In a room full of New York’s illustrious real estate professionals, Peter L. Malkin accepted the Jack D. Weiler Award at UJA-Federation of New York’s Real Estate & Allied Trades Division Luncheon on June 5th.
“I want to thank you for being here and for your support of UJA-Federation,” Malkin told more than 400 guests who had gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Lloyd Goldman, Real Estate Division chair, also expressed his gratitude to the guests. “I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity,” he said. “You’ve shown how UJA-Federation inspires us to act on our Jewish values to strengthen our community and our world through charity, repairing the world, and acts of kindness.”
“In A Nutshell, We Care”
Larry A. Silverstein, a developer and long-time lay leader of UJA-Federation, made a poignant statement about the importance of the event. “We are here today, in a nutshell, because we care,” he said. “You understand the needs of human beings whose lives desperately require our support in many ways.”
In addition to the annual campaign, the funds raised at the luncheon will also benefit the Building Repair Fund that helps network agencies of UJA-Federation keep their facilities in safe condition.
Tony Malkin paid tribute to his father, saying his father has his greatest respect, and introduced guest speaker Lawrence H. Summers. Summers is president emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University professor of Harvard University.
“It is my privilege to know Peter Malkin and his family,” Summers said. “Peter is the most generous, wise man I know.”
Summers added that the U.S. has a capacity for common purpose around helping civic causes and that UJA-Federation is an example of that.
As Morton L. Olshan, one of the luncheon chairs, presented the award to Malkin he recognized the honoree as a leader in real estate who set a lofty example of philanthropy.
Malkin’s family has a storied history in philanthropy as well as real estate. From 1960 to 1963, Malkin’s father-in-law, Lawrence A. Wien, served as president of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, a predecessor of UJA-Federation. Continuing the family legacy, in later years Malkin served as vice president of Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.