A meeting between the Satmar rebbe of Williamsburg and philanthropists in Kiryas Yoel resulted in the raising of more than $8 million for mosdos led by his chasidus in Kiryas Yoel and beyond.
$7 million was raised at the meeting itself from various donors, with the rebbe announcing that an additional $1.5 million was donated anonymously, bringing the single-day total to an eye popping $8.5 million.
Additional fundraisers are scheduled to take place throughout this week, during which millions of dollars more are expected to be donated to Satmar from no more than a handful of philanthropists.
In an interesting comparison, in the week after Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest in middle of a game last Monday night, more than 244,000 people – including athletes, mega-millionaires and celebrities – chipped in to donate $8.6 million to his charity toy drive. Satmar raised that amount in a single day.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)