Friday, May 17, 2013

Mazel Tov to the Winners - Free Tickets to Israel!

Congratulations to Stephanie Hanlon and Larry Herring, San Diego Celebrates Israel – Yom Ha'atzmaut Festival attendees and the 2013 winners of the opportunity drawing for a free round trip ticket to Israel, courtesy of El Al Airlines. These lucky recipients completed the festival survey and were entered into an opportunity drawing, catapulting them to festival fame by having their names called from the stage!

Stephanie Hanlon was invited to the festival by a now-envious friend. She has never been able to visit Israel, despite a strong desire and several attempts over the past few years. Unfortunate events forced her to cancel travel plans to Israel twice before, including just one month prior to the festival! Now it seems she has been divinely rewarded for her patience and nothing can keep her from her dream of visiting Israel now. She wishes to experience Israel’s beauty and culture, as well as visit family in Haifa. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Larry Herring, an active member of the San Diego Jewish community, has both worked and lived in Israel, his favorite place in the world! He plans to use his free ticket to visit family, especially his daughter, who currently lives in Israel attending seminary and working at a residential facility for adults with special needs. This will be his seventh time visiting Israel, and he is thrilled to be flying El Al, his preferred airline for the journey. We hope this trip is the best yet!
Our sincerest thanks goes to El Al Airlines, a valued partner and event underwriter for supporting San Diego’s largest Jewish community celebration – San Diego Celebrates Israel.


  1. Mazal Tov!! Safe and rewarding trip to and fro.

    Gentle as you go,