GenW Speaker Michele Ganeless Honored by UJA-Federation


Michele Ganeless, president of Comedy Central and Generation W speaker, was recently honored by the UJA-Federation of New York.  “We are all here tonight because we’re honoring Michele,” said Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited, as she greeted guests at the UJA-Federation of New York’s Broadcast, Cable & Film Division event on June 19th.  “But also because we are committed to helping people.” Orender was one of the evening’s event chairs and co-chair of UJA-Federation of New York’s Sports for Youth initiative.

Michele was being honored for her leadership in philanthropy and business and people throughout the media and entertainment world were on hand to pay their tributes–including her good friend and colleague Stephen Colbert:  “Thank you for the privilege of honoring my dear friend, Michele. Thank you, Michele, for being the kind of friend I can still call a real friend and for guiding me for 26 years.”

From the UJA-Federation’s blog post:

“The honoree thanked her Comedy Central colleagues, all of the guests attending the event, and her children and family, who she said were most important to her. Ganeless reflected on how UJA-Federation helps people in need who are less fortunate, but that even her own family has benefited from The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, one of the nonprofits in UJA-Federation’s network. “The JCC in Manhattan is a community center that serves my own family,” from preschool to bat and bar mitzvah programs, she said.

Michael D. Fricklas, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Viacom and co-chair of UJA-Federation of New York’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Executive Committee, also noted that UJA-Federation “helps people no matter who or where they are,” and offers support for people with a wide range of needs, from overcoming poverty and hunger to job training.”

We really love the closing words from actor Chris Hardwick:  “Whatever you achieve in life, you don’t feel the molecules aligning until you’re giving back.”

Click here to read the entire blog post.

Congratulations, Michele!