Zionists honor Sheldon Adelson

Dec 15, 2009 3:15 AM

Advice from a Boston cab driver to his son: Every day, give something to the poor.

"I loved my father dearly," said billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who with his wife, Miriam, maintains controlling interest in Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS).

"And, I wanted to do whatever he wanted me to do. Now, I don’t put money in every day, but when I put money in I make up for each day."

On Sunday at a dinner in New York, Adelson was awarded the Theodor Herzl Gold Medallion from the Zionist Organization of America for his lifelong contributions to the cause of Israel.

"In my lifetime," said Morton Klein, president of the group, "I’ve never met a person as committed to Israel as Adelson."

As the award recipient, Adelson joins such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and four former prime ministers of Israel. He was joined by his wife, Miriam, a doctor with expertise in drug rehabilitation. She also was honored.

Together, the Adelsons, billionaires through their investments in Las Vegas casinos, have established drug clinics in both the U.S. and Israel.