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Wall Street Leaders Raise $23 Million at UJA-Federation of New York's The Wall Street Dinner to Support the Vital Needs of Community

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 11, 2012) - UJA-Federation of New York's Wall Street & Financial Services Division raised a record breaking $23 million at The Wall Street Dinner on Monday, December 10, 2012, at the Hilton New York, surpassing last year by $1 million. The Wall Street Dinner continues to be one of New York City's leading philanthropic events and this year had a record turnout of more than 1,500 financial professionals, prominent business leaders, and philanthropists in attendance. The event honored Robert S. Kapito, president of BlackRock, and Boaz Weinstein, founder of Saba Capital.

Robert S. Kapito received The Gustave L. Levy Award. Considered a pre-eminent honor in the industry, this award recognizes a leader in the Wall Street community for both exceptional professional achievements and an enduring commitment to UJA-Federation. Previous honorees of The Gustave L. Levy Award include Paul J. Taubman, Peter W. May, John A. Paulson, Gary D. Cohn, Richard A. Friedman, Daniel S. Och, Morris W. Offit, Michael Minikes, Leon M. Wagner, and Jeffrey B. Lane.

Boaz Weinstein received The Wall Street Young Leadership Award, which recognizes a professional who demonstrates exemplary leadership, steadfast commitment to the community, and continued generosity to UJA-Federation. Previous honorees of The Wall Street Young Leadership Award include Scott L. Shleifer, Michael B. Nierenberg, Marc S. Lipschultz, Jonathan M Harris, Larry Robbins, Scott S. Prince, Alexandra Lebenthal, and Ricky Sandler.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg provided the keynote address, acknowledging UJA-Federation of New York and its beneficiary agencies for their work providing relief during the natural disaster that hit New York City.

"The support and philanthropic leadership of Wall Street has built an unshakable foundation for our community," said John S. Ruskay, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York. "Because of the kind of generosity on display in this room tonight, we were able to respond boldly, compassionately, and effectively to two crises on two fronts, Hurricane Sandy in New York and the violence in southern Israel."

During The Wall Street Dinner, which took place on the third night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein gave an invocation. Cantor Angela Buchdahl led guests in traditional prayers over the lighting of the Chanukah menorah, followed by "Maoz Tzur," a traditional Chanukah song. 

"As we celebrate Chanukah and the great miracle of light, we are also celebrating another miracle that happened this year -- the resiliency of our community and the ability to come together and rebuild after the devastation of two crises," said Jerry W. Levin, president of UJA-Federation of New York. "With funds raised by the Wall Street community, we strengthen our network of nearly 100 agencies reaching 4.5 million people in New York, in Israel, and across the country."

"For nearly 100 years, UJA-Federation has responded effectively to global and local crises," said Alisa R. Doctoroff, chair of the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York. "The preparedness of our network agencies, along with the emergency funds, enabled us to respond quickly to urgent needs here in New York and in Israel. Your generosity, your support of our annual campaign and endowment, is what makes it all possible."

A casino-themed Closing Bell After-Party provided an opportunity to engage young Wall Street professionals in the work of UJA-Federation and encourage additional support for the annual campaign.

About UJA-Federation of New York

For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, almost 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at http://www.ujafedny.org.