NEW YORK (Oct. 22)
One of the most successful events ever sponsored by an American corporation in behalf of Israel Bonds was held here at which $4.2 million was realized at a testimonial dinner honoring Fred R, Sullivan, chairman and president of Walter Kidde & Co., Inc. More than 1200 prominent business, industrial, civic, government, and religious leaders from all parts of the United States joined Sunday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in paying tribute to Sullivan as a champion of human brotherhood and friend of Israel.
The Walter Kidde organization is a multi-billion dollar conglomerate with international headquarters at Clifton, New Jersey, Sullivan visited Israel last month as a member of a bankers’ delegation organized by Israel Bonds and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Medal by Yitzhak Rabin.
Governor Brendan T. Byrne of New Jersey, one of the principal speakers, lauded the guest of honor for his more than 30 years of service to the people of America and to the citizens of the world. U.S. Sen. Harrison A. Williams (D.NJ) praised Sullivan for his support of Israel.
Addressing the dinner guests, Sullivan emphasized that Israel is a country with a purpose–the saving of lives and the development of human as well as industrial resources. He said that Israel is a cause to which he wholeheartedly lends his support and asserted that a nation such as Israel, which has contributed so much to the world in so short a period of time, deserves the assistance of all individuals and institutions which believe in freedom and justice.