Published On: Fri, Feb 14th, 2014

Stewart Rahr Convinces “the Donald” to Donate $100, 000 to United Hatzalah

Rahr is a major supporter of  the organization, which provides volunteer emergency ambulance service in Israel has been responsible for bringing legendary New York property developer Donald Trump on to the donators list.

Stewart Rahr, well known businessman and philanthropist, has long been a major supporter of the Israeli volunteer emergency ambulance service United Hatzalah, going back to when he was first  introduced to the organization’s founder,  Eli Beer.

Just a few weeks ago Rahr had been in Jerusalem, where he pledged to match any donations made in a drive to add to United Hatzalah’s fleet of  ambucycles, best described as a cross between a motor scooter and an ambulance. That particular effort will see the United Hatzalah’s fleet  of  ambucycles increase by 50, and thanks to Donald Trump‘s recent contribution that number will increase once again.

While Magen David Adom remains as Israel’s national ambulance service, the efforts of United Hatzalah have begun to take an increasingly large part of the strain on Israel’s health service as through providing  a highly flexible emergency medical first response service. The majority  of people who man the United Hatzalah ambucycles  provide their time and their experience, usually gained from being trained medics in the Israeli army, on a voluntary basis.

Donald Trump has been a consistent supporter of Israel over the years, while his daughter Ivanka, who is married to Jared Kushner, another well-known New York property developer, converted to  Judaism in 2009.

 

Stewart Rahr graduated with a B.A. from New York University later going on to study for his masters in law at the New York University Law School.

Rahr  decided to put his studies on the legal profession  on hold, preferring to help his family run the expanding family business, involved in the retailing and  distribution of pharmaceutics.

 

Stewart Rahr was particularly interested in developing the distribution and  wholesaling  division of the business, which  acted as a supplier for a number of other pharmacies in and around New York.

 

Rahr enjoyed tremendous success in the business world,   eventually establishing a separate company to deal with the family’s now considerable wholesale operation, which traded under the name of Kinray Inc.

 

By 2010, Rahr had grown Kinray Inc to such a level that they had a client base  that numbering  4000 pharmacies situated  in the North Eastern seaboard of  the United States, with the company graduating an annual turnover of more than $5 billion.

 

Kinray Inc  had become such a force in the pharmaceutical distribution industry, that they captured the attention of pharmaceutical giants Cardinal Health who acquired the  company for $1.3 billion in 2010.

 

Even before selling his company, Stewart Rahr has always been a very active philanthropist, providing  rare generosity to a number of worthy causes.

 

In 2012, Rahr donated the sum of $640, 000 the Israel Cancer Research Fund, making for the single largest source of private funds for cancer research ever made in Israel, and just a few weeks ago reportedly paid more than $600, 000 to charter two  planes to specially  fly 64 members of the Knesset as well as  30 holocaust  survivors from Israel  to a ceremony at Auschwitz, Poland  on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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