Gollar: The Kremlin Cup, and the business and sports activity that followed it, increased my workload dramatically, and the international nature of our activity also rendered it necessary to hire someone for the office in Israel to do the accounting. In 1993, Janine, Danny Gelley’s wife, introduced to us to Minnie Nohr, who had recently immigrated from South Africa to Israel, and Minnie became our accountant. She took over all the payments which I had been doing before, and came with us on all the trips to Moscow, and later also Uzbekistan and the other Eastern Bloc countries. We used to supply her with suitcases full of cash in the local currency and dollars, and she would refund the players for their local expenses, distribute appearance fees, and of course keep track of and report every penny that went out. It was good to have someone this professional and trustworthy in the office, and we became very close friends, too.
One of the sweet memories from Minnie is that in August 2006, at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War, Sasson bought a lot of chocolate from Elite. We went to Rambam Hospital in Haifa with Minnie and Yona Yair from the Israel Tennis Centers, all wearing bullet proof vests, and gave out the chocolate to the wounded soldiers. Every time there was a siren, we ran to the hospital shelter.
To our dismay, after 15 years of collaboration, Minnie and her family decided to go back to South Africa. We’re still in touch and consider her one of our good friends, even though we don’t get to meet a lot.