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Posted on: May 2nd, 2011

Again setting new records for attendance and gifts, UJA-Federation of New York’s Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group honored Marc Abrams at a May 2nd luncheon.

Abrams, one of the most respected attorneys in his field in the city, thanked UJA-Federation and many others for their help and confidence numerous times during his career. “I am deeply touched and delighted to receive this extraordinary honor,” said Abrams, a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, in referring to the Professor Lawrence P. King Award.

Honoree Marc Abrams (left), with Matthew Feldman and the Professor Lawrence P. King Award for the UJA-Federation of New York Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group.               Photos: Chloe Seldman/Michael Priest Photography

Throughout the program attended by nearly 1,200 at the Waldorf-Astoria, Abrams and others talked about the broad reach of UJA-Federation’s support. “It is our pleasure today to be able to honor Marc Abrams,” said Marcia Goldstein, a chair of the Bankruptcy group’s executive committee, for his achievements in law and “also his leadership in philanthropy and the example he’s set for working to make our community—indeed our world—a better place for millions of people.”

The group’s collective gift for the event was $1.28 million, breaking last year’s record. “Thank all of you for truly stepping up to the plate to make this event such a great success,” said Hal Novikoff, another chair.

“The central tenet of UJA-Federation is to take care of Jews, no matter where they live,” said Albert Togut, a vice chair of the bankruptcy group, “and to take care of New Yorkers of all backgrounds, the people we call our neighbors, regardless of whether they’re Jewish.”

Honoree Marc Abrams (left), with Leonard Rosen and Albert Togut.

Honoree Marc Abrams (left), with Leonard Rosen and Albert Togut.

The event’s guest speaker, Jackie Ebron, director of crisis services for Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency, was introduced by Don Bernstein, a chair of the bankruptcy group who said, “She individually has touched the lives of more New Yorkers than just about anyone I know of.” Ebron, who has been with Met Council for more than 35 years and who is legendary for her hands-on attention to people’s cases, said, “I tend to take a lot of cases on personally because it could be you or me.”

Ebron spoke about how UJA-Federation’s support has been critical in such cases as a 100-year-old woman struggling to stay in her apartment and an 80-year-old woman who didn’t want to go to a shelter after a fire damaged her home. “The donations you give go to the right place,” she said.

Matthew Feldman, who chairs with Abrams the Business Reorganization and Restructuring Department at Willkie Farr, introduced Abrams and spoke of the “enormous respect” with which he is held by colleagues.

Albert Togut (left), Harvey Miller, and Donald Bernstein.

Albert Togut (left), Harvey Miller, and Donald Bernstein.

Abrams thanked the firms that have hired him during his career, as well as his wife, Robyn, family, and others. He said that “milestones in life” are not accomplished without a great deal of support and mentoring, and “leaps of faith.” He praised UJA-Federation as an organization “known for taking moral and social responsibility.”

“Rest easy,” he told those in the room, “donations collected here will be well spent.”