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For Immediate Release -- January, 5, 2012
(Skokie, IL) Philanthropist Larry Goodman of Highland Park was honored on December 25th in Be'er-Sheva, Israel with the city's 2011 Distinguished Citizen award for Lifetime Achievement.
For nearly two decades the Goodman Family has supported educational, cultural, and social service projects that further advance the development of Be'er-Sheva. Their many initatives include the Bat-Dor Dance Center; Ben-Gurion University Train Station; L&L Goodman Child and Family Center; the Acting School and Theatre of the Negev; and contributions to Soroka Medical Center, Ilan Ramon Play Park, and Ben-Gurion University.
Ruvik Danilovich, the mayor of Be'er-Sheva, nominated Goodman for the award. He passionately expressed gratitude for Goodman stating: "Larry believes in Be'er-Sheva. During difficult moments and happy moments for the city, Larry Goodman is always present in Be'er-Sheva. He is the father of Be'er-Sehva; he is part of Be'er-Sheva; he is a partner of Be'er-Sheva; he is Be'er-Sheva."
Fourteen family members traveled to Israel with Mr. Goodman to attend the awards ceremony. "We believe in David Ben-Gurion's vision that the Negev must be developed in order for Israel to achieve its full potential. I have tied my destiny to this city with over 60 visits. I have witnessed its continued growth and am proud to help fulfill Ben-Gurion's goal. I am deeply touched and honored to accept this award." Goodman vowed to continue to be a champion for Be'er-Sheva and quipped, "In the words of Al Jolson, 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!'"
The Distinguished Citizen Award ceremony was held at Be'er-Sheva's Performing Arts Center in front of an audience of nearly a thousand. A selection committee also presented sevel local residents with awards for their accomplishments within the community.
The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations is a family foundation dedicated to strengthening Jewish life in Chicago and Israel, as well as improving the quality of life within the Chicago metropolitan area by supporting secular organizations that address hunger issues and promote the prevention of drug abuse. The Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations are based in Skokie, Illinois.
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