We've made a commitment of 52 Weeks of Giving for 2021. Stay tuned and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter every week to learn more about each of these great organizations!
The firm's commitment to charitable giving has never been stronger and our attorneys share this value. There are so many worthy causes to choose from that it's hard to know where to begin. So, for every week of 2021, we will match a $1,000 contribution to a Klehr Harrison attorney's nonprofit organization of choice. The result will be $104,000 donated over the course of the year to many deserving charities.
Week 40 – Giving Tuesday (donations totaling $16,000!) [Video]
Week 38 – Associates Week 2 [Video]
Week 35 – Associates Week 1 [Video]
Week 1: Bill Matthews has chosen to support to For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation. The organization enables cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by creating unforgettable and lasting respite experiences. Learn more at https://takeabreakfromcancer.org/
Week 2: Doug Schleicher has chosen to support JFCS of Greater Philadelphia. JFCS is a full-service, wide-ranging social service agency helping the most vulnerable throughout their entire life cycle. From programs for Persons Living with Disabilities and Holocaust Survivors to Mental Health counseling and prevention programs for teens to food and clothing distribution to those in need, JFCS serves the entire community and all who need them. Learn more at https://www.jfcsphilly.org/klehrgiving
Week 3: We support Simon's Heart. The organization works toward a future in which parents and communities don’t lose children to detectable and treatable heart conditions. Their mission is to create and advance innovative and evidence-based programs, policies, and research that prevent sudden cardiac arrest and death in children, teens, and young adults. Learn more at https://www.simonsheart.org
Week 4: Founding partner Mort Branzburg has chosen to support JEVS Human Services. The organization enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. JEVS believes in giving people possibilities—opportunities to be self-sufficient and satisfied. They offer a wide range of services, including skills training and career management, vocational rehabilitation, recovery services, adult residential and day services, in-home personal assistance and more. Each year they touch thousands of lives, focusing on individuals with physical, developmental and emotional challenges as well as those facing adverse socio-economic conditions including unemployment and underemployment. Learn more at www.jevshumanservices.org
Week 5: Tax partner Larry Arem has chosen to support Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia's Youth Cycling program. The Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) program works with youth ages 12-18 across Philadelphia in building healthy habits, leadership, and independence through the sport of cycling. Learn more at https://bicyclecoalition.org/programs/youth-cycling/
Week 6: Litigation Co-Chair Jonathan Krause has chosen to support the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. The foundation seeks to educate people on the atrocities of the past while working toward a future of tolerance and enlightenment and also maintains the city’s only Holocaust monument, the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza. Learn more at https://www.philaholocaustmemorial.org/
Week 7: Real Estate & Finance partner Carl Primavera has chosen to support The Primavera Fund. The organization is Philadelphia's premier merit-based program for financially challenged young, aspiring musicians. They provide individualized, focused support, resources and access to the best educational opportunities in the city and beyond. The Primavera Fund removes the financial barriers between talented young musicians and the education that they deserve. The fund was named in honor of Carl's father, Joseph Primavera, a musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Learn more at www.primaverafund.org.
Week 8: We support Philabundance. The organization is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need and advocating for policies that increase food access. Their mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. They serve more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Learn more at www.philabundance.org.
Week 9: Real Estate & Finance partner Greg Gosfield has chosen to support Philabundance. The organization is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need and advocating for policies that increase food access. Their mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. They serve more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Learn more at www.philabundance.org.
Week 10: Real Estate & Finance partner Ron Patterson has chosen to support the ALS Hope Foundation. The ALS Hope Foundation, located within the Neurology Department at Temple University, provides clinical support to ALS patients and their families at no cost.The organization provides long-term support to clinical centers of excellence for the care and treatment of people with ALS, clinical and basic research programs leading to a cure, support programs for people with ALS and their caregivers that optimize care and promote independence, and programs that promote education about diagnosis, treatment, and care. Learn more at www.alshf.org.
Week 11: Litigation partner David Eagle has chosen to support Chabad of Delaware. Chabad of Delaware is a religious and social service organization serving Delawareans throughout the state. In addition to continuing legal education classes, adult education classes, religious services and other programming for the community, they also provide meals to hundreds of elderly and homebound individuals in Delaware. The organization also runs the Chabad center for the University of Delaware, which offers critical counseling services and a warm, non-judgmental and safe space for students of all affiliations, as well as students of no affiliation, to gather, learn and just relax. Even through COVID-19 and a recent arson attack in 2020, they have continued to find ways to stay engaged with the community and provide these important services. Learn more at www.chabadde.com.
Week 12: Bankruptcy & Restructuring partner Ray Lemisch has chosen to support Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project. The organization assists low-income Philadelphia residents with free debt counseling and pro bono Chapter 7 bankruptcy representation with the help of dedicated staff, volunteer attorneys and local law students. Without CBAP’s help, many people who would benefit from a bankruptcy are faced with either trying to hire an attorney they can’t afford or trying to go through the complicated process on their own. By providing both access to the court system and the tools to be financially sustainable, clients are empowered to create better financial futures for themselves and their families. Learn more at www.cbap-phl.org.
Week 13: General Counsel and Executive Committee member Michael Coran has chosen to support Friends of the Wissahickon. Since 1924, the organization and its membership have worked to conserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein. Staff and volunteers work with expert contractors and environmental scientists to mitigate stormwater runoff into the watershed, reduce erosion and address the impacts on the native habitat posed by climate change. They implement projects that encourage balanced regeneration of native plant and wildlife species, reduce stormwater erosion, and preserve the man-made trails, bridges, and other park structures. Learn more at www.fow.org.
Week 14: Litigation partner Glenn Weiner has chosen to support Imerman Angels. The organization was created on the belief that no one should have to face cancer alone and without the necessary support. They provide comfort and understanding for all cancer fighters, survivors, previvors and caregivers through a personalized, one-on-one connection with someone who has been there. Through their unique matching process, they partner anyone, any age, any gender, anywhere and any cancer type seeking support with someone just like them – a “Mentor Angel.” A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or caregiver who most importantly has faced the same type of cancer. Learn more at www.imermanangels.org.
Week 15: Corporate & securities partner Patrick Murphy has chosen to support Friends of Bache-Martin. Bache-Martin, located in the Fairmount neighborhood and part of the School District of Philadelphia, is a public neighborhood PreK-8 elementary school that offers student-centered academic programming in a caring, energetic and inclusive environment. Friends of Bache-Martin provides financial resources and facilitates community engagement to enhance the educational opportunities offered by the school. The organization cooperates with the Bache-Martin school administration to create a community of lifelong learners, and to support the school’s mission, vision and values. Learn more at www.friendsofbachemartin.org and www.thepowerofbachemartin.com.
Week 16: Litigation partner Grant Phelan has chosen to support Chester Upland Youth Soccer. Chester Upland Youth Soccer strengthens the communities it serves by mentoring youth, engaging families and promoting healthy living. The organization provides after-school and weekend soccer programming, mentorship and nutrition education for children in the traditionally underserved, suburban Philadelphia communities of Chester, Upland and Eddystone each spring and fall. Learn more at www.cuys.org.
Week 17: Bankruptcy & restructuring co-chair Frank Correll has chosen to support the Philadelphia Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is “Cops Helping Kids.” PAL aspires to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city by reducing crime, promoting character development and improving educational outcomes. They do this by having Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer sports and other programs to youth in PAL centers in some of the city’s highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. PAL Centers are safe havens, offering a variety of programs and other events to attract, engage and develop an active membership base of more than 10,000 Philadelphia youth. Learn more at www.phillypal.org.
Week 18: Real estate & finance co-chair Denise Day has chosen to support Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. Their mission is to transform lives and the city by building and repairing homes in partnership with families in need and uniting all Philadelphians around the cause of affordable housing. Their vision is a city where all Philadelphians live in safe, affordable homes. Since 1985, the organization has built and sold approximately 216 affordable homes to first-time homeowners in Philadelphia and has strategically partnered with more than 600 families to make critical home repairs enabling so many families to achieve strength, stability and self-reliance and providing them with a brighter future. Learn more at www.habitatphiladelphia.org.
Week 19: Litigation partner Mark Sheppard has chosen to support the M. Patricia Carroll Fund. The organization assists members of the legal profession in crisis – judges, lawyers and law students – struggling with serious mental health, substance abuse, alcoholism, or other addictive or behavioral issues. M. Patricia Carroll and her husband, John Rogers Carroll, both Philadelphia lawyers, devoted their lives to serving their clients and to helping lawyers struggling with alcoholism and addiction. Over many years, they observed first-hand the financial struggles that impaired lawyers commonly faced in obtaining treatment. The M. Patricia Carroll Fund was established in 2002, after Pat’s death, to address the need for financial assistance for troubled lawyers. Learn more at www.mpcfund.org.
Week 20: Corporate & securities partner Jon Katona has chosen to support the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP). The firm will also match the donation with $1,000. Established in 1990, HAP is the only legal services organization dedicated to providing direct civil legal services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in #Philadelphia. HAP advocates for the needs of the city’s #homeless population, promoting positive changes in policies that impact those needs. By recruiting and training volunteer attorneys, legal assistants and law students to staff these clinics, HAP is able to provide free legal counseling and representation to a population not adequately served by other legal services programs. HAP also collaborates with shelter providers, homeless advocates and community service providers to connect clients with other social services. Learn more at: www.haplegal.org
Week 21: Litigation partner Lisa Lori has chosen to support the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1845, the sisters are a congregation of women religious with a lifelong commitment to serving underserved populations all over the world. One of the sisters’ sponsored works is Marywood University in Scranton. Marywood was founded in 1915 to educate women in Northeastern PA at a time when women could not even vote let alone receive a college education. The sisters believe that education empowers people. Now a coeducational university with approximately 3,000 students from around the world, Marywood continues the mission of its founders by empowering underserved populations through education. Learn more at www.sistersofihm.org.
Week 22: Litigation partner Gaetano Piccirilli has chosen to support the Caring People Alliance. For the last 85 years, the organization has aimed to reduce poverty and injustice throughout Philadelphia by providing high-quality services that nurture positive child and youth development, stable families across the life cycle, and thriving communities. Their centers provide resources such as childcare support, family services and a community of fellow seniors. They are also a member organization of Boys and Girls Clubs of America with programs offered at the centers to ensure young people are supported through diverse educational experiences, personal growth development activities and recreational initiatives. Learn more at: www.caringpeoplealliance.org.
Week 23: Corporate & securities partner Michael Rittinger has chosen to support Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). NFTE is a global educational nonprofit focused on bringing the power of entrepreneurship to youth in low-income communities. NFTE empowers young people to own their futures, promoting more equitable access to economic opportunity through effective entrepreneurship education. Students develop the entrepreneurial mindset. They learn to think and act like entrepreneurs, demonstrating skills such as initiative and self-reliance, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, creativity and innovation, opportunity recognition, and future orientation. This skillset can lead to success in any career. NFTE students are supported by a diverse Volunteer Corps drawn from the local community, including business leaders and entrepreneurs. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, NFTE has trained thousands of teachers and educated more than a million young people worldwide. Learn more at: www.nfte.com.
Week 24: Managing partner Brad Krouse has chosen to support Team IMPACT. The organization tackles the emotional trauma and social isolation experienced by children facing serious and chronic illnesses by matching them with a college athletic team. For a healthy child, there are a number of systems through their family, school or larger community through which they are able to find support and socialization. For children living with a chronic or life-threatening illness, many of those systems are either unavailable or can have a negative impact. By providing a safe, supportive and encouraging environment for a child and their family to connect with a college athletic team and local campus community, Team IMPACT can fill the void left when traditional support systems are lacking. Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched over 2,000 children with more than 700 colleges and universities in 48 states, positively impacting more than 55,000 participating student athletes. Learn more at: www.teamimpact.org.
Week 25: Bankruptcy & restructuring partner Carol Slocum chose to support Lucy Outreach. Lucy Outreach offers multi-lingual, culturally sensitive services to low-income Camden County youth and young adults ages 7-25 and their families. The organization addresses the challenges and setbacks – teen delinquency, gang and drug recruitment and involvement, substance abuse in the home, teen pregnancy, a struggling public school system – faced by urban youth growing up in Camden. They recognize the critical role that each system – homes, families, schools, neighborhoods and friends – plays in a youth’s world. They seek to enhance their quality of life by filling the void of positive programming, by encouraging participants to work within their community and by providing community services, resources and support. Learn more at: www.lucyoutreach.org.
Week 26: Litigation partner Chuck Ercole chose to support Doctors of the Americas. Doctors of the Americas provides humanitarian relief including health care, vision care, dental hygiene education, and clothing donations to impoverished communities in El Salvador, Central America. These communities, along with many others throughout the country, are home to a large sector of the population living in extreme poverty. Access to health care is limited by a number of factors including the remote locations of the communities, limited transportation and primarily inability to afford the medical care. The organization’s medical missions to El Salvador include more than two dozen medical relief team members, including doctors, physician assistants, nurses, social workers and translators. They go to the most remote villages and provide medical care to adults and children — many of whom have never seen a doctor. They typically treat over 1,000 patients over the course of their eight-day visit. Learn more at: www.doctorsoftheamericas.org.
Week 27: We support the Pennsylvania SPCA. The firm will also match the donation with $1,000. PSPCA is #Pennsylvania’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive #AnimalWelfare organization and also the second oldest in the nation. PSPCA is not associated with the ASPCA or any other #SPCA in the state or country. PSPCA’s mission is to protect animals, prevent cruelty and improve the health and quality of life throughout #PA. They have 4 physical locations – North #Philadelphia, Danville, Lancaster and Main Line Animal Rescue – where they offer in-house Shelter Hospitals, low-cost veterinary services, behavior and enrichment programs, humane education and placement of abandoned animals in loving forever homes. They also have a Humane Law Enforcement Department, which covers 18 counties throughout the state. PSPCA has a no-kill philosophy – they do not euthanize for time or space – and have achieved a 97% live-release rate. Learn more at: www.pspca.org
Week 28: Litigation partner Tom Ayala chose to support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). CHOP is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children and have become one of the largest pediatric research facilities in the United States. Since its inception in 1855, they have been the home of countless breakthroughs and dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. CHOP is a charitable, nonprofit hospital and depends on philanthropy to advance its mission. Today, the hospital has 564 beds and more than 1 million outpatient visits and inpatient admissions each year. Patients around the world benefit from our major research advances in a variety of areas including cardiac, genetics, cancer, fetal surgery, neonatology and automobile safety. Learn more at: www.chop.edu.
Week 29: Corporate & securities partner and executive committee member Keith Kaplan chose to support Women’s Way. Women’s Way is the Greater Philadelphia region’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls and gender equity. Their mission is to inspire and mobilize the community to invest in organizations and leaders that will advance the rights of and opportunities for women and girls and achieve gender equity for all. They work in partnership with individuals, organizations and communities that have a stake in advancing gender equity to build a region where all women and girls thrive. Their programs to respond and advocate for issues impacting women include the Immediate Response Action Fund, Women’s Economic Security Initiative and the Young Women’s Initiative. Learn more at: www.womensway.org.
Week 30: Real estate & finance department co-chair Stephan Cutler chose to support Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) of Greater Philadelphia. JFCS is a full-service, wide-ranging social service agency helping the most vulnerable throughout their entire life cycle. From programs for persons living with disabilities and Holocaust survivors to mental health counseling and prevention programs for teens to food and clothing distribution to those in need, JFCS serves the entire community and all who need them. Learn more at https://www.jfcsphilly.org/klehrgiving.
Week 31: Bankruptcy & restructuring department co-chair Domenic Pacitti chose to support the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Handmaids work tirelessly in the United States and around the world to assist people and communities who are poor, uneducated, marginalized, spiritually hungry and searching for God. The mission of the Handmaids is Reparation. As Eucharistic women, they work to bring healing to people’s hearts and peace to their relationships with God, with one another and with creation. The core values that define a Handmaid are Joy, Hospitality, Simplicity, Humility and Compassion. They commit themselves to nurturing faith development, approaching the world with hope and hospitality, reverence of the integrity of creation, celebrating diversity, siding with the poor, acting as leaven for community building and sharing all that they are and have. Their ministry is education in the service of the gospel. Learn more at www.acjusa.org.
Week 32: We support World Bicycle Relief. World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through the power of bicycles. They are committed to helping people conquer the challenge of distance, achieve independence and thrive. In developing regions of the world, millions of people walk for miles each day just to survive. On foot, individuals race against the sun to complete everyday tasks. Distance is a barrier to attending school, receiving healthcare and delivering goods to market. World Bicycle Relief delivers specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need. They developed an efficient, innovative and scalable model to empower students, health workers and entrepreneurs in rural, developing regions with life-changing mobility. Learn more: www.worldbicyclerelief.org.
Week 33: Litigation partner Paige Willan chose to support the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers (EPAC). EPAC is dedicated to promoting education, safeguarding access, building community and preserving our natural lands for rock climbers of the past, present and future. Through education and advocacy, they serve as mentors for one another as well as a new generation of climbers and they strive to empower connection and mutual respect among all climbers. EPAC was created as a means of pooling resources so that Eastern Pennsylvania could have a united voice and shared energy in the climbing community. Learn more: www.epaclimbers.org.
Week 34: Bankruptcy & restructuring and litigation partner Cori Brennan (and her dog, Bella) chose to support the Pennsylvania SPCA. PSPCA is Pennsylvania’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive AnimalWelfare organization and also the second oldest in the nation. PSPCA is not associated with the ASPCA or any other SPCA in the state or country. PSPCA’s mission is to protect animals, prevent cruelty and improve the health and quality of life throughout PA. They have 4 physical locations – North Philadelphia, Danville, Lancaster and Main Line Animal Rescue – where they offer in-house Shelter Hospitals, low-cost veterinary services, behavior and enrichment programs, humane education and placement of abandoned animals in loving forever homes. They also have a Humane Law Enforcement Department, which covers 18 counties throughout the state. PSPCA has a no-kill philosophy – they do not euthanize for time or space – and have achieved a 97% live-release rate. Learn more at: www.pspca.org.
Week 35: Associates at the firm are showing their support for some of their favorite nonprofits! Litigation associate Monica Platt chose to support ACHIEVEability. ACHIEVEability strives to permanently break the generational cycle of poverty for low-income, single parent and homeless families through higher education, affordable housing, supportive services, community and economic development and accountability. Corporate & securities associate Elizabeth Bucilla chose to support Saved Me Rescue. Saved Me Rescue is a nonprofit organization focused on saving dogs from shelters that are forced to euthanize due to a limited amount of space. Real estate & finance associate Augusta O’Neill chose to support Historic Rittenhouse Town. Historic Rittenhouse Town, a National Historic Landmark District, is dedicated to informing the public about the life and times of this early industrial village – America’s first paper mill, founded in 1690. Real estate & finance associate Dan Grabell chose to support Golden Slipper Camp. Golden Slipper Camp is a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1948. Since 1949, it has operated an overnight summer camp in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania, for children from families who cannot afford to send their children to private summer camps. Learn more: www.achievability.org www.savedme.org www.rittenhousetown.org www.goldenslippercamp.org
Week 36: Real estate & finance partner Lee Sussman chose to support the Philly Friendship Circle and its upcoming annual fall fundraiser, the Philly Friendship Walk on November 7, 2021. The Philly Friendship Circle is based on the foundation of "love your fellow as yourself.” The organization connects teens and young adults to youth with special needs and their families through a full range of social offerings. They provide inclusive social programs where children, teens and young adults, both with and without disabilities, can build friendships. Through fun and interactive experiences, these relationships bring a sense of joy and meaning to the Friendship Circle community and beyond. The Philly Friendship Walk will take place at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA. The event raises crucial funds to help provide program resources and activity packages for youth, hire facilitators specializing in inclusive programs, support the development of cutting-edge curriculums, and help to create and strengthen connections virtually, while in-person hangouts are still limited. Learn more at: www.phillyfriendship.com
Week 37: Family law partner David Steerman chose to support the Support Center for Child Advocates. Their mission is to advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. For more than four decades, they have served children who have experienced abuse or neglect by securing social services, finding alternative homes, and helping them testify in court. They work to ensure safety, health, education, family permanency and access to justice. Whenever possible, Child Advocates seeks to maintain children and families in their own homes. Learn more at: www.sccalaw.org
Week 38: Associates at the firm are showing their support for some of their favorite nonprofits! We chose to support Paws and Affection. The organization trains service, facility and companion dogs for young people who have a range of disabilities in the greater Philadelphia area and educates the public about service dogs and their role in the community. Learn more at: www.pawsandaffection.org. Real estate & finance associate Stephanie Boggs Magagna chose to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. RMHC supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. They provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals and social services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care. Learn more at: www.philarmh.org. Bankruptcy & restructuring associate Christopher Leavell chose to support the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center. VMC provides services, programs, opportunities and advancement to veterans of the U.S. military and their families. Their services include employment, housing and benefits assistance. Learn more at: www.vmcenter.org. We support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. MMRF drives discoveries for new treatments, accelerates groundbreaking clinical trials and fuels the most robust data-driven initiatives in cancer research. Learn more at: www.themmrf.org.
Week 39: Bankruptcy & restructuring partner Mike Yurkewicz chose to support Cathedral Kitchen. Cathedral Kitchen is the largest emergency food provider in Camden, New Jersey, serving more than 100,000 meals a year. They provide nutritious meals for food insecure residents of Camden and the surrounding areas. They also provide meals for local after school programs, groceries for low-income senior centers, and send donated food to local pantries, churches and soup kitchens that also serve the local population. In addition, the organization also provides a Culinary Arts Training Program and Baking Arts Training Program to provide culinary training to those who wish to enroll. Both programs include classroom instruction in culinary/baking arts, plus ServSafe certification training, like skills, financial literacy and interviewing skills training. Graduates are assisted with job placement and over 86 percent of graduates find employment during the first three months following graduation. Other services the organization provides include referrals to other agencies for needed help, free groceries from their weekly Marketstand, free personal care items and on-site general health care screenings in partnership with Project H.O.P.E. Learn more at: www.cathedralkitchen.org.
Week 40 - Giving Tuesday - Pennsylvania Innocence Project – Paul Nofer: The Pennsylvania Innocence Project works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted. Learn more at: www.painnocence.org; Mitzvah Circle Foundation – Mort Branzburg: Mitzvah Circle was created to fill the gaps, to provide items that are not covered by government assistance. Clothing, toothpaste, diapers, and deodorant are items that people need every single day, but not all can afford to buy. Learn more at: www.mitzvahcircle.org; Philadelphia Youth Orchestra – Carl Primavera: The PYO Music Institute uses extraordinary music education through the pursuit of music excellence to inspire a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and community for our diverse student population. Learn more at: www.pyomusic.org; Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia – Jonathan Krause: ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. Learn more at: www.philadelphia.adl.org; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Matthew Werthman: CHOP is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children and have become one of the largest pediatric research facilities in the United States. Learn more at: www.chop.edu; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Lee Moylan: The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. Learn more at: www.stjude.org; Legacy Youth Tennis and Education – Heather Levine: Legacy prepares youth for success through an inclusive community, using tennis, education and character programming. They provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment for more than 3500 kids a year. Learn more at: www.legacyyte.org; Academy of Vocal Arts – Teri Sherman: The mission of the Academy of Vocal Arts is to be the world’s premier institution for training young artists as international opera soloists. Through rigorous instruction and coaching, and by presentations of Resident Artists from around the world in concerts, oratorios, public programs and fully staged professional opera productions, AVA trains artists with the high potential for career success while enriching lives in Philadelphia and beyond. Learn more at: www.avaopera.org; Free Library of Philadelphia – Mary Ellen O’Laughlin: The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning. Learn more at: www.freelibrary.org; Villanova Law Scholarship – Nicole Haiem: The Villanova Law Scholarship Fund supports various scholarships for law students at the Villanova Charles Widger School of Law every year. Learn more at: Villanova Law Scholarship Fund.
Week 41: Real estate & finance partner Alex Hill chose to support CurePSP. CurePSP is the leading source of information and support for patients and their families, caregivers, researchers and healthcare professionals on prime of life neurodegeneration including progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple system atrophy (MSA) and related diseases. These diseases often strike when people have careers, family responsibilities and active lives. Their symptoms are incapacitating and there are no known causes, treatments or cures. A key part of CurePSP’s mission of care, consciousness and cure is to provide relevant, up-to-date resources and information on prime of life brain diseases to educate about these diseases and their causes, symptoms, trajectory, treatments, management, etc. CurePSP has supported more than 190 research studies since its founding in 1990 primarily in progressive PSP, CBD and MSA. Learn more at www.psp.org.
Week 42: Zoning & land use Co-Chair Herc Grigos chose to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. RMHC supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. They provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals and social services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care. In Philadelphia, there are two Ronald McDonald House programs provide these essential services and three Ronald McDonald Family Room programs that extend the support of the Houses into the hospital setting and offer a quiet respite space for families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Learn more at: www.philarmh.org.
Week 43: Litigation partner Michael Iaconelli chose to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For years, St. Jude has been on the cutting edge with leading the global medical community in understanding, treating, and defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Based almost entirely on the financial support it receives from individual and private donors, St. Jude has helped drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer from 20% to 80%, with more and more advancements in defeating this illness being discovered by their team of scientists every day. At St. Jude, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay for the care they require. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food because St. Jude believes that families with children in need of medical care should never have to worry about paying for these expenses. Learn more at: www.stjude.org.
Week 44: CFO Tom Ecker chose to support Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. Magee Rehabilitation is a member of Jefferson Health and is ranked among the best rehabilitation hospitals in the region and nation. The mission of Magee Rehabilitation is to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities by providing high-quality physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. The not-for-profit hospital and outpatient network provides nationally-recognized lifetime rehabilitation and wellness programs for individuals with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple trauma, amputation, pain management and work injury. Since 1978, Magee has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to form The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley, one of only 14 federally designated model systems of care in the country. Learn more at: www.mageerehab.jeffersonhealth.org.