Something EPIC is coming to Detroit

February 12, 2015 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

NEXTGen Detroit will host its premiere fundraising event on Saturday, February 28th at MGM Grand Detroit, brought to the community by Alan J. & Sue Kaufman and Family. EPIC, as the event is aptly named, has become an annual tradition that is anything but a traditional fundraiser.

“We work every year to make EPIC an exciting and spectacular event. This is an opportunity to really show our thanks for the NEXTGen Detroiters who are consistently rising to the occasion and supporting the Jewish community here and around the world,” said Jay Hack, NEXTGen Detroit President. “But more than just a fundraiser, more than a social event, EPIC is really a celebration of the energy in young Jewish Detroit, the vitality of our community right now and the limitless potential of our future.”

Now in its fourth year, EPIC continues to have an important impact on Federation’s Annual Campaign. The event has played a major role in helping NEXTGen Detroit grow its number of donors by over 100% since 2010, increase dollars raised by 23% since 2010 and serve as a source of awareness building and inspiration for the many young adults that NEXTGen Detroit works to engage and provide a dynamic Jewish life for here in Detroit.

“Our family is excited to once again sponsor NEXTGen Detroit’s EPIC Event. In the three years that we have had the privilege of being the presenting sponsor, we have seen the tremendous reach and impact that this event has had on the NEXTGen community and its emerging leaders,” said Alan J. Kaufman. “We are confident that this bright, passionate and generous generation will no doubt carry on the legacy of a vibrant and thriving Jewish community in Detroit.”

T.J. Miller, comedian and star of HBO’s Silicon Valley, will be the headlining act at this year’s EPIC, performing a full hour of live stand-up. A pre-event reception and late-night dancing will bookend the main event, which has a few new big surprises in store for attendees including an additional live entertainment act.

“Our aim is to provide a fun, celebratory night for young professionals in our community who have put forth time, leadership and generosity. At the same time, we use EPIC as a platform to illustrate how such time, leadership and generosity is needed to keep our local and global Jewish community moving forward,” said Scott Mitnick, NEXTGen Detroit Board Member and EPIC Co-Chair.

“EPIC is a night that truly embodies what we work to accomplish at the Jewish Federation and NEXTGen Detroit: build Jewish community, strengthen Jewish identity and grow Jewish philanthropy,” said Adam Blanck, NEXTGen Detroit Board Member and EPIC Co-Chair. “We’re bringing together hundreds of young Detroiters, which really highlights the vibrancy of our community, and we’re also collectively recognizing and celebrating our generation’s commitment to the future of Jewish Detroit.”

Join Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit at the EPIC Event on February 28th at MGM Grand in Detroit. Advanced registration is required. Event details and tickets are available online at jewishdetroit.org/epic2015 or call Jessica Goodwin at 248-203-1470. Registration closes on February 20th at noon.

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