The 2017 Annual Gala celebrating the work of Chai Lifeline internationally was an evening of laughter and tears, amazement and awe.
Master Mentalist Lior Suchard astounded with his abilities. At one point, two members of the audience multiplied several numbers important only to them. When they revealed the number on their cellphone, he revealed the number on a huge scroll. When the scroll was turned upside down, the numbers spelled out “Chai Lifeline.”
The crowd was brought to tears by the hauntingly beautiful “We Are Strong: The Faces of Hope,” written by Malky Storch, Bracha Goldstein, and Miriam Storch. They sang the song to their beloved sister, Hudis, as she lay dying. It was sung publicly for the first time by 8th Day at the Gala.
The Gala also gave an opportunity to thank Dr. Michael Apkon and SickKids Hospital in Toronto for the partnership that enables Chai Lifeline to bring services to children and families in Canada’s premiere children’s health institution. Dr. Apkon received the Maimonides Medical Achievement Award.
Shira Konski and Scott Moerdler and Miriam and DJ Elefant received the Camp Simcha Appreciation Award for their leadership in the Alumni Association and their ongoing contributions to Chai Lifeline.
Drs. Tammy and Hillel Bryk were given the Chai Heritage Award for their 24/365 devotion to Chai Lifeline and their extraordinary efforts to raise funds and awareness through their participation in Tour de Simcha and Team Lifeline.