High-powered dinner nets a record $26 million haul, but charity officials stressing youth.
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At UJA-Federation of New York’s Wall Street Dinner last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made a surprise appearance and told a story about being in the Conclave in Rome to choose the new pope. Outgoing NYPD chief Ray Kelly served as the keynote speaker. Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, a man with such a high profile that he was portrayed in the HBO film “Too Big to Fail,” accepted the Gustave L. Levy Award recognizing vision and generosity.
Mayor keynotes at annual Wall Street Dinner as guests raise $4.5 million.
Jewish Week Correspondent
One of the major reasons New Yorkers will overcome the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy is because of UJA-Federation of New York and its network of agencies, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the organization’s annual Wall Street Dinner Monday night.
Speaking to more than 1,500 guests, the largest turnout in the event’s history, Bloomberg added that the network’s ability to “act quickly” and to “come through” makes the federation an “important partner” in the recovery process.
The speeches atUJA-Federation of New York’s annual Wall Street Dinner this week included references to the economic fear and uncertainly among the city’s financial professionals, many of whom are expecting large reductions in their end-of-year bonuses. Even the event’s emcee, actress Susie Essman, couldn’t help but touch on Occupy Wall Street, greeting the nearly 1,200 professionals, business leaders and philanthropists who came to the dinner as the “1 percent — or, should I say, the 0.1 percent.”