Children donate ambulance in celebration of their Father’s 80th Birthday

AFMDA CEO Arnold Gerson, Porto Vita Chair Barry Goldstein, Herb and Ellen Moelis, Nina Korall, Morris, Marsha and Cheryl Deakter

Porto Vita Friends of American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) held its annual Celebration of Life Dinner chaired by Barry and Patricia Goldstein. During the evening, Ellen and Herb Moelis were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and a Proclamation from the City of Aventura for their commitment to life and the People and State of Israel.

Before dinner, two ambulances were on display and dedicated before being shipped to save lives in Israel. The first was dedicated by Herb Moelis’ children and grandchildren in honor of his 80th birthday and the other from Porto Vita Friends of AFMDA Founder Morris Deakter and Nina Korall and their families.

Ron Moelis addressed the crowd, on behalf of his siblings Cindy and Ken. “Dad and Ellen have been at the forefront of teaching his children and grandchildren about charity and what giving is all about. When we asked what he would like for his birthday, he suggested that his gift be something charitable for Israel, an ambulance dedicated for AFMDA, a cause they believe strongly in to help the people of Israel.”

Ellen Moelis spoke about Morris Deakter being their first friend when they moved to Porto Vita ten years ago. “He was the one who exposed us to AFMDAand got us to embrace this lifesaving organization.”

All proceeds from the evening will help support the vital lifesaving services of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s only government- mandated ambulance and emergency medical responders, providing medical, disaster, ambulance and blood services.

For more information, contact Ira Mogitz at the AFMDA office at 800-626-0046.

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