The 1980 Walk for Israel took place on Sunday, 25 May. It was chaired by Verne Chelin and Jerry Panet, and the Toronto Jewish Congress staff coordinator was Mark Gryfe. New to the walk this year was a "leadership mile," in which twenty-five prominent community leaders participated. These included Robert Kaplan, the solicitor general of Canada; Larry Grossman, the provincial minister of industry, trade and tourism; Art Eggleton, a Toronto alderman; John Roberts; Wilfred Posluns, the president of Toronto Jewish Congress; Murray Koffler; and MIlton Harris. The eleven checkpoints along the twenty-five-kilometre route were named after Israeli cities. Thirteen thousand people turned out for the event.
Part of the walk's promotion included a letter from Henry "The Fonz" Winkler to the students of Jewish schools in Toronto. The popular celebrity could not attend the walk, but, in his letter, he expressed encouragement for the students' fundraising efforts and wished them well.
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