The Gnat family, who is from Canada, loves Israel. Since 2005 they give generous funds to students every year. Albert Gnat was a lawyer, a businessman, and one of the shareholders of IKEA. He played a big role in finally bringing IKEA to Israel, right here in Netanya. After his tragic death in 2004, his wife started a scholarship fund to award students from Netanya, the city where the first IKEA in Israel was established.
The scholarships were awarded to 74 students, residents of the city, majoring in economics, business, and law.
We held a ceremony in his honor last week and were lucky enough to have the Gnat family and mayor of Netanya, Miriam Fierberg-Ikar in attendance. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, August 4th with his wife Annie, his daughter Lisa, and their grandchild Mitchel.
The Gnat family visited IKEA branch in Netanya, and met with management and staff, and laid a wreath of flowers on a Square in memorial of the late Albert Gnat.