Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening, December 2 for Chabad of Midtown Manhattan’s 13th annual dinner. The party was held in the Sony Atrium.
Prior to the dinner, a cocktail reception was held at Chabad of Midtown’s newest center, Chabad of the Plaza District, at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Mr. Kamran Hakim, a New York real estate magnate, was the Guest of Honor. In his speech, Mr. Hakim recalled movingly how Rabbi Metzger brought him, along with two coach buses of his family and friends, to receive dollars from the Rebbe. The Rebbe singled out Mr. Hakim by giving him two dollars for extra blessing.
For the fifth consecutive year, the dinner was chaired by philanthropists David and Lara Slager. Brocha Metzger paid tribute to them in her awards speech. She fondly recalled that in 1998, the early years of Chabad of Midtown, David and Lara started attending Shabbos meals on their trips from overseas. Over the years, the Slagers have assumed an ever-increasing leadership position in Chabad of Midtown’s development. Their warm and heartfelt generosity has opened new horizons for the Chabad of Midtown community.
Pavarini McGovern, a leading Manhattan construction firm, was the dinner’s corporate sponsor. The night was capped with dancing and a Chassidishe farbrengen, including members of the Chabad Midtown Kollel.