ISRAEL’S 70th annIversary Gala

for Krembo Wings' Children

May 13, 2018 at 8:30pm

Celebrating the State of Israel’s positive contributions to the world and humanity during the first Seven Decades of her existence.

Hosted By
Pat Boone

About

LIVE AT THE HENRY CROWN SYMPHONY HALL

HOME OF THE JERUSALEM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This special show will feature top names in music such as the iconic singer Pat Boone, who wrote the lyrics to the famous song “Exodus” and is known for “Love Letters in the Sand”, April Love”, and his hit in Israel “Speedy Gonzalez”. Artists will perform with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Israel’s own Shiri Maimon, the Israeli star of Eurovision 2005 and a top R&B singer, will also perform, as well as Dino Kartsonakis, world renowned pianist and winner of 8 GMA Awards. A special guest, the legendary Israeli singer/songwriter, David Broza, will also perform accompanied by the Moran Choir.

In addition to the musical component of the evening, the audience will be treated to a presentation of the seven decades of Israel’s history by iconic presenters, with a special focus on her contributions to the world. The tribute will also include rare archival footage that will allow the audience to experience these modern day achievements and miracles.

ISRAEL'S 70TH, A HISTORICAL EVENT CREATED BY AN AWARD-WINNING TEAM

The Israel based production will be produced by KREMBO Wings, Hangar 11 Dann Moss, and Hank Saroyan.

Talent

Pat Boone

Pat Boone is a singer, actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man, humanitarian, and a man unafraid to air his views. Right now, Boone, the #10 all-time top recording artist according to Billboard, is the Lion in Winter, with five decades of recording history behind him and a busy future ahead.

Boone runs his own record company, The Gold Label, designed for legendary artists of a certain age and certifiable talent (all with million-selling gold records to their credit). “It’s a senior tour for singers,” he jokes. “But there is a qualification: they have to be able to sell records.” So far Glen Campbell, Jack Jones, Roger Williams, Patti Page, Cleo Laine, Sha Na Na and others (as well as Boone himself) have lived up to the founder’s maxim. More than 30 Gold Record albums have been released to date.

Boone has involved himself in a couple of personal projects: “For My Country,” a musical acknowledgment to the National Guard that Boone wrote himself and regards as a follow-up to his Pledge of Allegiance pitch, “Under God,” recorded a couple of years ago, which became Boone’s 61st hit record. Tuned to current events, close to Boone’s heart and views, both have stirred up debate as well as sales. “It’s not just liberals who can stir things up through recordings,” he says.

An updated pictorial autobiography, Pat Boone’s America 50 Years,  has joined the line of more than a dozen autobiographical and motivational books. He became a book author for the first time, writing the still-in-print Twixt Twelve And Twenty in 1958 as a Teen Idol, himself barely out of his own teens. His newest book venture, co-written with Cord Cooper, is Questions About God And the Answers That Could Change Your Life. This book addresses one of today’s hottest topics, and is packed with facts that will challenge readers’ thinking.

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

One of Israel’s leading Orchestras and one of its capital’s most celebrated cultural institutions, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA, will celebrate 80 years of music this season.
Founded in the late 1930’s as the Jerusalem Broadcast Service Orchestra, the JSO became the “Kol Israel” National Radio Orchestra in 1948, coinciding with the Israeli declaration of Independence.

The orchestra’s former musical directors include Mendi Rodan, Lukas Foss, Gary Bertini, Lawrence Foster and David Shallon and the current music director is Maestro Frederic Chaslin. During the Current American concert tour the Jerusalem Symphony will be led by Maestro Yaron Gottfried, one of Israel’s great conductors, who has performed with JSO many times in the past and a frequent guest conductor on its stage.

The orchestra is known for its rich repertoire, ranging from the Baroque and the Classical periods through the Romantic period, extending to contemporary composers, many holding their Israeli premièrs with the JSO.

Since its establishment, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra has consistently supported Israeli composers by commissioning and performing their works. This season, marking the JSO’s 80th year, it will perform no less than 15 pieces created by Israeli composers – an impressive number of new local works. Many musicians who arrived in Israel during the large immigration (“Aliyah”) from the FSU, make for the majority of the JSO’s orchestra’s ensemble, while also absorbing many young and talented Israeli musicians during their studies in the Jerusalem Academy of music and dance.

Over the Last 8 decades, some of the world’s most legendary musicians have performed with the JSO including Igor Stravinsky, Otto Klemperer, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals, Igor Markevitch, Henryk Szeryng, Yo Yo Ma, Pierre Boulez, Neville Mariner, Christa Ludwig, Tabea Zimmermann, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Jose Carreras, Jean Pierre Rampal, Maxim Vengerov and Yefim.

The JSO is often invited to hold tours in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States, and has played in some of the most prestigious venues across the world such as the Musikvereine in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Cologne and Carnegie Hall in New-York.

In February 2015 the JSO was invited by UNESCO to Paris to perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar in a special concert commemorating the 70th anniversary to the liberation of Auschwitz. The orchestra also toured in Brazil with Maestro Chaslin and Israeli soloist Itamar Zurman during August 2015. In 2009 the orchestra performed the oratorio Elijah (Mendelssohn) at the closing event of the annual Bachfest in Leipzig and in 2016 the JSO toured in Japan. Upcoming tours abroad in 2018 are scheduled in the US and South America.

The Orchestra is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Jerusalem City municipality. As the National radio orchestra, the Israel Broadcasting Authority backed the JSO until its Liquidation in 2017. To commemorate its rich history, the JSO’s management has decided to keep the IBA (“Israel Broadcasting Authority”) in the Orchestra’s name.

David Broza

Israeli superstar David Broza is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and
vibrant performers. From his whirlwind finger picking to Flamenco percussion
and rhythms, to a signature rock and roll sound, David Broza’s charismatic and
energetic performances have delighted audiences throughout the world.

Raised in Israel, Spain and England, Broza has been giving his charismatic
and energetic performances worldwide since 1977, when his hit song “Yihye
Tov” first hit the airwaves, promoting a message of peace. Broza is also
known for his commitment and dedication to several humanitarian projects,
especially a resolution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict through dialogue, culture,
music and tolerance. Now, with a string of multi-platinum albums—in Hebrew,
English and Spanish—he continues to hone his message. Broza was
awarded a Spanish medal of honor by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, for his
longtime contribution to Israel-Spain relations and his promotion of tolerance.
A passionate peace advocate, he has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill
Ambassador.

Broza garnered widespread acclaim for his 2013 album East Jerusalem West
Jerusalem, produced by GRAMMY Award-winner Steve Earle and Steve
Greenberg, and recorded in its entirety in the Palestinian Sabreen Studio in
East Jerusalem. The work, featuring a band of both Israeli and Palestinian
musicians, resulted in a beautiful, intimate documentary of the same name.
Vanity Fair called the documentary “extraordinary” and added “if no one else
is going to try and heal the world, he will.” East Jerusalem West Jerusalem is
currently streaming on Netflix. Throughout 2015, Broza worked on another
studio recording with the Andalusian Orchestra of Ashkelon and musical
director/conductor Tom Cohen. The album, Andalusian Love Song, includes
re-imaginations of some of Broza’s greatest hits, as well as some of the
greatest works of renowned Arab composers including Abed Al Wahab,
among others. Broza’s latest album, The Set List, captures his best-loved
songs culled from studio recordings and live performances over the years.

A powerful entertainer and industry innovator, David Broza awes and inspires
audiences with his sincere message, energetic performances and musical allure.

*photo credit Allan Tannenbaum

Shiri Maimon

Shiri Maimon is a singer and actress that graduated from the Air Force entertainment troop. She began her career in the television contest “A Star is Born” (2003), in which she got to second place. Two years later, her debut album “Shiri Maimon” was released and reached the status of gold album. That year, she represented Israel in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Time to Say Goodbye”, which reached fourth place, and she won the titles of “Woman of the Year in Music” and “Singer of the Year”. “Time to Say Goodbye” was chosen as the year’s best performer on the Israeli annual charts. In 2008, she released her second album, “A Moment Before …” That year she competed for the title of “Favorite Act” at MTV’s European EMA ceremony. In 2010, Maimon put together a concert with singer Shimon Buskila. The show, which included their best songs, was performed more than 300 times throughout the country. The live concert album has reached platinum status. In 2012, she released her third album, “Sheleg Ba Erev” (Snow in the Evening). Shiri has participated in the musicals “The Band”, “Mamma Mia”, and “Aladdin” and has also performed in “The Children’s Annual Song Festival” (2006, 2008, 2012). She was a presenter on a popular daily youth TV program in Israel called “Exit”, and since 2013 she has served as a judge on “X Factor Israel”. Over her career she has released dozens of hits. Maimon is currently working on a new album, from which the hits “Glass”, “Air”, “I Have Everything”, and “My Sister” have already been released.

Dino Kartsonakis

America’s Piano Showman, a title aptly given to one of the world’s premier performers of our time. From Carnegie Hall, to the honor of being the only person to ever perform inside the Tower of David, Jerusalem, Dino has captured the world with his unique talent, stellar performances and exceptional showmanship.

Two time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee for “Chariots of Fire”, eight time Dove Award winner and Tele Award winner for “Miracle’s”. Dino’s talent and performance prowess all started at the tender age of three, when he sat at an upright piano, and played both melody and harmony of a hymn he heard that morning at church. He grew into his talents and later studied at the Julliard School of Music, and conservatories in both France and Germany.

Touring the world and playing in such places as Russia, Japan and Israel to name a few, also The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and many more prestigious venues nationwide. He has also performed for Presidents and Dignitaries alike. Aside from touring the world Dino has made countless network television appearances since the age of sixteen, plus the highly rated talk show “The Dino Show” produced and hosted by he and his wife Cheryl Kartsonakis. For over 25 years they wowed audiences around the globe in over 200 countries with variety of celebrity guests as well as performances by Dino and Cheryl.

In 2007, to the surprise and delight of his fans, Dino and Cheryl opened “Dino’s 24Karrot Cake Company” located in Branson, Missouri, also shipping their “Celebrity Favorite” cakes nationwide.

Dino is not only an entertainer, but a husband and father of two daughters; Christina and Cheri, and grandfather to Cherie’s daughters; Lauren and Alexandra.

Moran Choir

Photo credit Noga Shadmi

The Moran Choirs which includes 6 choirs with around 200 singers aging from 5-60, was established by Mrs. Naomi Faran in 1986. Faran has also been the conductor since its inception.

The Moran Youth Choir, based in Israel, includes 45 young singers ages 12-18. During its 3 decades of activity, the Moran Choir has made enormous musical and educational achievements. The choir won several competitions, participates in international festivals, sings with leading orchestras, and performs original compositions of the best Israeli composers.

The Moran Singers Ensemble consists of Moran Choir graduates, outstanding musicians, IDF Soldiers, and students & graduates from various music academies.

The Cecilia Ensemble is a new ensemble from the Moran Choir comprised of 8 outstanding solo vocalists from Israel. The 8 Voices Ensemble was founded by Naomi Faran to become the professional representative Ensemble performing original and unique musical programs in collaboration with the best composers from Israel and around the globe.

With the Moran Choir’s Community Outreach they combine outstanding singing into community activities with youth at risk, special needs children, and pediatric cancer patients at Schneider Children’s Hospital. Musical excellence as a means of helping underprivileged populations integrate into the mainstream is the predominant social goal of the Moran Choir.

Presenters

Gordon Robertson

Gordon Robertson officially joined his father’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in 1994. In addition to being the current president and CEO, he also serves on CBN’s board of directors.

Robertson is the executive producer and co-host of “The 700 Club” and 700 Club Interactive, which airs on ABC Family. He is also the executive producer of CBN’s Emmy-nominated “Superbook” series, which utilizes state-of-the-art animation to bring the stories of the Bible to the children of the world.

In recent years, Gordon has traveled the world as the executive producer and host of documentaries about history and biblical archaeology, including “The Jewish Jesus”, “Made in Israel”, “The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel”, “Pocahontas: Dove of Peace”, “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”, and the upcoming “To Life: How Israeli Volunteers are Changing the World”. Under his guidance, “Made in Israel,” was nominated for three Emmy awards in 2014.

A graduate of Yale University, Gordon went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University. For ten years, he practiced law in the Norfolk, Virginia area.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), and has devoted his life to building bridges of unity between these two great faiths as well as broad support for the state of Israel. The Fellowship raises more than $140 million annually, and to date has raised over $1.3 billion, to provide aid to Israel and her people worldwide in the areas of poverty, security, and aliyah.

Rabbi Eckstein is an internationally respected Bible teacher who has authored 11 highly acclaimed books and whose daily Holy Land Moments broadcast is aired on more than 1,600 radio outlets around the globe. Among his many accolades, he has been included multiple times on Newsweek’s list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in the U.S., honored by the U.S. Congress for his interfaith bridge-building, and awarded the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Award by the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee. His authorized biography, The Bridge Builder, was published in 2015. Rabbi Eckstein is married to Joelle, lives in Jerusalem, and has three daughters and eight grandchildren. Learn more at ifcj.org.

Tal Brody

Tal Brody made Aliya to Israel after the 1965- 7th Maccabiah Games and became one the most honored new immigrants in Israel’s history receiving at age 34, the highest civilian honor, the Israel Prize. He was selected to light the torch on Independence Day, he ran with the torch opening up the 9th Maccabiah Games, he Captained Maccabi Tel-Aviv winning Israel’s first European Basketball Championship, he was chosen as one of the top ten immigrants that influenced Israel by the NY Times, he selected to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and two years ago in the Israeli Parliament-Knesset, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Today, Tal serves as Israel’s Ambassador of Goodwill.

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is the host of the TV show “Huckabee” on TBN each weekend and is a Fox News contributor, NY Times best selling author of 12 books, and a frequent speaker for corporate, civic, and non-profit groups all over the world. He was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest serving Governors in his state’s history. He left a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, the reconstruction of his state’s road system, K-16 education reform, and a nationally heralded and duplicated health initiative that focused on prevention. His administration fought long-standing corruption in the state’s political machine, resulting in numerous indictments and convictions of powerful legislators and other elected officials. He ran in 2008 and 2016 for President, finishing 2nd in the Republican primary in 2008.

Governing Magazine named him as one of its “Public Officials of the Year” for 2005, and Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Governors Association, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission. He has been nationally recognized for his advocacy of the arts in education and raises money to provide musical instruments for children.

Huckabee an avid musician since age 11, is a bass player and often joins guest artists on his weekly television show, having played with Willie Nelson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, the late George Jones, and many others. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and music. He was named one of the “25 Most Influential People” for Conservation by Outdoor Life Magazine, and was named “Man of the Year” by the American Sportfishing Association in 1997. The former governor and his wife, Janet, spend time in Florida and Arkansas and have three grown children – John Mark Huckabee, David Huckabee and his wife, Lauren, and Sarah Sanders and her husband, Bryan – and six grandchildren. He is co-owner of radio stations in Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.

Shon Yurman (Krembo Wings Ambassador)

Shon Yurman is 22, has a twin sister, and grew up in Herzliya, Israel. She was also born with Cerebral Palsy. Shon has been an active member of Krembo Wings since the establishment of the branch in Herzliya in 2013 and, to her surprise, immediately became a counselor. Followed by almost two years of social service at the Herzliya municipality in the Youth Department, Shon returned to Krembo Wings – her second home – as the manager of the Krembo Wings Alumni Organization.

Shon says that ever since joining Krembo Wings, she is not the Shon she used to be. While she used to be very shy, introverted and insecure, today she is a smiling, social, and assertive leader.

Shon is also strongly engaged in Link20, a leadership network for young advocates for people with disabilities. In the Link20 forum, she is involved in fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities and is active in “Ta’assu Makom” (Give us a space), a project based on the Place Making approach that aims to identify potential in public spaces and turn them into places of identity and meaning, created by the people who use them.

In her free time, Shon enjoys listening to pop music and hanging out with her friends.
She plans to start studying Communications at the IDC Herzliya in the fall of 2018 .

Shaya Ben Yehuda

Shaya Ben Yehuda has been the Managing Director of the International Relations Division of Yad Vashem since 1999. During this period, Mr. Ben Yehuda managed the enhancement of Yad Vashem’s fundraising operations in order to meet the organization’s expanding needs, including major capital campaigns and an exponential increase in programmatic activities. In addition, during this time Mr. Ben Yehuda established the Christian Desk at Yad Vashem and was instrumental in establishing Friends societies in some 20 countries.

Having grown up on the religious kibbutz Yavne, Mr. Ben Yehuda served in the Israeli Defense Forces, first in the Air Force and later in the Armored Corps, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Prior to arriving at Yad Vashem, Mr. Ben Yehuda devoted eighteen years to Jewish education, which included the founding of the Open State Religious School “Efrata” in Jerusalem where he served as Principal for 10 years, and serving as Director of the Jewish Studies Department at the Mt. Scopus School in Melbourne, Australia.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Ben Yehuda holds both a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has completed advanced Jewish Studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and was a part of the Mandel Institute’s “Jerusalem Fellows” leadership program.
Mr. Ben Yehuda is married, with two children and two grandchildren.

Charity

A percentage of the revenue from the special event will be donated to Krembo Wings.

Krembo Wings is the only inclusive youth movement in Israel for children and youth with disabilities. Krembo Wings, whose motto is “Together, Creating a Meaningful Place for Everyone”, was founded on the belief that all children, regardless of their background or abilities, deserve a social life, enriching activities to develop their social skills, and the opportunity to make friends. This means not only for children with disabilities, but also for able-bodied youth of every cultural, religious, or socioeconomic background. Their mission is to provide integrative, inclusive, and accessible social activities for children who otherwise would not have such an opportunity.

For more information about Krembo Wings, please visit http://e.krembo.org.il

Sponsors

Leaders of the pro-Israel evangelical Christian community such as IFCJ, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the president of Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) Gordon Robertson are some of the more notable sponsors and supporters of the 70th Anniversary Gala Event.

Gordon RobertsonSponsor (CBN)
Rabbi Yechiel EcksteinSponsor (IFCJ)
Pat Boone Enterprises, Inc.

Production

Our talented production team has won multiple Emmy awards.
Presented by Krembo Wings
Produced by Krembo Wings, Hangar 11, and Israel’s 70th Anniversary Gala Celebration, LLC

Dann mossExecutive Producer

America’s Piano Showman, a title aptly given to one of the world’s premier performers of our time. From Carnegie Hall, to the honor of being the only person to ever perform inside the Tower of David, Jerusalem. Dino has captured the world with his unique talent, stellar performances and exceptional showmanship.

Two time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee for “Chariots of Fire”, eight time Dove Award winner and Tele Award winner for “Miracle’s”. Dino’s talent and performance prowess all started at the tender age of three, when he sat at an upright piano, and played both melody and harmony of a hymn he heard that morning at church. He grew into his talents and later studied at Julliard School of Music, and conservatories in both France and Germany.

Touring the world and playing in such places as Russia, Japan and Israel to name a few, also The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and many more prestigious venues nationwide. He also performed for Presidents and Dignitaries alike. Aside from touring the world Dino made countless network television appearances since the age of sixteen, plus the highly rated talk show “The Dino Show” produced and hosted by he and his wife Cheryl Kartsonakis. For over 25 years they wowed audiences around the globe in over 200 countries with variety of celebrity guests as well as performances by Dino and Cheryl.

In 2007, to the surprise and delight of his fans Dino and Cheryl opened “Dino’s 24Karrot Cake Company” located in Branson, Missouri, also shipping their “Celebrity Favorite” cakes nationwide.

Dino is not only an entertainer, but a husband and father of two daughters; Christina and Cheri, and grandfather to Cherie’s daughters; Lauren and Alexandra.

Milt SuchinExecutive Producer

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University majoring in Business Management and Theater. He enlisted and served three years in the United States Navy Air during the Viet Nam era. He began his entertainment career in the mailroom at International Famous Agency the forerunner of International Creative Management. He was a Senior Agent at ICM for ten years. He has been a guest lecturer on the entertainment industry at USC, UCLA, Hadassah and The International Modeling Association among other organizations. He was a member of The New York Friar’s Club and a member of their admission’s committee.

He was awarded the Los Angeles Mayor’s Certificate of Appreciation and the Bnai Brith District One’s Certificate of Appreciation. He co-produced the Texas Governor William Clement’s fundraiser in Dallas, starring Dionne Warwick, the entertainment portion of the 1989 University of Miami’s Grand Prix, starring Roberta Flack, Co-Produced an Evening With Sammy Davis, Jr., The Celebrity 500 Auto Race, The Most Watchable Man Contest for Metromedia Television, and the Human Dolphin Foundation Benefit for EST in San Francisco and Bob and Dolores Hope’s 50th Anniversary party at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

He has served as a talent consultant for the celebrity division of the New York Cerebral Palsy Association and the AMC Cancer Research Hospital. As a talent agent he represented Shirley MacLaine, The Pointer Sisters, Mel Torme’, Shields & Yarnell, Trini Lopez, the Pat Boone & Family show and Buddy Greco among others. In 1980 he formed his own talent management company and his first client was Phyllis Diller who he represented for over 33 years, as well as academy award winner Shirley Jones, Vikki Carr, Elvis Presley, Jr., Jack Jones, Michael Corbett, (Co-host of Extra and host of Mansions and millionaires), The Amazing Kreskin, Debbie Reynolds, Vikki Carr, Carol Lawrence, Debby Boone, Danny Musico (former Super Middleweight Champion, CariDee English (winner of America’s Next Top Model), Susan Stafford (the first co-host Wheel of Fortune), , LA Rams defensive end Jack Youngblood among others.

He was a member of the Entertainment Industry’s former main charity arm – Permanent Charities, The Magic Mirror Foundation, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Magic Arts, The Celebrity Outreach program, Hollywood International and the Bnai Brith Entertainment Industry Unit. He executive produced the Bill Harris in Hollywood series for the Showtime Networks.

David BrandCo-Executive Producer

David Brand is President and CEO of DMB Strategic, a consulting and advisory group focusing on market strategies for premium content creation vehicles that integrate various mediums of marketing and advertising strategies. David’s expertise lies in the B to B relationships he has cultivated as well as the value-add he has contributed to these most recent projects. In 2017 for the hit film “ In Our Hands-The Battle for Jerusalem” produced by the Christian Broadcast Network, David was lead in the marketing of the film to outreach communities both in the U.S. and globally. As well, for release this April, 2018 of the CBN film “To Life-How Israeli Volunteers Are Changing The World” David will again be lead in that role.

David is a retired business executive with a broad knowledge of retail operations and over 30 years of experience in building and developing sale and marketing teams. He is currently President and CEO of DMB Strategic, a consulting and advisory group focusing on domestic and international affairs and philanthropy. Formerly, David was President and CEO of The Alliance for Global Good (AFGG), a grant making organization dedicated to improving non-profits that focus on solving global crises.

Over the past 30 years, David has had extensive involvement in the following major organizations: American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council; United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Executive Committee and Board of Directors; United Jewish Appeal Young Leadership Cabinet; American Friends of Tel Aviv University Board member, and American Friends of The Israeli Navy Seals Board member. David has a wide circle of influence, including Jewish and non-Jewish leaders, political officials, and both religious and elected influencers. David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Political Science and Mideast Affairs from American University and Tel Aviv University. David and his wife, Bonnie, have three children and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Hank SaroyanProducer

With a career spanning over four decades, starting at 23, writer, producer, director, Hank Saroyan, nephew of William Saroyan, has amassed a slew of awards and commendations for excellence, including Emmy Awards in both animation and live-action.

He has created shows with and for the late Dick Clark, Jim Henson, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, helming such classics as Chicago, In The Rockies; Roberta Flack, the First Time Ever; Chicago, Meanwhile Back At The Ranch; Three Dog Night Night, The New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts; plus ABC In Concert From London & Los Angeles wherein he staged, recorded, and mixed over 150 rock bands live on stage.

Hank was also the first producer/director in 47 years to bring a William Saroyan short story, ”The Parsley Garden,” to the small screen 1993. Starring Adreinne Barbeau, Tom Bosley, Curtis Armstrong, and James Earle Jones, staged and shot in Fresno, California, on the very streets where his father, Henry and his Uncle Bill roamed as young boys, and earned Hank the Outstanding Directing Emmy.

He also helmed Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies for a decade, story editing and voice directing, writing the theme, producing all songs, two CD’s, plus writing The Muppet Babies Broadway show, Imagination Station, which toured the US for a year.

He is currently working on his show business autobiography, “My Fifty Years in the Idiot Box (and the five geniuses I met there,)” and has recently signed a deal with the Stanford University Library granting him rights to produce and direct over twenty most beloved William Saroyan Short Stories, tentatively titled, The William Saroyan Theater.