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For Immediate Release

Contact: Gary Gobetz             

800-229-9650, ext. 5897

Israel Bonds to honor Mayor Michael J. Wildes of

Englewood at May 6 national dinner in New York


NEW YORK —State of Israel Bonds will honor Mayor Michael J. Wildes of Englewood, partner in the immigration law firm of Wildes, Weinberg, Grunblatt & Wildes in New York, at a national dinner on Thursday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton New York.

  Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau will present Wildes and five other noted attorneys from across the country with the Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Distinguished Service Award for their achievements in the legal profession and their support of the Israel Bonds program. The award was established in memory of Morgenthau's late father, Secretary of the Treasury under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a founder of the Israel Bonds Organization.

  Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Israel's Representative to the United Nations, and Israel Bonds President and CEOJoshua Matza will be the principal speakers at the dinner.

  Wildes is regarded as one of the nation's top immigration lawyers. He has gained asylum for a Saudi Arabian U.N. diplomat who defected with incriminating evidence of international terrorism, negotiated the safe return of children kidnapped to foreign lands, and won permanent residency for a British widow facing deportation after her husband was killed on 9-11 at the World Trade Center.

  From 1989 to 1993, Wildes was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, NY, where he represented the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other federal agencies.

  After moving to Englewood in 1995, he served on the City Council for five years prior to his election as mayor last November.

  Wildes is a member of the District Appeals Board of the Selective Service System for the State of New Jersey and the Board of Directors of Boys Town Jerusalem. He is also an active EMT with the Hatzolah Emergency Ambulance Corp and served as an auxiliary police officer for over a decade with the New York Police Department.

Wildes and his wife Amy have four children: Raquel, Josh, Lauren, and Jaclyn.

  The other guests of honor at the dinner are Fred Blume, managing partner and CEO of Blank Rome in Philadelphia; Joseph P. Klock, Jr., chairman and managing partner of Steel Lector & Davis in Miami; Mel Levine of Los Angeles, a partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Arthur L. Schechter of Houston, a partner of Schechter, McElwee & Shaffer in Houston; and Steven G. Tepper of New York, a partner of Arnold & Porter.

  Admission to the dinner is $185 per person. For reservations, call 800-229-9650, ext. 5829.

  State of Israel Bonds is an international organization offering securities issued by the Israeli government. Since 1951, Israel Bonds has secured $25 billion in investment capital to strengthen Israel's economy and Israel has made every payment of principal and interest on time and in full.

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Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer