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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-02-20

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>> ... Next Generation ...

Fun at last year's EPIC Event

An EPIC Good Timms

NEXTGen Detroit's biggest fundraiser
of the year is March 1.


n amazing energy
moved throughout the
room at last year's EPIC
Event. You could feel the
passion as young Jewish leaders and
community champions came together
to strengthen Jewish Detroit. This year,
NEXTGen Detroit's EPIC Event, brought
to the community by Sue and Alan J.
Kaufman and family, promises to be
more incredible and inspiring than ever.
EPIC is a fitting name for what has
become one of Federation's biggest
fundraising events of the year. On
the surface, EPIC is a night of live
comedy, delicious food and great
people. At its core, however, the event
is a celebration of young local Jews,
working together to create a thriving
community. EPIC is a major event for
NEXTGen Detroit, Federation's dynamic
new department focused on the
engagement and retention of young
Jewish adults in Metro Detroit.
This year, NEXTGen Detroit's third
EPIC Event will feature a stand-up
performance by comedian Nick Kroll,
best known for his roles as Ruxin on
FX's The League and as himself on
Comedy Central's Kroll Show. Kroll
is widely considered to be one of the
most talented and entertaining young
comedians working today.

.n Event With Purpose

Brimming with excitement, Scott
Mitnick, EPIC event chair, says, "With
the success of the NEXTGen Detroit's
EPIC Event over the last couple years,
we've shown not only the Metropolitan
Detroit area, but the entire country as
well, that the young Jewish community
in this region is thriving! The EPIC
Event not only celebrates what we
have accomplished, but also stresses
the need for continued involvement
from the young Jewish community
to ensure that the momentum

continues. And — it almost goes
without saying — EPIC is a fantastic
With events like EPIC, Federation's
NEXTGen Detroit Division provides an
amazing social experience for Jews in
Detroit while simultaneously showing
them how powerful it can be when
they all come together on behalf of
their community. It's also a platform for
the next generation of Jewish leaders
to support Federation's mission.
Alan J. Kaufman, whose family
was also the presenting sponsor for
the 2013 event, says, "Our family is
pleased to build upon the success
and exciting leadership coming from
NEXTGen into the community. It is
vitally important to continue the link
of leadership in Jewish Detroit, and
to make sure that this link is even
stronger now and in the future."

EPIC Fundraising
For The Community

The event also has had an epic impact
on Federation's Annual Campaign,
raising $330,000 in 2013 and helping
the NEXTGen Detroit Division grow
its donor base by more than 150
percent since 2010. As these statistics
demonstrate, a growing number of
young Jewish Detroiters are commit-
ting themselves to our community with
their financial support as well as their
passion and enthusiasm.
NEXTGen President Rachel Wright
says, "EPIC is so much more than just
an incredible event. What this annual
night has become is an experience
that lasts so much longer than just
the program itself. It allows for our
young Jewish community to project our
support, pride — and, most importantly
— our presence here. Detroit's Jewish
community is EPIC — and with
programs like this one —promises to
continue to be so in the future." ❑

Join Federation's NEXTGen Detroit at the EPIC Event on March
1 at MGM Grand in Detroit. Registration closes Friday, Feb. 21,

at noon. Advanced registration is required. Tickets are $75. To
register, visit Jewishdetroit.org/epic, or call Jessica Goodwin at
(248) 203-1470.




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Info: BroadwaylnDetroit.com & 313-872-1000. Groups (12+):
313-871-1132 or e-mail Groups@BroadwaylnDetroit.com .


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