The Tower Campaign Comes to Aspen

L to R: Dalia Itzik, Nancy Falchuk, Arlene & Jason Israel, Marnin Michaels

On August 5th, Karen Davidson hosted a special evening at her home in Aspen, Colorado, to introduce an international group of philanthropists to the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower. Approximately 65 guests from the Aspen community, other parts of the United States and as far away as Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, Switzerland and Israel, attended the event, which was co-hosted by Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah.

Karen Davidson is the owner of the Detroit Pistons, the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan (the home of the Pistons), and Palace Sports & Entertainment.

L to R: Michael Schiff, Judi & Brad Schram

In 2007, Karen Davidson and her late husband, William Davidson, on behalf of Guardian Industries Corp., the automotive and building glass supplier owned by Mr. Davidson, provided a $75 million gift--one of the largest ever made to a Jewish organization--to Hadassah in support of the Tower. In recognition of their generosity and to honor the memory of Mr. Davidson’s mother, Hadassah named the new 19-story hospital the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower.

“I am thrilled to be able to bring so many Hadassah leaders and donors as well as other philanthropists together at my home,” Mrs. Davidson said. “Hadassah is a wonderful organization and the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower is a truly exciting project.”

Dominique Spillman & Judy Swartz

The two keynote speakers were Professor Shlomo Mor-Yosef, Director General of the Hadassah Medical Center, and Professor Chaim Lotan, Director of the Heart Institute at Hadassah University Hospital. Dalia Itzik, a member of the Israeli Knesset and former Speaker of the Knesset, also spoke.

“The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower is the mission of our generation,” said Prof. Mor-Yosef. “With our passion, our commitment and our dedication, our professionalism and tzedakah, our love and our dedication to tikkun olam, we will complete the task.” 

Moshe & Andrea Silagi

Andrea and Moshe Silagi were the Co-Chairs for the evening. Judy and Sidney Swartz, Co-Chairs for the Tower Campaign, served as Vice Chairs of the Dinner Committee for the Aspen event. Both Mrs. Swartz and Mrs. Silagi are members of the National Board of Hadassah.

“The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower brings not only the best in medical care and biomedical research to Israel and the Middle East, but also the special promise of sustaining Hadassah’s future for the next 100 years,” Mr. Silagi stated.

The Aspen gathering is the first of a series of Signature Events that will take place around the country to introduce philanthropists to Hadassah and the Tower.


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