Last week, Jay Leno performed at a special concert fundraiser at Lincoln Center for United Hatzalah, Israel’s largest volunteer EMS service. Mr. Leno also offered to donate a fully equipped ambucycle that the EMS organization can use to save lives in Israel.
The former Tonight Show host called Eli Beer, United Hatzalah’s founder and president, to the stage for the announcement. Once the ambucycle, which costs $36,000, is outfitted and adorned with Jay Leno’s name, it will join the fleet of more than 400 ambucylces used by the volunteer EMS service.
Mr. Leno also challenged the audience to join him in supporting lifesaving in Israel by donating to the organization then and there. He offered anyone who donated $1,000 a free tour of his garage, which houses his large car and motorcycle collection. An additional $50,000 was raised on the spot.
The concert at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue featured performances by musical entertainer Lipa Schmeltzer and the rock band 8th Day. It also featured the Neshama Orchestra and was hosted by Jewish Radio personality Nachum Segal. Concert sponsors included Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein, Bob and Amy Book, and Mendy and Barbara Silber.