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NIS 3.5m. raised for residents of North
Some 1,500 philanthropists, soldiers and displaced residents of northern Israel turned out Thursday night for "Send Me an Angel," a variety show at Tel Aviv's Hangar 11 organized to raise funds for Israelis affected by Hizbullah missile and rocket fire in the country's North.
Organized by an anonymous group of Israeli and foreign artists, philanthropists and business people, the event was headlined by teen pop star Liel Kotel and featured appearances by singer David D'Or, celebrity illusionist Uri Geller and actress Sarit Vino-Elad. Donors paid $10,000 to host friends, soldiers and residents of northern Israel at the event, which brought in NIS 3.5 million by Sunday afternoon, according to event publicists.
Planners said they remain hopeful that they'll bring in the $1 million they originally set as the goal for the event. More such fundraisers are also possible, they added. "This was not a one-time event. It's about raising money ... both immediately and as long as it is needed," one organizer said.
Arranged in four days, Send Me an Angel required some last-minute adjustments after Klaus Meine, the lead singer of German rock band the Scorpions, was forced to cancel his appearance after his insurance company refused to cover his trip to Israel. - Meredith Price
Nitzanim Music Village cancelled
The annual Coca Cola Music Festival, which usually features the cream of Israeli music, will not take place this year due to the war.
The 10-day event, originally set to take place in Nitzanim, was initially postponed from its planned August 7 opening but has now been cancelled altogether. "Due to the security situation we decided to cancel Coca Cola's 2006 Music Village. We thank everyone for their understanding regarding the situation," Tal Raban, a Coca Cola-Israel official, said in a statement. Approximately NIS 10 million had been invested in the Music Village, with artists including Mashina, Hayehudim, Aviv Gefen and Ivri Lider scheduled to perform.
Last year more than 100,000 people attended the event. - Viva Sarah Press
Cameri opens doors to border residents
Tel Aviv's Cameri Theater is the latest arts house to offer special discounts to residents of border communities in the North and South of the country.
In collaboration with the New Histadrut General Federation of Labor in Israel, the theater is offering the deal for three plays: The Producers, Plaza Suite and A Flea in Her Ear. To attend the productions free of charge, residents of border communities must contact the New Histadrut branch in their hometown or visit the organization's Web site at www.histadrut.org.il. Border residents can also receive a 50 percent discount on all tickets by showing a valid ID card on arrival at the theater.
More than 1,000 border residents have attended Cameri Theater productions at discounted prices so far. - Viva Sarah Press