Katherine Jenkins takes part in a gala dinner held by JNF Scotland.
(photo credit: COURTESY OF JNF KKL SCOTLAND)
On October 8, 2017, over 420 friends of JNF KKL Scotland attended a gala dinner in Glasgow, where they were treated to a concert by superstar soprano Katherine Jenkins.
The unique event, which was entitled “An Evening with Katherine Jenkins”, took place at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. Evenings such as this have been held for the past 25 years, and former guests of honor have included Former US President Bill Clinton, Joan Collins, General Colin Powel, among others. Besides the excellent food, company and entertainment, guests also participated in a raffle featuring four nights for a couple at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem. The evening’s proceeds will support JNF KKL Scotland projects in Israel for the benefit of local citizens and the environment. The event was widely covered in the local press.
Speaking at the event, JNF KKL Scotland President Stanley Lovatt expressed his gratitude to principal patron Lady Bette Stone, who represented the Alexander Stone Foundation. “Bette, you are a stalwart supporter,” he said. “I think you have attended every dinner we have held over the past twenty-five years.” He also presented a certificate to Ms. Jenkins for 1,000 trees that will be planted in Israel in her honor. Israel’s Deputy Ambassador to Scotland, Ms. Sharon Bar-li, also spoke at the event.
Ms. Jenkins enchanted the audience with her performance of a number of well-known songs, including Amazing Grace, You’ll Never Walk Alone, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The famous singer thanked JNF KKL Scotland for bringing her to Glasgow and added that her husband, Andrew Levitas, “is a Jewish New Yorker who is very happy that I am here tonight to support such a charitable event.” Ms. Jenkins was introduced by JNF KKL Scotland Chairman David Links, whose grandfather Abraham was the founder of the organization’s Scottish office.
KKL-JNF Director General Amnon Ben Ami represented the organization’s headquarters in Israel and invited Ms. Jenkins to perform a concert in Israel.