The first Tri-State Gift of Life Summit was held at the Herrick Feinstein Law Firm in New York CIty and hosted by Barbaros Karaahmet, President, Rotary Club of New York. The event was coordinated by Rob Raylman, Executive Director of Gift of Life International. Summit participants included Gift of Life, Inc., Russian Gift of Life USA, Gift of Life progams from Rotary Districts 7500, 7250, 7260, 7470, 7230, 7490, 7510, and 7980. Guest Speaker Carlos Garcia, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations for El Salvador, spoke about their government's partnership with Gift of Life International in bringing pediatric cardiac care to the Salvadoran children facing life threatening heart disease. The Gift of Life programs and organizations shared best practices, discussed strategy, future plans and collaboration. Russian Gift of Life USA Founding Board member Wally Kowalenko attended. RGOL USA Executive Director Michael Yurieff made a presentation to the group. He spoke about the history of RGOL USA and its work in partnering with other organizations to create sustainable pediatric cardiac centers in Russia.