WEST ORANGE, NJ - Almost 500 guests packed the Wilshire Grand Hotel on Wednesday, March 28, for The Main Event, sponsored by the United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey.

Howie Mandel, currently the host and executive producer of the Fox series "Mobbed," headlined. Cynthia and Michael Geller, Amanda and Peter Fiverson and Marit and Jason Halper co-chaired the event.

UJC MetroWest partners with other local and overseas agencies to lend its support to several philanthropic organizations and causes. 

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David Schnitzler, a resident of JESPY House, an organization that the UJC Metrowest supports, stole the show with his personal story about having the courage to move out on his own and get a job. JESPY House works with adults who have learning and development disabilities that show they can live independently and hold down a job. 

Schnitzler, 45, moved out of his mother’s home more than 20 years ago to live in a JESPY House community in South Orange. He currently works at a veterans organization in the area and is now engaged to be married in the fall.

The UJC MetroWest helps Jewish persons in need and ensures a strong Jewish future in MetroWest, Israel and around the world. It also responds to emergency and disaster situations globally.