Celebrities Help Raise Record $53.8 Million For IDF


On Thursday night, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) raised a record $53.8 million at its annual Western Region Gala (last year they raised a “mere” $38 million!) And as usual, there were celebrities on hand to help with this good cause, including Gerard Butler, David Foster, Joanna Krupa, Katharine McPhee, Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Melissa Rivers, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Oracle Co-Founder Larry Ellison donated a whopping $16.6 million. I love how he explained why he supports the IDF:

“For 2,000 years, we were a stateless people, but now, we have a country we can call our own. Through all of the perilous times since Israel’s founding, we have called on the brave men and women of the IDF to defend our home. In my mind, there is no greater honor than supporting some of the bravest people in the world,..”

The Butler did it again – this is not his first show of support for the IDF and Israel (Photo credit: Alexi Rosenfeld)
He’ll be back…next year no doubt (Photo credit: Shahar Azran)
Sealfie? (Photo credit: Shahar Azran)
Photo credit: Shahar Azran
Photo credit: Shahar Azran
Photo credit: Shahar Azran

Judging by the number of hate comments I have had to delete from my post on the fundraiser last year, I know these posts get up the haters’ noses. They clearly hate the idea that some of their on-screen and musical heroes actually support the good guys!

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A lawyer by education, David Lange - founder and managing editor of Israellycool - found his calling in advocating for Israel and the Jewish people. He is available for public speaking engagements.