Reflecting on his passion for supporting organizations of excellence, Thomas H. Lee, president of Lee Equity Partners, LLC, accepted The Jack Nash Award at UJA-Federation’s Private Equity Recognition Event. The event was held on April 29th at The St. Regis New York in Manhattan.

Private Equity Recognition Event 2014
From left, honoree Thomas H. Lee, with Thomas J. Tisch, and Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

More than 200 Wall Street leaders turned out to honor Lee and raise more than $1.1 million. Collectively, guests at the event and the broader private equity community raised more than $13.2 million for UJA-Federation’s annual campaign this year.

“Tom is a pioneer in the world of private equity, generous in support of philanthropy, and a dear friend,” said Edgar Bronfman, Jr., general partner at Accretive LLC, as he presented Lee with the award. “Tom has a reputation as a man of his word. His civic and cultural activities are myriad, and he is recognized by peers and friends for all he has done for so many.”

Lee talked about how he and his wife, Ann Tenenbaum, seek to support outstanding institutions including hospitals, colleges, and in the arts.

“And we certainly found that with UJA-Federation,” Lee said. “It’s an incredible organization that touches so many lives in so many places. I’m privileged and honored to receive this award. Thank you all for your generosity.”

Joshua Nash and Thomas H. Lee
Joshua Nash (left) and honoree Thomas H. Lee

Joshua Nash, who last year accepted the inaugural award named in his father’s honor and is president of Ulysses Management LLC, said his father would have been delighted that Lee received this tribute. “Dad would be proud Tom is receiving this recognition for his generosity in improving lives. I salute and congratulate you tonight as a leader who has had a profound impact on the community,” Nash said.

That view of Lee was echoed by John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation. “Tom is a man of many passions, about arts, about education, but he also understands the responsibility to care about the whole community,” he said. “It is fitting that Tom receives The Jack Nash Award.”

David Moore, co-chair of the Private Equity Division and CEO of Moore Holdings, noted that UJA-Federation works to help people most in need. “It’s a tall order but people in this room make it possible,” Moore said. Moore, who is Private Equity co-chair along with Marc Lipschultz, member and global head of energy and infrastructure at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, added, “Thank you for your generosity to UJA-Federation and to Tom.”