ITEC’s 2022 Gala

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Posted on: 12/01/2022

From the Lower East Side to Hollywood: Israel Tennis and Education Centers (ITEC) Foundation Goes Bi-Coastal with Gala Events In New York and Los Angeles

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELESIsrael Tennis and Education Centers (ITEC) Foundation will host its annual gala with bi-coastal events in Los Angeles on November 30th and New York City, December 6th.

Chair for the New York event is ITEC International Board Member, Global Business Board Member and New York Regional Board President, Wendy Slavin. The Los Angeles event is co-chaired by Slavin and US Board Member, David Nickoll.

The Los Angeles event is set to take place at the Skirball Cultural Center, while the New York event will be held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Both evenings will feature the award-winning, internationally acclaimed comedian and writer Alex Edelman.The New York event will be highlighted by a joint appearance by legendary Israeli tennis stars and doubles partners Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich. Andy and Yoni both now serve in key leadership positions at ITEC.

“The ITEC Foundation galas are always among the great highlights of our year,” said Karin Buchholz, Global Executive Director of the Israel Tennis and Education Centers Foundation. “This year’s bi-coastal events speak to our growing presence across North America and beyond. We welcome both our longtime supporters and those who may be engaging with ITEC for the first time. We promise an unforgettable evening, filled with both joyous laughter and profound, lasting impact.”

Established in 1976, the non-profit ITEC, works to create a peaceful, stable and stronger Israeli society by breaking barriers and building bridges for all of its children. With 17 centers across Israel, ITEC engages upwards of 20,000 children annually and the result is an ever-growing number of connections bridging the divide between culture, class, ethnicity and socioeconomic disparity. The ITEC Foundation is based in North America with offices in New York City, Toronto and Florida.

Platinum Sponsors for the Galas are Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer and Amy & Bob Hendricks. Bronze Sponsor for the New York Gala is Cowen.

The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. The Skirball Cultural Center welcomes people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and help build a more just society.

The building on the Lower East Side that is now home to the The Angel Orensanz Foundation was originally built in 1849 as a synagogue and was the oldest Reformed Synagogue in the US. It was purchased in 1986 by Spanish sculptor and painter Angel Orensanz, who restored the building and converted it into an art gallery, performance space and event space.

About Israel Tennis and Education Centers (ITEC)

Israel Tennis and Education Centers (ITEC) creates hope, builds friendships and inspires dreams by providing opportunities to support every child who lives in Israel regardless of geography, religion, ethnicity, physical ability or socioeconomic status. Through its programs, ITEC helps to build a stronger and more peaceful state of Israel.

Though tennis is at the core of what ITEC offers, it is only the first step in a much broader program of personal growth, centered around emotional and social development. Tennis is the way in, the tool that empowers the children of ITEC to learn the life skills that will help them pursue their dreams. ITEC embraces children of all abilities and physical skills.

The ITEC Foundation, the development arm of ITEC, is based in New York City, Florida and Toronto.