The evening will highlight some of the key scientific advances at the University of Haifa that are enriching the lives of residents of northern Israel and enhancing the prosperity and security of the State of Israel.
Two generous benefactors – Audrey Gruss and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Foundation — will receive the University of Haifa’s prestigious Carmel Award of Merit. The Award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of the University of Haifa and the State of Israel.
“We are delighted to provide an opportunity for the many friends of the University of Haifa in Greater New York,” said Warren Gleicher, Chair of the ASUH Board of Directors, “to celebrate the remarkable scientific achievements of the talented faculty and students of the University and to pay tribute to dedicated supporters of ground-breaking research.”
Audrey Gruss (at right) and her husband Martin established a private philanthropic foundation to support a wide range of charitable activities, especially focusing on the cultural arts and education. Mrs. Gruss founded the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) in honor of her mother, Hope, in 2006.
At the University of Haifa Mrs. Gruss established the Institute for the Study of Affective Neuroscience (ISAN). ISAN promotes original research and, through sharing and dissemination of knowledge, is enabling scientists in Israel and around the world to move closer to understanding the causes and developing new treatments for emotional brain disorders. The University of Haifa awarded Mrs. Gruss an honorary doctorate in 2007 for her leadership and visionary giving.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional nonprofits and other mission-aligned organizations in the U.S. and around the world in health, selected place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Launched in 2010, the Trust’s grantmaking program in Israel has provided more than $120 million to leading institutions and initiatives that seek to strengthen Israel’s leadership in scientific, technological and medical research, its health care preparedness, and its standing in the world.
At the University of Haifa, the Trust established The Helmsley Mediterranean Sea Research Center: Deep Sea and Shallow Water Research Infrastructure to provide Israeli scientists with the modern research and academic infrastructure required to address recent offshore energy and coastal developments. The Center will establish a national facility for housing, maintaining and developing unmanned underwater vehicles and other deep-sea equipment, construct coastal marine research facilities, upgrade Israel’s deep sea and shallow water research equipment, and construct laboratories equipped with modern analysis capabilities to support the interdisciplinary research agenda.
“We are delighted that this effort will further establish the University of Haifa as one of region’s leading marine research facilities and provide an invaluable resource for scholars and scientists throughout Israel,” said Sandor Frankel (at left), a Trustee of the Helmsley Charitable Trust who will be accepting the Carmel Award of Merit on behalf of the Trust. “And we look forward to the many advances in marine science, energy development and other related subject areas that will emanate from the new Center for years to come.”
For further information, including sporsorship opportunities, contact Regina Gottfried, ASUH, Director – East Coast Region, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.344.2784, ext. 26.