Chai Lifeline will hold its annual gala on Monday, November 19, at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. Dr. Cheryl and Yitzy Book of Monsey and Nicole Lieberman of Manhattan are Camp Simcha Appreciation award honorees, Mayer and Chaya Rivka Fischl of Lakewood are the guests of honor, and Dr. Charles Schleien of New Rochelle is the Medical Achievement award recipient. Joining Chai Lifeline in celebrating this year’s gala theme — “Dream. Hope. Inspire” –will be comedian Elon Gold, who also will be the emcee, and musician Shulem Lemmer.
Dr. Cheryl and Yitzy Book are Camp Simcha alumni. Cheryl volunteered as a Camp Simcha counselor and division head before joining the Chai Lifeline staff, where she is director of clinical and family services. Her husband, Yitzy, also is a longtime supporter of Chai Lifeline and is a regular at Chai Lifeline events, including the Purim carnival, Chanukah gala, annual retreats, and he often delivers meals to Chai Lifeline families.
“Chai Lifeline gives children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses permission to dream again, and the freedom to hope for a better future,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, chief executive officer of Chai Lifeline. “In return, these children inspire all of us to do more, and to toil that much harder on their behalf to help them realize their dreams. Our work would not be possible without the unwavering commitment of our distinguished honorees, and I thank each of them for being partners with Chai Lifeline.”
Chai Lifeline offers vital assistance through its two unique medically supervised overnight camps, Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special; insurance advocacy; counseling; after-school siblings programs; family retreats; and many other services for all family members at no cost. For more information, go to www.chaidinner.org.