Kaufman Astoria Studios owner honored

George S. Kaufman recently received The YAI Network’s Charlotte Parkinson Hope Award at the organization’s annual Benefit for Hope Gala.
Kaufman, who has been a leader in the real estate industry for over 40 years, is the owner and Chair of Kaufman Astoria Studios – the legendary production company in Queens that is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
“I am proud that we have always done our best to help ensure that as YAI continues to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens,” Kaufman said. “YAI has a place in our hearts and in our buildings for opportunity, growth and most importantly, a place for hope.”
Comprising seven not-for-profit health and human services agencies, the YAI Network’s staff of 5,500 dedicated workers serves 20,000 people of all ages with disabilities and their families through more than 450 community-based programs.
In addition, Kaufman serves on the board of trustees of numerous philanthropic and civic organizations, including The Whitney Museum, the Fashion Institute of Technology, Exploring the Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image.
“George Kaufman and the Kaufman Organization have been generous and staunch supporters of the YAI Network’s mission of providing hope and opportunity for people with disabilities,” said Philip H. Levy, CEO and President of the YAI Network.