An Immersive Fundraising Day Celebrating 55 years of Usdan


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Come for some or stay for all!



As Partner and Head of BBH’s Global Institutional Business Development and Relationship Management, Jeff leads the firm’s Institutional client activities on a global basis for a range of products/services. Read More


Jake Cohen is a New York Times bestselling cookbook author and Usdan alum. He has worked in some of NYC’s best restaurants and test kitchens, and wrote his first book, Jew-ish about his love of modern Jewish cooking and baking. Read More


As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Usdan’s mission is to invite people of all ages to experience the natural beauty of our campus and the transformative power of the arts. We rely on the generosity of our community to help us realize this mission and sustain the creativity within all of our students and programs. We hope you will join us!

The day-long format of experiential events lets you engage with the art and beauty of the Usdan campus the way the students do: immersively. Come for some or stay for all!

Ticket prices range from $65/person (the actual cost) to $1,000/person. However, it is very important to us that The U Benefit is accessible to our entire community. Everyone is welcome and we do not want cost to be a barrier to attendance. Choose the Friend level on the RSVP form for our pay-what-you-can option and reserve your spot. And, as always, donations at any level are deeply appreciated, but not required to attend this event.


Please consider joining the Host Committee to have a transformative impact on Usdan’s young artists. Host Committee members will be recognized on the website and The U Benefit invitation. Sponsorship levels start at $2,500. Click here to join now. Please contact with any questions about sponsorships.

As of July 28, 2023


  • Andrea Pollack & Adam Usdan
  • Jeffrey Schoenfeld
  • Esme Usdan & James Snyder
  • Eva, John, Sam, Simon & Josh Usdan


  • Annette and Anthony Albanese Foundation
  • Marilyn & Russell Albanese
  • Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP


  • Lillian and Joel Cohen


  • Robert Bachner
  • The Klipper Family Foundation
  • Suzanne & Bob Nederlander, Jr.


  • Debra & Dale Lewis
  • Caroline McIntyre & Nancy McIntyre
  • Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc.
  • TriNet


  • Arnhold Foundation | Jody and John Arnhold
  • Brown & Brown of Garden City, Inc.
  • Amanda Fugazy & Scott Brennan
  • Agnes Gund
  • Kerry & Joseph Goldberg
  • Innovision Advertising
  • Lillian Jagendorf & Dan Shannon
  • The Lista Family
  • Michele Lowe
  • Esther Rosenberg & Michael Ostroff
  • Greta, Sam, Lauren & Jonathan Schloss
  • Sarah & Daniel Schweber
  • The Socolow/London Family
  • Carol & Steven Sokol
  • Chaeri & Dylan Tornay
  • Dr. Jamie Ullman & Mark Nearenberg


All Day
Art Majors & Minors Open Studio Exhibition
Comic Con
Studio Visits

10:00 a.m.
Sr. Writing Major

10:10 a.m.
Jr. Broadway Jazz & Choreography

10:30 a.m.
Jr. The Actor Sings
Sr. “The Little Mermaid” Rehearsal

11:05 a.m.
Sr. Vocal Ensemble
Sr. Fashion Show

11:15 a.m.
Jr. Tap II & Jr. Hip Hop
Jr.The Actor Sings

11:50 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Picnic Lunch

12:15 p.m.
Festival: Alumni & Community Award Presentation;
Discovery, Sr. Cello, Sr. Jazz Major, Sr. Tap, Troupe

1:05 p.m.
Discovery Lunch & Art Exhibition

1:15 p.m.
Jr. Writing Major

1:30 p.m.
“The Rainbow Fish Musical”
Sr. Tap I & Sr. Hip Hop
Jr. “The Little Mermaid” Rehearsal
Parade & Jr. Fashion Show

2:30 p.m.
Sr. Broadway Jazz
& Dance Adventure

3:05 p.m.
Splash Bash with live jazz
An after party with swimming, mocktails, music, and nibbles at the pools. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Prepare for Fun + Festive + Practical

  • Bring swim gear if you plan on swimming after 3pm, as you can change after the camp day ends. We will be selling towels.
  • Expect to get your steps in – wear comfortable shoes.

U Attend
U Watch
U Applaud
U Wander
U Eat
U Smile
U Benefit
U Help the Kids Too!

Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
185 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798