UJA-Federation Summerfest Event in Long Island Raises Over $1.6 Million
By Henry Levy
UJA-Federation raised over $1.6 million during its annual Summerfest benefit concert featuring Joe Walsh of the Eagles. As more than 1200 philanthropic Long Islanders celebrated under a huge tent outside the NYCB Theater in Westbury, food was plentiful, drinks were free flowing and the festive mood was contagious.
The event chairs, Joyce and Philip Sharfstein and Rachel and Frank Zuckerbrot said to those present, "By being here tonight, you're putting your Jewish values into action and investing in our community for the biggest impact. You are making a difference in the lives of more than 4.5 million people, helping to feed families in need on Long Island, making it possible for local young adults to connect to Israel and embrace our heritage, and ensuring that children with special needs and those on the autism spectrum can receive necessary services. With your support and the work of UJA-Federation and its network of agencies, together we are doing the most good for our local and global community."
Prior to the concert, one of UJA's stalwarts, Ellen Grossman, was honored with the Robert S. Boas Award which is given to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated both leadership and commitment to the welfare and well-being of the Jewish people, the Jewish community and the larger community in which we live. Ellen, who serves on the LI Executive Committee and recently agreed to join UJA-Federation's Board of Directors, has a dedicated record of service, along with her husband Ken, for the last 20 years. When she was asked to chair women's philanthropy she responded, "If you are able to, you have a responsibility to give back." She told those present, "UJA has provided me with the opportunity to feel good at the end of every day."
Joe Walsh of the Eagles revved up the crowd with his performance and by the end of the evening had everyone on their feet moving and shaking it up.
It was a beautiful evening and a great night for a very worthy cause.
For learn more about UJA-Federation or to get involved, visit their website: www.ujafedny.org/longisland or call 516-677-1800.