Katie Couric hosts Magen David Adom’s N.Y. fundraiser

Katie Couric, who hosted the American Friends of Magen David Adom annual benefit dinner in New York on Dec. 9. 2013, poses with an ambulance. (Howard Wechsler)

Katie Couric, who hosted the American Friends of Magen David Adom annual benefit dinner in New York on Dec. 9. 2013, poses with an ambulance. (Howard Wechsler)

American Friends of Magen David Adom apparently has some pretty big-name friends. In attendance at the organization’s sold-out Manhattan fundraiser on Tuesday night were New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and host Katie Couric.

The event raised $1 million, all of which will go toward ambulances and lifesaving equipment used to respond to emergencies in Israel.

“MDA’s willingness to help save all lives is something we should rally behind,” said Couric, whose mother is Jewish. “I’ve built a career on the pursuit of a good story. And in a part of the world that’s constantly producing ominous headlines, I’ve clearly found a positive one.”

In addition to the array of tributes, honors and other typical fundraiser fare, Bloomberg declared December 9 “Magen David Adom Day” in New York. Mazel tov!

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