All in Good Taste – A Toast to ALEH!
Sep 1, 2011
Spirits were lifted, glasses were raised, and hearts soared as Canadian friends gathered together on a balmy summer evening for an “Evening of Taste” in support of ALEH.
Organized by Torontonians Dafna Strauss and Adam Kepecs, the event featured a professional sommelier and fine beverages from Simcha Wines. The event was organized on behalf of ALEH Rehabilitation of Canada, which supports cutting edge treatments and care for Israel’s most complex cases of disability, specializing in children and young adults.
Guests were welcomed with delicious Hors D’oeuvres and complimentary wine upon their arrival, along with informative packets explaining the work of ALEH. The sommelier presented an erudite and informative critique about the selected wines, engaging all of the guests who enjoyed sampling and testing the variety of aromas, textures and tastes.
Following the wine tasting, the hosts of the evening gather everyone around to watch a short edifying documentary film about ALEH. All in attendance were touched by the special presentation, which included the personal story of Maj. Gen (res.) Doron Almog who spoke emotionally about his own cognitively disabled son Eran, who tragically passed away just a few years ago, and who was the inspiration behind the establishment of ALEH’s rehabilitative village for disabled young adults. That village, since renamed in Eran’s memory, now serves as an oasis of hope and potential for special children like him. As Eran’s legacy unfolded, the audience was visibly moved, with more than one person wiping away tears.
All agreed that the evening provided a wonderful opportunity to share in fine wine, good company, and excellent spirits. ALEH offers its heartfelt thanks to the hosts and guests of this very special event for the inspiring and creative evening. Salut! and L’Chaim!
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