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Past Event Highlights

Sunday Polo and Brunch
Benefiting Israel Cancer Association USA

Sunday, March 10, 2019

This is a fabulous event, with food fit for a gourmand,
plus not-to-be-missed exclusive live sporting entertainment.

ICA USA’s Hope and Heroes Luncheon and Fashion Show
“Join us on the Runway”

January 31, 2019, Palm Beach, Florida – at the Four Seasons Resort

Co-chaired by Patsy Spero and Pamela Higer-Polani, Esq.. Honorary Chair: Gail Worth. Grand Chair: Iris Apfel.

ICA USA’s 9th Annual Golf Classic

“Around Israel in 18 Holes”

April 9, 2018, Boca Raton Florida – 86 enthusiastic golfers from Palm Beach County joined together for the Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) 9th Annual Golf Classic held at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. The theme of the day was “Around Israel in 18 Holes” with each hole highlighting cancer research by ICA funded scientists.

Co-chaired by Boca Raton’s Steve Melman and Phyllis Liss, the day-long fundraiser included a buffet lunch, outdoor cocktail hour, dinner, raffles and awards.

Gross Winners included Harvey Poppel, James Silver, Isaac Levy, Yael Morris, Jerry McCutcheon, Eric Pinkis Jerry Charson and Yoel Goldberg.

Net Winners included Steve Melman, Andrew Levine, Mike Francis, Bob Koenig, and Rick Tanenbaum, plus foursome Gigi Duarte, Sherry Morgenstein, Lee Poppel & Harriet Shavitz.

Awards were presented by ICA USA Executive Vice President, Arthur E. Benjamin.

ICA USA’s Annual Hope & Heroes Luncheon

“Drawing on Experience”

Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) held its Annual Hope & Heroes Luncheon at Eau Palm Beach on March 11,, 2018, featuring Rob Minkoff, renowned animator, producer and director of the blockbuster movies, “Stuart Little” and the Oscar-winning “The Lion King” as the Keynote Speaker. Chairs were Nancy Brown and ICA USA Executive Vice President, Lexye Aversa. At the cocktail reception, light bites and wine were served as guests had an opportunity to purchase jewelry, handbags and scarves from vendors who donated a portion of their proceeds to ICA USA.

Rob Minkoff shared how he came to be a successful animator & director with the supporters, including a group of film students who were able to come thanks to a generous grant from Ari Rifkin & The Len Ari Foundation. Luncheon proceeds will fund one Fellowship. Janet and Bruce Adler gave a $52,000 Fellowship in Honor of Nancy and Peter Brown, who also donated a Fellowship, as did loyal supporters, Bruce Youngman and  Deena and Seymour Freeman. Brown brothers, Adam and David also each donated a Fellowship.

ICA USA was also generously supported by  The David & Rhoda Chase Family Foundation, Honorary Chair, Mrs. Claire Levine, Bruce and Heddy Koppel, Drs. Daisy and John Merey, Jan Willinger and  Bob Spiegel, as well as Joan and David Genser and Lee and Harvey L. Poppel.

Israel Cancer Association USA 8th Annual Golf Classic

Thank you for teeing off with ICA USA at our 8th Annual Golf Classic! On Monday, February 13, 2017, 77 golfers gathered at Boca Grove Country Club for a fun-filled day on the beautiful and challenging course. Our guests drove, chipped and putted in support of Israel Cancer Association USA.

Whether you golfed with us or not, we hope you’ll enjoy these photos from the day. Proceeds benefit Cancer Research Fellowship Grants that support groundbreaking Cancer Research conducted by Scientists at leading hospitals, institutions and universities throughout Israel.

Israel Cancer Association USA Annual Luncheon

Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) held its Annual Hope & Heroes Luncheon at Eau Palm Beach on January 23, 2017, honoring the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg as recounted by Keynote Speakers & Broadway Award Winning Playwrights Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman, creators of “Wallenberg”, a new musical drama.

Light bites and wine were served as guests arrived and had an opportunity to purchase jewelry, handbags and shawls from vendors who donated a portion of their proceeds to ICA USA.

Lunch Chair and ICA USA Executive Vice President, Lexye Aversa welcomed the distinguished guests and thanked them for joining our “Hope & Heroes” quest through the miraculous work of our Israeli Scientist Performers Bret Carr and Lauren Leibowitz  sang the Israel and United States National Anthems. Our keynote speakers shared a fascinating narrative of what compelled them to bring the epic saga of Raoul Wallenberg to the Broadway-Bound Stage. Supporters were treated to a musical interlude from the play. Luncheon proceeds will support two Fellowships, one in honor of our Luncheon Chair, and one in honor of our Keynote Speakers. Benefit Host and Wallenberg Committee Co-Chairs Nancy and Peter Brown were also Silver Benefactor Fellowship Donors.

7th Annual ICA USA Golf Classic golfclub-collage





Local Residents come out Swinging for Israeli Cancer Researchers April 11, 2016, Boca Raton FL- More than 90 enthusiastic golfers from Palm Beach County joined together for the Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) 7th Annual Golf Classic held at the Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club, in Boca Raton.

Co-chaired by Boca Raton’s Steve Melman and Phyllis Liss, the day-long fundraiser was filled with a myriad of fun events for participants, including lunch, dinner, awards, a Chinese Raffle, and a live auction of golf carts.

Gross Winners included foursome Glen Golish, Anthony Harris, Steve Cohen and Jim Orleans, as well as foursome Joan Genser, David Genser, Lauren Schneider and Jeremy Schneider.

Net Winners included foursome Larry Helfant, Garry Lefferts, Marshall Romanz and Josh Garcia, as well as foursome Jeff Bleustein, Howard Schnoll, Harvey Bock and Ken Plavnick.

Steve Melman bought a golf cart at the live auction. Raffle winners included Nancy Brown, Peter Brown and Jerry Reich.

“Everyone came together for an enjoyable day of golf while supporting the finest minds in Israel researching cancer cures,” said Co-chair, Steve Melman. The day was sold out, and ICA USA is grateful to those in the Boca Grove Community who generously loaned us their golf carts.

Proceeds from the popular UCA USA Golf Classic go to the real winners: Israeli scientists conducting cancer research on all cancers, who will receive fellowship grants to continue their groundbreaking research.

Hope & Heroes Luncheon

Israel Cancer Association USA (ICA USA) held its Annual Luncheon at Club Colette on February 22nd. Lunch Co-Chair and ICA USA Board member, Gail Worth, welcomed the distinguished guests, and Rabbi Moshe Scheiner of Palm Beach Synagogue offered his blessings. Designer and Fashion Icon Iris Apfel engaged the audience with a narrative of her fascinating life. Luncheon Co-Chair and ICA USA Executive Vice President, Arthur E. Benjamin, accompanied by his service dog, Bandit, elaborated on the correlation between human and canine cancers and the important role of canine friends in helping cancer patients through their treatments. Special thanks to Advisory Chair Ari Rifkin for her continued support of ICA USA. Photo credit to Capehart Photography

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February 11, 2016, Boca Raton, FL — Dr. Steven Melman and Phyllis Liss chaired the Fourth Annual Boca Grove Fellowship Project cocktail reception at the Boca Grove home of Sharon and Charles Trauring for 80 guests, funding a 2016 grants for cancer research studies in Israel. Guests viewed a brief presentation by Dr. Joseph Purita from Stem Cell Centers of America. Following the presentation, entertainment was provided by Avi Hoffman. Dr. Melman said, “I enjoy bringing together philanthropists willing to support the finest minds in Israel seeking cancer cures.” The money raised will fund a 2016 fellowship for an Israeli scientist’s two-year cancer research project. A few ICA USA-funded researchers have gone on to win Nobel Prizes in medicine. Last year’s Boca Grove event funded two fellowships: $22,000 for a fellowship to distinguished Israeli cancer researcher Prof. Ehud Razin at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focused on the role a certain protein plays in melanoma, and $22,000 for a fellowship to Prof. Elena Voronov at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, focused on the link between inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. The Boca Grove Fellowship Grant Project is open to Boca Raton residents. Spearheaded by Dr. Melman, members meet annually at a fundraiser cocktail reception. Photo credit to Davide De Pas Pictures

ChandelierLois An Elegant Evening of Socializing and Science

ICA USA celebrated Israeli Scientist Dr. Tomer Kalisky and Mrs. Lois Pope’s generosity in donating two fellowships to ICA USA (one of which was for Dr. Kalisky’s research on pediatric kidney cancer) with an intimate dinner at Mrs. Pope’s private residence January 19, 2016. Mrs. Pope’s commitment has helped our distinguished scientists dedicate their lives to making the world healthier for future generations. Photo credit to Capehart Photography