Orly and David Perez

David and Orly Perez founded 2 Life 18 Help and Rescue Disaster Relief. David jumped into action in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by airlifting over 384 people from the Gulf States to safety. 2 Life 18 Help and Rescue partnered with local charities and organized 74 airlift missions to the Gulf States, delivering 507 tons of food, water, and medical supplies to Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi including over $25 million of donated goods and services. The foundation is still actively providing ongoing financial aid and logistical support to displaced families in San Diego, Louisiana, and Mississippi. 2 Life 18 is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit public charity that helps the needy in times of natural disasters and emergencies.

David was honored by A&E Network as one of the top 10 people in the world in 2005 who had the greatest impact over the last year (alongside Oprah, Angelia Jolie and Bono). His efforts during Hurricane Katrina not only helped thousands of people, but gave inspiration to many more. Recipient of the 2005 NAACP President’s Award, he has also been featured on 15 nationally televised programs including CNN’s “Heroes Among Us,” as well as on CNBC, ABC, KGTV, NBC, MSNBC and over 66 articles have appeared in international publications. Bionic Sisters Productions portrays the heroic achievements of the Perez family in a documentary based on footage from the Louisiana Film Center.

David is CEO and Director of Penta Water Inc. and Executive Chairman of AquaPhotonics ultra-pure water. He is also Co-Founder of Chai Energy, LLC a humanitarian company whose mission is to provide improved clean drinking water and alternative energy technologies throughout the world, with emphasis on poor and third world countries. For 25 years, David and his wife Orly have supported many charities in the USA and Israel, especially medical research and help for the homeless. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 6. He is happily married to his soulmate Orly who was born in Israel, together they have three children. Mr. Perez enjoys fishing, sports with his family, beaches, and world travel. He has traveled to 34 countries and speaks English, French and Hebrew. David and Orly cite the Jewish principle of “tikunolam” - an imperative to heal the world - as a way of explaining their charitable actions.




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