A few weeks ago in Westlake, Texas, I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn Beck at a Santorum event. He is a familiar and welcome fixture in D/FW now, and it was a pleasure to get to know him personally. It's always nice when people you respect professionally are also endearing personally, and trust me, that does not always happen.
So imagine my additional delight when the organizers of a fundraiser for an Israeli hospital asked if I would serve as Master of Ceremonies for an event featuring Glenn as keynote speaker on May 1 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. You could say this was an easy yes.
When I visited Israel a few years ago, one of the most lasting images I brought home was of the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, where we were scheduled to interview some doctors and officials. Those interviews were delayed by a rocket attack from just a few miles away in this Northern town. Minutes before our arrival, victims had been brought in from just a few miles away. It is these memories that remind me of what it means to be in a vivid, everyday war on terror when the terrorists are not across an ocean but across a border a short drive away.
What many Israeli hospitals need is an underground wartime emergency facility so that their services to patients are not interrupted even as further violence erupts. This event will help the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center build just such a facility at its location along the highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. As Americans, as Christians-- as people of any faith, we embody the best in ourselves when we support our brothers and sisters in Israel. I am very proud to be part of this night, which promises to be inspiring and enjoyable.
Here's the link for tickets. I hope to see you there.