Summerfest Reaches New Heights

“We do the most good when we do it together.”

With that line, Todd Richman, a chair of UJA-Federation of New York’s Summerfest brought a roar from the crowd of 1,400 at the 21st annual concert event on Long Island, held August 10th. The size of the audience was a record and so was the total gift of $1.6 million.

The evening was a festive one, with pre- and post-concert parties bookending a high-energy concert by Meat Loaf that had the audience on its feet dancing and singing. Scott Jaffee, a longtime lay leader of UJA-Federation, and owner of the Metropolitan Realty Group, received the Robert S. Boas Award for his more than 20 years of service.

Frank Zuckerbrot and Gary Podell present the Robert S. Boas award to Scott Jaffee. (L to R) Frank Zuckerbrot and Gary Podell present the Robert S. Boas award to Scott Jaffee at UJA-Federation’s Summerfest Concert featuring Meat Loaf. Photo by Michael Priest Photography.

Richman and other speakers during the evening at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury stressed the community’s ability to come together and make a difference. “When you connect to UJA-Federation, you will actually change lives,” Richman said.