Young Jewish Detroit came out in full force on March 4 for NEXTGen Detroit’s annual premiere fundraiser, EPIC, brought to the community by Sue and Alan J. Kaufman and family. More than 525 young adults enjoyed a night of food, drinks, live entertainment and a stand-up comedy performance by Curb Your Enthusiasm’s JB Smoove at the historic Fillmore Detroit.

“In this, our fifth year as presenting sponsor of EPIC, we wanted to do something special and increase our support for this important event,” said Alan J. Kaufman, chairman and CEO of the H.W. Kaufman Financial Group and Burns & Wilcox. “We were excited to be able to offer a match for all new donations and increases made the night of EPIC.

“It is clear from the enormous success of the program that the next generation of Jewish Detroit accepted the challenge. With an even better turnout than last year, these dedicated EPIC attendees once again demonstrated the immense generosity, leadership and commitment of our community’s young leaders.”

NEXTGen Detroit, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s young adult division, has raised over $1 million for the Federation’s Annual Campaign over the last five years at EPIC, but this was by far their most successful year yet. With a compelling program that featured the personal stories of three local young adults who have been impacted by the work of the Federation and its partner agencies, EPIC guests raised $270,000, a 42 percent ($80,000) increase over last year.

Becky Hurvitz Special to the Jewish News

President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Scott Kaufman, Danny Kaufman, Morgan Russell and Miryam Rosenzweig, chief development officer, NEXTGen Detroit
Scott Mitnick of Birmingham, Vivek Dave of Chicago and Brandon Schneider of Birmingham
Jaran and Natalie Friedman of Birmingham, and Bryan and Sandra Hamburger of Huntington Woods
Smuel Shrago of Westchester, N.Y., Jonathan Abraham of West Bloomfield, Alex Scharg of Detroit and Jamie Reedhelm of Austin, Texas
Jonathan and Stefanie Tuzman, director of NEXTGen Detroit
Federation President Lawrence A. Wolfe and Kari Alterman, senior program officer at the Davidson Foundation
The crowd at EPIC
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