Members of the Rivertowns community gathered at a private home in Irvington on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, to celebrate the community’s tradition of caring for those in need through UJA-Federation of New York and the empowerment of philanthropy.
Elissa Strauss of Irvington, chair of UJA-Federation’s Rivertowns Women, also spoke about teaching children about the satisfaction of doing good. She pointed to the gratification her daughter, Rebecca, experienced while raising funds for a new youth lounge at the Sally & Anthony Mann Center in Hawthorne. A residential treatment facility (RTF) for teens with psychiatric conditions, the Mann Center is run by a UJA partner, The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.
“There’s an awful lot of empowerment in that,” Strauss said. “I’ve seen the impact of my gifts to UJA, how they tangibly improve the lives of vulnerable people in our own community and beyond. Watching that spark ignited in my daughter was incredible.”
Funds raised at the event go to UJA-Federation, which supports a network of more than 80 core partners and hundreds of other nonprofit organizations, large and small. These nonprofits provide food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, independence for the elderly, jobs for the unemployed, as well as stimulating education programs for people in New York, in Israel, and in nearly 70 countries.
Event chairs were Cheryl and David Brandwein of Irvington and Lisa Izes and Jason Laks of Irvington.