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$100,000 - SPONSORS VIP RECEPTION

$75,000 - ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

The Oelbaum Family

$54,000 - NEGEV SPONSOR

Anonymous

$36,000 - BE’ER SHEVA SPONSOR

Tamara & Gary Fine
Andrea & Elliot Kohn

$100,000 - SPONSORS VIP RECEPTION

$75,000 - ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

The Oelbaum Family

$54,000 - NEGEV SPONSOR

Anonymous

$36,000 - BE’ER SHEVA SPONSOR

$20,000 - BEN-GURION SPONSOR

The Irwin Beutel Foundation
David & Risa Dulberg
Warren & Debbie Kimel
The Koschitzky Family
Anton & Ilana Rabie
Susan & John Rose
Ralph & Joy Shepherd
Eric Beutel & Deborah Siegel
Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski

$10,000 - SDE BOKER SPONSOR

Ladislao and Maggie Bergamo
Austin & Nani Beutel
Tom & Judy Hofstedter
Wendy & Elliott Eisen and Family
Jonathan & Dana Lampe
Frank & Nancy Laurie
Jordan and Rhonda Lipson
David Ehrlich & Mary Murphy
Eric Beutel & Deborah Siegel
Carole & Bernie Zucker and Family

$20,000 - BEN-GURION SPONSOR

The Irwin Beutel Foundation
David & Risa Dulberg
Warren & Debbie Kimel
The Koschitzky Family
Anton & Ilana Rabie
Susan & John Rose
Eric Beutel & Deborah Siegel
Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski

$10,000 - SDE BOKER SPONSOR

Ladislao and Maggie Bergamo
Austin & Nani Beutel
Tom & Judy Hofstedter
Wendy & Elliott Eisen and Family
Andrea & Elliot Kohn
Jonathan & Dana Lampe
Frank & Nancy Laurie
David Ehrlich & Mary Murphy
Ralph & Joy Shepherd
Carole & Bernie Zucker and Family

INNOVATORS CIRCLE $5,000 – EILAT SPONSOR

Karen Basian
Ruth Garbe
Norman & Debbie Godfrey
Bradley Goldhar & Nathalie Lalonde Goldhar
Brenda Simpson & Len Goodman
Miriam Lubin, Shane Grosman & Family
Matthew & Daphna Grossman
Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan
David & Leanne Matlow
Penny Offman
Isadore and Rosalie Sharp
Oren Wenner
David & Amy Weinberg

INNOVATORS CIRCLE $3,600 – MITZPE RAMON SPONSOR

Peter & Stella Ekstein
Jack Frieberg & Sandra Herlick
Steven Rogul & Rivian Miller
The Leonard Simpson Family Foundation
Carole & Jay Sterling
Shimmy & Ayala Wenner

INNOVATORS CIRCLE $1,800 - FRIENDS OF BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY

Anonymous
Justin & Elissa Beber
Tammy Glied and Robert Beliak
Eric Solomon and Karen Berg
Warren Blatt
Tiana Koffler Boyman & Marc Boyman
The Brooke Foundation
The DH Gales Family Charitable Foundation
Sam Cordes
Beth and Bram Costin
Morton & Rosemary Goldhar
Matthew & Daphna Grossman
Andrea and Stephen Halperin
Jay Heller & Anita Herczeg
Mary Ellen Herman
Alison Himel
Irving Himel
Ella Plotkin & Brian Kelsall
Michael & Rachel Kerbel
The Koven Family
Jonathan & Elayna Latsky
Brian Medjuck
Keith & Suzette Meloff
Cyndi and Max Mintzberg
David Nadler and Tara Dubrow Nadler
Steve & Leah Roth
Susan Latremoille & Len Siegel
Jacques & Vivian Sayegh
Galit Solomon
William Quinn
Michael Sherman & Emily Rayson
Jordan & Gillian Robins
Jeffrey Beber and Elana Rose
Jeffrey & Lori Rosenthal
Phillip Rubinoff
Guela Solow & Harry Ruda
Robert & Debi Schacter
Rob Kumer & Barbara Schechter
Eric Goldberg and Genna Schnurbach
Stephen Selznick & Jordyn Selznick
Norman & Janet Shiner
Alan & Rebecca Simpson
Fern Simpson Reich and Steven Sofer
Michael and Debbie Spigelman
Matthew Sapera & Darren Sukonick
Martin & Carol Sugar
Melech & Heather Tanen
Ken & Jennifer Tanenbaum
Craig & Kimberly Walters
Oren Wenner
Sheldon Freeman & Sharlene Wilder

INNOVATORS CIRCLE $5,000 – EILAT SPONSOR

Karen Basian
Ruth Garbe
Norman & Debbie Godfrey
Bradley Goldhar & Nathalie Lalonde Goldhar
Brenda Simpson & Len Goodman
Miriam Lubin, Shane Grosman & Family
Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan
David & Leanne Matlow
Penny Offman
Isadore and Rosalie Sharp
David & Amy Weinberg

INNOVATORS CIRCLE $3,600 – MITZPE RAMON SPONSOR

Peter & Stella Ekstein
Jack Frieberg & Sandra Herlick
Steven Rogul & Rivian Miller
The Leonard Simpson Family Foundation
Carole & Jay Sterling
Shimmy & Ayala Wenner

INNOVATORS CIRCLE $1,800 - FRIENDS OF ANDERSON COOPER SPONSOR

Anonymous
Justin & Elissa Beber
Tammy Glied and Robert Beliak
Eric Solomon and Karen Berg
Warren Blatt
Tiana Koffler Boyman & Marc Boyman
The DH Gales Family Charitable Foundation
Sam Cordes
Beth and Bram Costin
Morton & Rosemary Goldhar
Matthew & Daphna Grossman
Andrea and Stephen Halperin
Jay Heller & Anita Herczeg
Mary Ellen Herman
Alison Himel
Irving Himel
Ella Plotkin & Brian Kelsall
Michael & Rachel Kerbel
The Koven Family
Jonathan & Elayna Latsky
Brian Medjuck
Keith & Suzette Meloff
David Nadler and Tara Dubrow Nadler
Galit Solomon
William Quinn
Michael Sherman & Emily Rayson
Jordan & Gillian Robins
Jeffrey Beber and Elana Rose
Jeffrey & Lori Rosenthal
Phillip Rubinoff
Guela Solow & Harry Ruda
Robert & Debi Schacter
Rob Kumer & Barbara Schechter
Eric Goldberg and Genna Schnurbach
Norman & Janet Shiner
Susan Latremoille & Len Siegel
Michael and Debbie Spigelman
Fern Simpson Reich and Steven Sofer
Alan & Rebecca Simpson
Matthew Sapera & Darren Sukonick
Melech & Heather Tanen

Craig & Kimberly Walters
Sheldon Freeman & Sharlene Wilder

THE GALA

/// About 'THE WAY FORWARD GALA'

Join BGU Canada in Toronto on December 1, 2024 at THE WAY FORWARD GALA – Supporting the Road to Rehabilitation and Recovery in the Negev.

THE CAUSE

The case for giving:
There is still immense and ongoing suffering in Israel right now. On constant alert and under sustained threat, most Israelis are in a fragile state, particularly the residents of the communities lining the Gaza border in the Western Negev and those in Southern Israel. These two geographic areas have been disproportionally affected by October 7th, with many residents in a state of acute trauma. The extreme stress associated with this war has only been compounded by the recent missile attacks from Iran and their proxies.
Ben- Gurion University (BGU) understands all too well that the health of Southern Israel is paramount to the strength and vitality of Israel as a whole. If southern Israel falls, Tel Aviv is next. Cognizant of BGU’s mandate to serve as a catalyst for growth in the Negev, BGU is committed to addressing the anguish experienced by Negev residents and building resilience in the region, in addition to helping the BGU community of students, faculty and staff. BGU’s efforts do not end in the Negev. The University is also leveraging its expertise to develop the tools and resources needed to help people across the country cope with their ongoing pain.

Right now, more than ever before, Israelis need mental health support to ensure that during this protracted crisis, they can continue to rebuild and rebound. At a recent hearing at the Knesset, survivors of the Nova massacre testified about their severe mental health struggles. A Psychologist with the Israeli Health Ministry has said that the survivors of October 7th are going to need a lot of ongoing help. BGU is at the centre of this work, leading the way in PTSD recovery, trauma rehabilitation and grief counseling.

There is an urgent need for mental health services so Israelis can begin to heal from the generational trauma of October 7th. Now more than ever, your philanthropic support is critical, to aid BGU, the Negev, and Israel in this healing process.

01. BGU’s Psychological Services Hotline for

Students and Staff

Following the October 7th attack, BGU’s Psychological Services Unit immediately established a mental health first-aid center – a hotline aimed at providing immediate initial psychological assistance to members of the BGU community and referrals to those in need of more extensive counseling and emotional support from mental health professionals and trauma specialists.
The hotline continues to serve as the critical first line of defense in ensuring the emotional resilience of the BGU community, regularly serving hundreds.
For some people, a call to the hotline for immediate comfort is sufficient. Others will require one-on-one counselling and/or specialized therapeutic programs. They may suffer from depression, anxiety, or PTSD. In addition to counselling, specialized therapeutic programs include writing, sports, and outdoor experiential activities for peer support.

02. The Duet Reflective

Parenting Center

The Duet Reflective Parenting Center is helping adults and children in Israel who are grappling with significant stress and anxiety. Children are particularly vulnerable in this atmosphere of uncertainty. On October 7th, the Duet center sprang into action, establishing a hotline for parents of young children offering the services of developmental and educational psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, 24/7. The Duet Reflective Parenting Center also trains medical professionals, therapists, educators, and parents in the reflective approach, with the goal of improving children’s ability to both cope during these stressful and uncertain times and deal with ongoing emergency situations over time.

03. Ben-Gurion University Community Clinic: Providing Psychological Services for the Region

Residents in southern Israel, including the greater Be’er Sheva region, have historically had limited access to state-of-the-art psychological treatment. In 2018, the Department of Psychology established the Ben-Gurion University Community Clinic to provide this underserved population with cutting edge evidence based psychological services, run by world renowned faculty members.
Within 24 hours of the Hamas attack, a first response team from the clinic travelled to Eilat and the Dead Sea to deliver psychological first-aid to individuals, groups, and families from Kfar Aza, Re’em, Ofakim, and Sderot who survived the October 7th massacre. This heartbreaking work involved accompanying family members as they realized who had been killed, who had lost loved ones, and who was kidnapped.
Two weeks after the attacks, the clinic set up a satellite field clinic in the town of Ofakim to provide treatment for traumatized individuals and families. Ofakim was one of the hardest hit towns – over 50 residents were killed, including five police officers. Psychologists from the clinic traveled to Ofakim every week for almost five months, treating approximately 40-50 individuals/families, many of whom had not opened their doors or left their homes for weeks, even to go to the grocery store or pharmacy. Children and their parents were suffering from acute traumatic symptoms, and the entire social structure, including civil and social services, was in chaos. As people got back on track, the clinic’s psychologists have helped them process the events they underwent and re-envision their future. Many lost their places of employment or were forced to relocate and are rebuilding their lives.
The centre continues to see individuals and families from Ofakim who now come to Be’er Sheva for treatment.
Support of the Ben-Gurion University Community Clinic enables the clinic’s team to treat those most affected and provide emergency psychological first-aid and trauma-based interventions.

THE SPEAKER

An Evening with Ambassador Nikki Haley

Nikki HaleyAmbassador Nikki R. Haley is the former United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She served as a member of the National Security Council and President Donald Trump’s cabinet, where she broke ground as the first South Asian-American woman to hold a cabinet-level position.

Born in Bamberg, South Carolina to parents who immigrated from India, Ambassador Haley learned the value of hard work from a young age. After graduating from Clemson University, Haley worked in accounting and later worked at her family’s business.

She made the transition into politics and ran for office, achieving many firsts in her career. After serving as Representative of South Carolina’s District 87, she became the first minority, and first woman, to serve as Governor of South Carolina. She led the state through some difficult periods, helping to forge unity and consensus in the wake of a racially driven church shooting, a school shooting and a police shooting.

As Governor, Haley also ushered in South Carolina’s largest education reform, making education funding more equitable for schools in the state’s poorest communities.

She was re-elected in 2014 and served as Governor until January 17 when she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. As a UN ambassador, Haley championed human rights. She challenged human rights violators across the board, standing up to oppressive regimes in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Russia. Her passion and fight for human rights took her across the globe.

Embracing teaching through storytelling, Ambassador Haley imparts lessons in leadership, negotiating and decision-making through first-hand anecdotes from her career in public service.

$250,000 Exclusive Presenting Sponsor

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” at the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s, Negev Society Eshkol, Arava & Tamar Walls at BGU
  • Name recognition in event title and all affiliated marketing/communications
Hospitality:
  • 24 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Front Row seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • A thank-you from the gala stage as an Exclusive Presenting Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Exclusive Presenting Sponsor prominent placement in all e-blasts
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$180,000 Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The opportunity to address the audience at the “Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception”
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s and Negev Society Eshkol Sponsors Walls at BGU
Hospitality:
  • 20 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • A thank-you from the gala stage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$100,000 Entertainment Sponsor

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s and Negev Society Eshkol Walls at BGU
Hospitality:
  • 18 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • A thank-you from the gala stage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$75,000 Dessert Reception Sponsor

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s Wall at BGU
Hospitality:
  • 15 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • A thank-you from the gala stage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$54,000 Negev Sponsor

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s Wall at BGU
Hospitality:
  • 12 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • A thank-you from the gala stage at the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$36,000 Be’er Sheva Sponsor

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
Hospitality:
  • 10 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • A thank-you from the gala stage as a Be’er Sheva Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$54,000 Negev Sponsor

KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with the speaker and moderator after the gala
  • Recognition and inscription on the Founder’s Wall at BGU
Hospitality:
  • 15 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner Sponsors Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage at the Sponsors Pre-Reception Hall
  • A thank-you from the gala stage as the Negev Sponsor
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • BGU Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Three-quarter page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

$36,000 Be’er Sheva Sponsor

Hospitality:
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with the speaker and moderator after the gala
  • 12 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the cocktail dinner Sponsors Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Prime Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • BGU Canada’s website, print advertising, digital and social media
  • Half page ad in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you plaque with your sponsorship level

$20,000 Ben-Gurion Sponsor

Hospitality:
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
  • 8 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website & digital media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

$10,000 Sde Boker Sponsor

Hospitality:
  • Exclusive VIP photo opportunity with “Nikki Haley” after the gala
  • 6 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Platinum section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  •  Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website & digital media
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast
  • A special thank-you gift after the event

/// The Innovator’s Circle

Join our prestigious sponsorship tiers: Eilat level ($5,000), Mitzpe Ramon level ($3,600), or Friends of Nikki Haley level ($2,500), and gain access to the exclusive Innovator’s Circle. By becoming a member of the Innovator’s Circle, your contributions synergize to amplify their impact, providing vital support for Psychological Services benefiting students, faculty, and staff at BGU and in the Negev region.

Member of the Innovator’s Circle

$5,000 Level Eilat Sponsor

Hospitality:
  • 4 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Gold section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  •  Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast

Member of the Innovator’s Circle

$3,600 Level Mitzpe Ramon Sponsor

Hospitality:
  • 3 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Gold section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  •  Your company logo/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast

Member of the Innovator’s Circle

$2,500 Level Friends of Nikki Haley Sponsor

Hospitality:
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the gala
  • Access to the Sponsors Cocktail Dinner Pre-Reception for you and all your guests
  • Gold section seating
  • Dessert reception
Day of event profile:
  • Your company logo/name promoted on all signage and banners
  • Your company/name promoted on the digital slide show
Brand recognition:
  • Ben-Gurion University Canada’s website
  • Your company logo/name will be featured in the gala program book
  • A post-event thank-you e-blast

BOARD MEMBERS

BGU CANADA TORONTO

CO-PRESIDENTS

Naomi Oelbaum
BGU Canada, Toronto
Co-President & Gala Co-Chair
David Dulberg
BGU Canada, Toronto
Co-President & Gala Co-Chair

LEAD STAFF MEMBER

Shimmy Wenner
VP Management
& Philanthropy

BOARD MEMBERS

Eric Beutel
David Ehrlich
Gary Fine
Tamara Fine
Ronda Goldberg
Bradley Goldhar
Richard Goldhar
Len Goodman
Matthew Grossman
Nuri Katz
Joy Kaufman
Elliot Kohn
Mitchell Oelbaum
John Rose
Susan Rose
Ralph Shepherd
Michael Spigelman
Oren Tal
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