ASUH’s Chicago Gala Honors Lasky Foundation and The Trendlines Group

ASUH_ChicagoGala_0220.jpgIsraeli singer-songwriter David Broza (right) helped the American Society of the University of Haifa celebrate the “Future of Israel” at its first annual Chicago Gala on November 2, 2014 at The Standard Club.

 

More than 100 friends and supporters were on hand to honor the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation and Steven Rhodes and D. Todd Dollinger, Co-CEO’s and Foundersof The Trendlines Group, a venture capital company backing agriculture and medical start-ups in Israel.

“We are delighted to have provided an opportunity for the many friends of the University of Haifa in the Midwest to gather together,” said Yefet Ozery, ASUH National Executive Director, “to celebrate the bright prospects of the University and to pay tribute to loyal and innovative supporters of research and innovation in Israel.”

“We are delighted to have provided an opportunity for the many friends of the University of Haifa in the Midwest to gather together,” said Yefet Ozery, ASUH National Executive Director, “to celebrate the bright prospects of the University and to pay tribute to loyal and innovative supporters of research and innovation in Israel.”

Lasky Presentation CROPPED_0175.jpgDirector Mitchell Feinberg (right) accepted the University of Haifa Carmel Award of Merit on behalf of The Lasky Foundation, which supports a variety of cultural and educational organizations and programs in Chicago and Israel.  Over the past decade the Lasky Foundation has provided generous grants for scholarships and research at the Center for the Study of Child Development at the University of Haifa. (See a video about the Lasky Foundation).

Presentation to Trendlines CROPPED_0029.jpgTodd Dollinger and Steve Rhodes, (left) Chicago natives who founded The Trendlines Group, were presented with the ASUH Global Business Development Leadership Award in recognition of their contributions to innovation in Israel. Trendlines has helped more than 50 Israeli medical and agricultural technology start-ups raise $160 million in the past seven years, and its companies have won numerous awards from the Israeli government and international organizations. (See a video about The Trendlines Group).

Ami Ayalon - CROPPED_0161.jpgThe evening also featured a special performance by internationally renowned Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza and a Keynote Address by Admiral (Ret.) Ami Ayalon, Chair of the Executive Committee of the University of Haifa and former Head of Shin Bet, the Israeli Secret Service.

Special guests included Alex Goldman-Shayman, Deputy Consul General of Israel to Midwest, and Prfessor Alfred I. Tauber, Chairman, Board of Governors of the University of Haifa. Michael Traison, a member of the University of Haifa’s Board of Governors, and Michael Rosen were co-chairs of the event.

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Samuel Wm. Sax(left) and Joel J. Sprayregen received special recognition for their contributions to the Jewish community in Chicago and to the University of Haifa from Board of Governors Chairman Professor Afred Tauber and ASUH National Executive Director Yefet Ozert.

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