With quiet concern for anti-Jewish actions from supporters of Hamas terrorists, the 18th annual Alaska Jewish Cultural Gala went off without a hitch on Saturday night, under high security — both seen and unseen — at Anchorage’s Dena’ina Convention Center. The historic snowfall in Anchorage also did not deter men and women from donning their finest for an evening to support the Jewish community.
The annual gala is one of the dressiest events of the year in Alaska, a time when men sport bow ties and tuxedos and women wear gowns.
Political leaders in attendance included Sen. Dan Sullivan, wearing his Marine dress blues, Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a classic gold gown, and Mayor Dave Bronson. All three were recognized for their friendship to the Jewish community.
This year, the gala honored Providence Alaska CEO Ella Goss, who began as an emergency room nurse and is now the chief executive officer of Alaska’s largest medical provider. She was introduced by Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.