There is no doubt that the Friends of WIZO Sponsor a Child annual luncheon and fashion show is the largest and most prestigious fundraising event in Israel attracting high-profile women from the top echelon of Israeli society. This year’s event, held at the magnificent home of Mr. and Mrs. Halimi in Herzlia Pituach, exceeded expectations as 150 guests enjoyed a delicious buffet luncheon and watched a fashion show by leading Israeli designer Yaron Minkowski whose magnificent styles were complemented by the idyllic backdrop of an azure swimming pool.
This splendid event raised funds for the first stage of renovations for a newly adopted Friends of WIZO Daycare Center. The Garden of Hope, situated in an economically deprived area of Petach Tikva is 20 years old and in need of a complete renovation to meet the current health and safety regulations. Eighty-two toddlers attend the daycare centre, and approximately 50% of them have been referred by welfare authorities.
The success of this year’s fashion show, the 12th Sponsor a Child Annual Luncheon can be attributed to the hard work of the 10-member committee, under the expert chairmanship of Mrs. Betty Crystal, herself a generous donor and honorary member of WIZO. The fashion show was coordinated by Birgitte Kormind, a member of the committee that Betty describes as a "dream team."
Betty Crystal said, “We enjoy great success because we work as a team and our combined enthusiasm, resources and drive compels us to strive ever harder to do more for the children. We are also blessed with wonderful donors and benefactors and we like to share our successes with them, inviting them to visit the daycare centre, to see the beneficial impact it has on the children of Israel. It is truly heartwarming. ”