Alyssa Alhadeff (courtesy family)

By Jill Fox

Around the time they would have been planning their daughter’s sweet 16, Lori and Ilan Alhadeff, instead, are organizing an event to make schools safer schools in her honor.

On February 14, 2018, their 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa was murdered by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Now, the couple are dedicating their lives to protecting students and teachers at school. On Thursday, May 16, the Alhadeffs are spearheading The First Annual Live for Alyssa Benefit, which will fund future MSD school safety projects.

“If there’s one person that can get things done, it’s Lori. Look at the amazing work that she has already accomplished,” said Lori Kitaygorodsky, communications director for Make Our Schools Safe.

The adults-only evening benefit will feature activities from a DJ and dancing to delicious drinks, hors d’oeuvres and even a fried Oreo station. Attendees won’t want to miss the entertainment including a magician, a henna tattoo artist, photo booth and more.

Kitaygorodsky worked with Lori Alhadeff to create an atmosphere that will be casual and fun, and include a video tribute to Alyssa and other surprises along the way. The silent auction will feature many items, ranging from dinner for two to a trip to Israel.

“What better way to pay tribute to Alyssa than in some way that she would have enjoyed if she were still here,” said Kitaygorodsky, adding while other events for Make Our Schools Safe will raise money for other uses, this benefit will be earmarked for future MSD Safety Projects.

The benefit will be held on May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parkland Golf and Country Club 10001 Old Club Road. Tickets are $88 can be purchased online at

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Jill Fox
Jill Fox
Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.

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