Benefits Chai Lifeline Southeast
Edie Laquer, Woman of the Year Award recipient;
Ellen Weiss, Director of Chai Lifeline;
and Harriet Paul
Meital Cohen, Chai Lifeline's first client,
with her parents David and Orit
On February 3, 2008, friends and supporters of the Chai Lifeline Southeast, Lasko Family Southeast Family Services Center will come together for the “Make-A-Difference” Gala. At last year’s gala annual dinner 600 guests celebrated 14 years of Chai Lifeline’s positive impact on the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
The event also allowed Chai Lifeline Southeast the opportunity to acknowledge leaders who have helped meet the requests of growing numbers of families. “Woman of the Year” Edie Laquer noted that she was introduced to Chai Lifeline by friends and was profoundly touched by the organization. "Chai Lifeline does what no organization does for the family, and I am truly proud to be a part of this," said Laquer.
The “Chai Heritage Award” was presented to Shoshan and Baruch Halpern. The Halperns, well known for their compassion and philanthropic endeavors, became involved with Chai Lifeline after witnessing how the organization changed the lives of their friends whose child was battling pediatric cancer.
Carol Lasek and Howard Bienenfeld received the “Chai Leadership Award.” "We are honored to be recognized by such a caring organization," said Lasek. "We wish for the day when we will no longer need such dinners."
The youngest recipient of the evening was Becca Masin, who received the “Share the Simcha Award.” Last year, Becca asked her Bat Mitzvah guests to contribute to Chai Lifeline instead of giving her gifts. She was able to share her Simcha with the children at Camp Simcha, who delighted in a carnival she sponsored.