Hollywood royalty answered Goldin's request with grace at the Thursday night gala in Beverly Hills, which included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Barbara Streisand, Pamela Anderson, and other well-known entertainment industry figures.
The annual fundraising bash thrown by the Los Angeles branch of the Friends of the IDF, led by Israeli-American businessman Haim Saban, raised $33.5 million in donations for the Israeli military.
Among the star-studded stars at the gala were also notable international businesspersons like founder and executive chairman of Oracle, Larry Ellison – who was the largest donor of the night with a nine million dollar pledge – and founder and CEO of computer giant Dell, Michael Dell.
There were 16 IDF soldiers at the gala, with the majority having played a significant role in Operation Protective Edge. The Israeli contingent to the glamorous event included actresses Moran Atias and Noa Tishbi as well as internationally-known musician Idan Raichel.
The evening's largest spender, Ellison, said that "there is no greater honor than supporting some of the bravest people in the world, and I thank FIDF for providing us with this opportunity year-after-year to celebrate and support these soldiers."
He added: "These men and women come together with indefatigable purpose, to defend Israel and strive to co-exist in peace."
Saban, chairing the gala for an eighth-consecutive year, noted that “The caliber of Gala attendees from Hollywood, tech, business and other walks of life – especially a large contingent of people without ties to Israel or Judaism – ultimately speaks to their admiration for the heroic men and women of the IDF and the incredible work that the FIDF does to support them."