israel's ambulance service operations during an EVP training session. Photo: Tazpit News Agency.

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

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.

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