Published on : 06/05/2016
By : Arista Asmawati
On Thursday May 19th, KKL-JNF Italy held a fundraiser gala in Milan on the 31st floor of one of the most famous towers in the city.
More than 200 guests turned out for the event, including businessmen, politicians and prominent figures of the local Jewish community. Andrew Viterbi was the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the event.
Mr. Viterbi is an Italian Jew who was born in Bergamo. At the age of four, he immigrated with his family to the United States, days before the outbreak of World War II. Many years later, Viterbi developed the "Viterbi Algorithm", one of the main components in cellular phone development and WI-FI technology. Mr. Viterbi is a philanthropist and a friend of Israel.
The event included a panel discussion with the participation of Mr. Viterbi along with Pier Luigi Vercesi, the editor of Corriere della Sera’s Sette magazine, and Fiorenzo Galli, President of the Science and Technology Museum of Milan. In addition, Mr. Naor Gilon, the Ambassador of Israel to Italy, spoke and lauded KKL-JNF for its great work in Italy.
Council Member Claudia Terzi, who made a working visit in Israel this year on behalf of KKL-JNF, represented Italy’s Lombardia region. Mrs. Terzi commended KKL-JNF for its extensive activities on behalf of people and their environment. The gala event was also attended by the President of KKL-JNF Italy, Rafi Sasson.
The fundraising event was dedicated to two projects in Israel: ALUT Kfar Saba and the Israeli Air Force Airbase in Tel Nof. At the event, a significant amount of money was raised to promote these two projects.
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