It was a beautiful and warm day for the October 3rd, AFISCD Heroes of Life Gala. Guests arrived at the stunning Ritz-Carlton Chicago for an evening of inspiration and celebration. Over 350 guests came together for this special evening honoring Morris Silverman, the 2018 Moshe Rashkes Heroes of Life recipient.
As guests arrived they were all given a special gift upon check-in, a sports ball with their table number written on it to represent the athletes for the night. Everyone had a chance to see friends and family as cocktail hour began outside of the main ballroom with an open bar and delicious passed appetizers which included a spicy tuna cone, eggplant caviar, fried goat cheese and spinach, and artichoke beggar’s purse.
Once the doors opened and guests were seated, the evening commenced with opening remarks by president of AFISCD, Lori Komisar. After the Rabbi’s blessing a special video was shown with well wishes from Chicago Cub’s first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Championship Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. There were many special guests on stage that night including Boaz Kramer, Executive Director of ISCD and many teens and young adult athletes who flew all the way from Israel to share their stories and represent ISCD. It was a touching part of the night and inspired many people in the room who were there to support kids with similar disabilities.
Lenny Krayzelburg, a four-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, then spoke to the crowd about his personal story of triumph and his commitment to improving the lives of children facing adversity. He showed that he is a true hero in life in addition to all the speakers for the night. After Consul General Aviv Ezra addressed the crowd there was a small break for dinner. Guests not only indulged on a wild greens salad before the presentation started but enjoyed filet mignon and grilled Atlantic salmon with asparagus, cauliflower and roasted potato shallots for dinner.
The evening continued with another video presentation which led into remarks from Boaz Kramer, Asael Shabo and other athletes from the Sport Center. Lori Komisar took the stage one more time to share her special words and present a surprise video honoring Morris Silverman before giving him the Moshe Rashkes Heroes of Life Award. It was a remarkable evening with many amazing people in the room all supporting ISCD and the future Heroes of Life. After the presentation concluded guests were able to take home one of two books written by Moshe Rashkes which were displayed on each table. Guests then enjoyed a second opportunity for mingling outside the ballroom while enjoying a large dessert buffet. The 2018 Heroes of Life Gala was a huge success raising one million dollars!
The American Friends of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled is committed to providing ongoing financial support to the Center, empowering children and adults with physical disabilities from all backgrounds to participate in physical and psychological rehabilitation through sports to attain the goal of leading productive and successful lives in Israeli society. For more information, please go to: http://www.afiscd.org/