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Curtis Sliwa, Founder, Guardian Angels, Receives ELEM Youth in Distress in Israel’s Lifesaver Award ELEM Raises nearly $300,000 to Aid Troubled Youth in Israel
New York — (Nov. 17) — Tuesday, Nov. 14, nearly 200 people gathered at ELEM Youth In Distress in Israel’s 2017 Ray of Hope Gala to raise funds for troubled Israeli youth of all backgrounds. Approximately $300,000 was raised. ELEM is Israel’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and adjudicated Jewish and Arab Israeli youth.
Award Presentation: L-R Lori Gosset, vice president, ELEM, Lenore Ruben, president, ELEM, Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels
ABC Radio Personality, Gala Host Noam Laden interviews Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels
L-R: Ann Bialkin, founder, ELEM, Bobbie Glass, board member, ELEM, Lenore Ruben, president, ELEM
Member of the Three Waiters performs at ELEM’s Gala
ELEM was founded in 1982 by a group of American and Israeli professionals and lay volunteers to help Israel’s population of at-risk youth become productive citizens. Today ELEM is Israel’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and adjudicated Jewish and Arab Israeli youth. The youth ELEM serves face tremendous hurdles; many live below the poverty line or struggle to assimilate as new immigrants. With a network of 250 professionals and almost 2,000 volunteers, ELEM is able to reach tens of thousands of youth each year. ELEM provides a unique brand of non-judgmental, innovative aid including group and individual therapy, mentoring, occupational and educational placement, and vocational training. ELEM also operates a wide network of counseling and support centers, as well as a fleet of outreach vans that take to the streets to reach the hidden “children of the night.”