Nearly 900 young adults gathered at the MGM Grand in Detroit to celebrate a vibrant Jewish Detroit and to support the fundraising efforts of the Jewish Federation.
Billed as the “event of the year” and sold out well in advance, the event was sponsored by Sue and Alan J. Kaufman and family.
This is Our Time
An event to see and be seen on a Saturday night in the city, EPIC drew its share of laughs from featured entertainer, B.J. Novak of the hit TV show, The Office. But the showstopper was “Our Time,” the new NEXTGen campaign video, produced by the Federation with the Detroit-based production company, Detroit Lives.
Take three minutes to watch, love, share.
Making their mark.
With event chairs, Jordan Glass and Leah Bold, Rob Lippitt of the Young Leadership Cabinet rallied the crowd to “step forward” with a meaningful pledge to Federation’s 2013 campaign, the response was epic indeed.
A total of $264,000 in pledges, representing over $100,000 more than last year’s EPIC event.
190 new donors to the Federation, with an average first-time gift of $184.
A 45% increase in gifts from previous donors.
“Even if you don’t live in Detroit, watch this minute video. Amazing! And if you live in Detroit then you are blessed! Get involved with The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and NEXTGen Detroit. You can change our world.” -Amy Newman
“When we say, ‘What’s up Detroit?’ we really mean ‘What’s EPIC Detroit?’ How lucky are we to be here now?” -Rachel Wright