There was such a buzz of excitement at the at the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds’ Alice N. Proskauer Day Camp on Long Island on Tuesday, July 31st you could feel it in the air. There were so many people, so many smiling faces, so much pride, and so many grownups! What were so many adults doing at a facility that is home to thousands of children attending day camp? They were all there for the dedication of the new Kathy and Alan Greenberg Sports Pavilion, the first of its kind for the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, an agency of UJA-Federation of New York.

Happy attendees schmoozing out side the pavillion

Waiting for the dedication to begin

Close to 100 people came to honor and celebrate Kathy and Alan Greenberg’s visionary philanthropic leadership in making a gift to build this state of the art 10,000 square foot sports facility and conference center. Attendees included top leadership from UJA-Federation; HKC Board of Directors; executive directors, board members and camp directors of the agency camps located on the grounds; representatives of JCC Association; supporters of Jewish day camping; and family and friends of Kathy and Alan Greenberg.
Throughout the dedication there was a wonderful air of festivity as all gathered relished the moment and what it represented for the future.
Lenny Silberman, CEO of the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, welcomed everyone to the dedication, talking about this momentous day and how “we are good together: HKC, UJA-Federation of New York, and Kathy and Alan Greenberg.” Next Alisa R. Doctoroff, Board Chair of UJA-Federation of New York, discussed the impact and power an indoor facility like this would have on the children, UJA-Federation Agencies, affiliated summer camps, and local businesses. Doctoroff went on to thank the Greenbergs for their generosity in providing scholarship dollars to children who could not otherwise afford experiencing the magic of camp and their passion and dedication in building this amazing facility.
Scott Jaffee, HKC President also spoke. He welcomed everyone to the campgrounds and thanked the Greenbergs and UJA-Federation on behalf of the HKC board. As he introduced the short film about the project and its impact (the guests got to hear from campers what this facility means for them), Jaffee reiterated how successful this partnership has been. Katie Shafsky, a past camper and longtime counselor at the Samuel Field Y Day Camp, shared her history and experience at the Sam Field Y Day Camp at HKC and how excited she was about the programming opportunities this new pavilion would give to for her campers.

And what would the dedication of a camp facility be without the sights and sounds of the children who are going to use it. Attendees were treated to the shining faces and sweet voices of campers from the Mid-Island Y JCC Day Camp singing a medley of Jewish songs.

Afterwards, in his remarks, John S. Ruskay, Executive Vice President & CEO UJA-Federation of New York, referenced the words from one of the songs made famous by Debbi Friedman, “not by might, and not by power but by spirit alone shall we all live in peace.” talking about the power of the spirit of children and that “kids change lives.”

Last to speak was William L. Mack, Chair of Capital Gifts & Special Initiatives of UJA-Federation, who made a special presentation to Kathy and Alan Greenberg. He shared with all that the Greenbergs are so proud of what they have been able to do and that this building is the “latest testament to their devotion to offering memorable camp experiences that build character and confidence.” The dedication ended with a ribbon cutting and mezuzah ceremony. Everyone left with a sense of pride at what the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, UJA-Federation of New York, and Kathy and Alan Greenberg accomplished. And in the spirit of camp, all were treated to the summer treat of s’mores, reminding us that camp is “s’more” than just fun, it impacts lives!

William Mack makes a presentation to the Greenbergs

Standing outside the Pavilion

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