On Thursday September 28th, citizens of Meridian, Mississippi joined the America-Israel Friendship League, MS State Leaders and the Consul General of Israel for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico in a program to highlight Israel’s contributions to the world and to celebrate its 69th birthday. The event was held at the historic MSU-Riley Center and was hosted by Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood; Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore, Greg Snowden and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
(l. to r.) William H. Behrer, III, Acting Executive Director, AIFL; Meridian, Mississippi Mayor Percy Bland, III; Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant; Consul General of Israel Lior Haiat; Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood and Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore, Greg Snowden
Speakers for the evening included Governor Phil Bryant; Meridian Mayor Percy Bland, III; Consul General Lior Haiat; Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood; Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore, Greg Snowden and AIFL Acting Executive Director, William H. Behrer, III. Also in attendance were Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer; Alabama State Representative, Craig Ford and many other civic and business leaders. Following the program, the presenters and selected individuals were hosted by Barbaree and Harold Heaster at their home for a reception.
In connection with this event, a very successful fundraising activity on behalf of the AIFL was chaired by Marty Davidson, Chairman of Southern Pipe, in cooperation with the Meridian Jewish Community.
Marty Davidson, Chairman, Southern Pipe & Supply (r.) with William Behrer
(l. to r.) Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer; Consul General of Israel Lior Haiat; Barbaree Heaster; William Behrer, Acting Executive Director, AIFL
Attorney General Hood, Speaker Snowden, Treasurer Fitch and Representative Ford have traveled (or will travel) to Israel with the America-Israel Friendship League as part of its Leadership Delegation Program. Moved by what he experienced, Rep. Ford said, “Let’s do this program in Alabama next.”