Official Press Release
The American Friends of the Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel will host an exclusive gala, “From Vision to Reality”, on September 26, 2010 at the Grand Ballroom of the Kodak Theatre in the Hollywood / Highland Complex.
Film producer Avi Arad, the event honoree, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding legacy as an impressive role model for today’s youth. The 5 top “Ambassador” student winners from Israel, and award-winning teacher, will also be acknowledged for significant educational achievements.
Approximately 500 guests are expected, including Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and other prominent community members, business/entertainment industry leaders, and Israeli and U.S. dignitaries. The evening will boast a red carpet reception at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7:30 pm. A high-tech multimedia show will follow, featuring the faces and sounds of Israel through lights, music, and dance. The presentation will highlight Israel's 62 years of accomplishments, her different ethnic backgrounds, and the quest for empowering citizens through education.
Event Co-Chairs are: Adele and Beny Alagem, Dora and Neil Kadisha, Parviz and Pouran Nazarian, and Cheryl and Haim Saban.
Corporate sponsors include: Saban Family Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, El Al Airlines, Hearst Entertainment and King Features, and Bank Leumi.
The importance of education and leadership for the next generation will be highlighted throughout the course of the evening.
CECI is dedicated to paving the way for a more stable and flourishing Israel through research and education. CECI’s initiatives focus on education of democracy and leadership programs. These initiatives empower Israeli citizens with a better understanding of their rights and obligations and encourage greater civic involvement in their communities to positively impact the future of the country. CECI is an apolitical, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. For more information please visit www.ceci.org.il