Get Ready For An EPIC Time



A young and vibrant Jewish community — that was the message that reverberated following NEXTGen Detroit’s first EPIC Event last year.

The 2013 EPIC Event, sponsored by Sue and Alan J. Kaufman and family, promises to be even greater. EPIC isn’t just the name of the event, it will be the entire experience of the evening.

EPIC is NEXTGen’s major fundraising effort of the year, and this year’s event is set to be a celebration of everything we love about our community: connectedness, involvement and passion. This year, you will see just how invested our young Jewish community is in Federation.

On March 9, EPIC will feature B.J. Novak, most widely known as the writer and executive producer of the hit TV show The Office. Novak is sure to provide big laughs and lasting memories.

Yet, EPIC isn’t solely focused on entertainment. At its core, EPIC is a testament to the strength of our young adult Jewish community and the central role that Federation plays in building and sustaining Jewish life across Metro Detroit.

The 2012 EPIC Event was the launch of NEXTGen Detroit, a dynamic new branch within the Jewish Federation. Undoubtedly, it’s been an amazing first year for NEXTGen Detroit and the entire Federation community.

Jordan Glass, EPIC co-chair along with Leah Bold, believes that EPIC makes giving to Federation feel both good and important. “We’re taking care of our community and providing services to those in need, both at home in Detroit and in Israel,” Glass says.

featured-epic-2013The EPIC Event will put our community on display. It shows that not only does Detroit’s young Jewish community have a critical mass to have this kind of event, but we’re flourishing in so many ways. Last year we saw one-third of the donors at EPIC were new, of which there was an average gift of $131. For previous donors, there was a card-for-card increase of 61percent over 2011.

EPIC is an “inspired experience,” says Glass. Throughout his NEXTGen involvement, Glass says there’s nothing like EPIC. “It’s an infectious atmosphere. Any time you can fill a room with this many individuals, so passionate and committed to the Jewish community, you know it will be a motivating experience for young people.”

EPIC played a significant role in the success NEXTGen found in its 2012 campaign. In 2012, NEXTGen saw an increase of 20 percent in dollars raised over 2011. NEXTGen’s donor base has doubled since 2010, and quadrupled since 2005.

Leah Bold, EPIC co-chair, says, “Our leadership and staff have been working so hard and it shows. I can’t wait to sell out EPIC and see our campaign grow!”

Associate Director of NEXTGen Detroit, Jessica Goodwin, says that EPIC is a total game changer.

“This event redefines the connection with community and philanthropy in a very exciting and meaningful way,” she says. “The power in the room of 700-plus young adults, collectively stepping forward and making an impact to strengthen our community is incredibly inspiring, and as a professional, makes me very proud that as a Federation we can create this opportunity.”

NEXTGen has a lot to celebrate, and so do you. Come join your community at EPIC on March 9 at the MGM Grand in Detroit. Advanced registration is required and tickets are $65. Attire is Saturday night chic.

Sponsor Alan Kaufman said, “The health of a community can be measured in many ways. The best barometer is to look at the next generation. At the Jewish Federation, we have very strong leadership through NEXTGen, and this is an incredibly positive sign for our community.” 

By Josh Kanter, Special to the Jewish News

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