That children of diverse races, religions, and talents united in a harmonious pursuit of their interest with an intensity and devotion amazed all of us. The spirit of joyousness that prevailed was a source of wonderment, and one questions, “Can it ever happen again?”
— Andrew McKinley, Usdan’s first Executive Director, in his first Director’s Report (1968)
It’s all about U. Usdan is a community of makers and dreamers. It’s a place that calls to the artist in everyone. Each summer since 1968, thousands of students, aged 4 to 18, from communities across Long Island, New York City, and beyond have found inspiration from each other and nature on Usdan's woodland campus.
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF U AT OUR GALA CELEBRATION, JULY 19, 2018
Join the 50th Anniversary Gala celebration on Thursday, July 19, 2018. On this special evening, Usdan’s community of alumni, campers, parents, grandparents, faculty, and supporters is invited to honor the founders and legacy families who have shaped the camp. Come celebrate the campers, parents, and staff who make Usdan a place of creative risk taking and collaboration.
JOIN THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY MCKINLEY HOST COMMITTEE
We would be honored if you would consider joining the McKinley Host Committee, named after Usdan’s visionary first Executive Director, Andrew McKinley. McKinley Host Committee members will be the esteemed hosts for the evening. Members will:
- - Be recognized on the invitation, in the program, and from the podium during the Gala dinner;
- - Enjoy preferred seating at the Gala Performance and Dinner;
- - Purchase individual (1) or couple (2) Head Table tickets at $500 per ticket; and
- - If possible, invite two (2) guests who will purchase Head Table Tickets.
In order for your name appear on the Gala invitation, please purchase your Host Committee Tickets by April 6, 2018. Even if you have plans to be away during the Gala, I encourage you to join the McKinley Host Committee. You are welcome to give the two Head Table tickets you purchase to your friends who are interested in Usdan.
Alumni may join the Alumni Host Committee by following this link.
Parents of Current and Former Students may join the Parent Host Committee by following this link.
All Supporters may join the McKinley Host Committee by following this link.
ATTEND THE GALA
Not able to join the Host Committee? Please purchase individual tickets for this memorable evening.
Whether or not you’re able to attend, please consider sending a charitable donation by visiting usdan.org/donate-now.
This spring and summer, Usdan has many volunteer opportunities in the office, on the campus, and at the Gala. Complete the form below if you are interested in volunteering at Usdan.
CALLING ALL ALUMNI, THIS SECTION IS JUST FOR YOU
Whether it has been a single year or 49 since you created art at camp, we look forward to seeing you again this summer.
SHARE THE JOY
At Usdan, we say, “Lose yourself for a summer. Find yourself for a lifetime.” We hope you will share Usdan with the students your life. Use the promotional code ALUMNI when you enroll children for summer 2018 to receive $100 off tuition for new campers.
In honor of our 50th anniversary and the generations of one-of-a-kind campers who have attended, we launched the Uniquely U Scholarship. The scholarships will be awarded to up to 10 students who best showcase their creativity and what makes them unique. To learn who receives the 2018 Uniquely U scholarships and to find out more information visit UU.Usdan.org.
This summer, join us at camp for a visit, lunch, and a Festival performance. RSVP for, or ask questions about, campus visits by emailing visitU@usdan.org.
PERFORM AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA ON JULY 19, 2018
During the evening Gala Performance, founding Junior Chorus Director (1968-2011) Elaine Panik Gates will lead students and alumni in singing the Junior Chorus classic “Rhythm of Life” from the musical Sweet Charity. If you would like to sing under the direction of Ms. Panik Gates, please RSVP below then purchase your ticket.
Alumni performers will be required to purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner. Singers will receive the music in advance. A mandatory rehearsal will be held during the afternoon of July 19, 2018 prior to the evening Gala Performance.
COMMEMORATE YOUR USDAN FRIENDSHIPS
Usdan campers create bonds that last a lifetime. The Friendship Forest celebrates these relationships. To commemorate your friendship on a Friendship Forest plaque, please make a $100 donation, and list your name and the name of your friend(s) as you would like them displayed. Friendship Forest plaques will be permanently displayed on trees along Usdan’s woodland paths.
My colleagues and I can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Lauren Brandt Schloss
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