VIP RECEPTION: Prior to the ZOA dinner, approximately 200 top donors, politicians and operatives gathered for a reception off the main lobby floor at the Grand Hyatt. Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson, making a late appearance, were immediately swarmed by their fellow guests seeking selfies and a quick hello, as well as the occasional 2016 campaign operative begging for support. While ZOA staff tried desperately to encourage folks to head towards the dinner, a sizable crowd remained around Sheldon as he enjoyed what was left of the buffet spread. The scene led Dr. Adelson to joke to us that her husband loves 'seafood,' meaning that "when he 'sees food' he goes."
SPOTTED: YU President Richard Joel, Mort Zuckerman, Israeli Amb. Ron Dermer, Israeli Amb. to the U.N. Danny Danon, Joshua Landes, Rachel Glazer, Michael Pregent, Cheryl Halpern, Eliot Lauer, Richard Stone, Harvey Lippman, Sen. Roy Blunt, Rep. Ed Royce, Travis Allen, Nick Muzin, Dr. Ben Chouake, Jeff Ballabon, Eytan Laor, Melissa Jane Kronfeld, Eli Hertz, Ezra Friedlander, Joel Mowbray, Stanley Stern, Ken Abramowitz, Chloé Valdary, Michael Makovsky, Wendy Sardinsky, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Ronn Torossian, Laura Adkins, Josh London, Brian Mast, Daniel Pollak, and Dr. Joseph Frager.