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2016 Winter Awards Benefit Wrap Up & Video






The 2016 “Light Up the Loop” Winter Awards Benefit was a smashing success!  The evening celebrated CDEL’s dedicated volunteer base, honored the prestigious 2016 Award Winners and raised over $115,000 to benefit CDEL’s programs and mission of providing much needed legal assistance to the low income elderly and disabled population of Chicago and suburban Cook County.


CDEL Board President Anthony J. O’Neill, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd., and 2016 Winter Awards Benefit Chair and Board Member Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting, welcomed guests to the evening.


CDEL volunteers work diligently to check in the nearly 400 guests who attended the event.


Guests enjoyed the beautiful event space on the 50th floor of Baker & McKenzie LLP’s Chicago office. Baker & McKenzie has hosted “Light Up the Loop” since its inception five years ago. CDEL is very proud of its partnership with the prestigious global law firm.


The “Light Up the Loop” Winter Awards Benefit has become a winter networking destination for working professionals in the legal, business and judicial communities.


Guests sample the delicious hors d’oeuvres as they mixed and mingled and enjoyed the spectacular view from the 50th floor. 


The Scales of Justice provided beautiful music for guests to enjoy during the party. From left: George Wells, vocals, Arthur Andersen & Co. (Ret.); Stephen Thomas, piano, Sidley & Austin LLP (Ret.); Douglas Graham, bass, The Law Office of Douglas Graham; and Raymond J. Prosser, guitar, Attorney at Law.


Before the Awards presentations, guests mixed and mingled with old friends and made new ones. From left: Michael Morkin, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Theresa Jaffe; and Jack Rives, Executive Director of the American Bar Association.


Former joint winners of the CDEL Impact Award Justice Aurelia Pucinski, Illinois Appellate Court, and Anthony J. O’Neill enjoy a reunion.


CDEL Legal Director Thomas Wendt (left) and CDEL Executive Director Mark Hellner chat with 2016 Impact Award Recipient Congressman Mike Quigley. Working with the Congressman’s office, CDEL has organized seven SCI outreaches and five workshops, assisting over 100 seniors with their advanced directives since 2011.


Bob Glaves, Executive Director of the Chicago Bar Foundation, converses with the Honorable Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke. CDEL is a longtime grant recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation.


Timothy Eaton of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Past Honorary Co-Chair of “Light Up the Loop,” enjoys a moment with William Gibbs of Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.. CDEL has had a long, fruitful partnership with Bronze Sponsor Corboy & Demetrio and appreciates the support of new Bronze Sponsor Taft Stettinius & Hollister this year.


AT&T Corporate Partner of the Year Awardees enjoy the evening. From left: Peggy Nelson, Phil Abrahams and Mary Kay Fenlon.


From left: Former CDEL Impact Award winner Judge Patricia Banks, Circuit Court of Cook County; Anita Ponder, Seyfarth Shaw; and Cecilia Mowatt, Strategies In Site.


Erin Maus, Baker & McKenzie LLP and Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th District of Illinois.


Cliff Gately, Heyl Royster; Erica Jaffe, Jones Day; Richard Ness, DTI; and Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting.


Mark Hellner, Center for Disability & Elder Law and Ann Walsh, Locke Lord LLP.


Pauline Levy, McDonald’s Corporation; Erin Kelly, Co-Chair of Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women; Darin Osmond, Walgreens; Alderman Edward M. Burke, 14th Ward of Chicago; and Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting.


Hon. Aurelia Pucinski, Illinois Appellate Court; Marilyn Elrod; David Lakin; and Steve Elrod, Holland & Knight.


Brian Brak, Dream Realty; Mark Hellner, Center for Disability & Elder Law; Cecilia Mowatt, Strategies In Site; and Bonita Stone, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.


Mary Geroulis O’Neill; Anthony J. O’Neill, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.; Pat Pulido Sanchez, Pulido Sanchez Communications, LLC; Manuel Sanchez, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP; Barbara Geroulis.


Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting; Terri Ahrens, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Claire Battle, ArcelorMittle; Catherine Smith, RR Donnelley; and Tom Wendt, Center for Disability & Elder Law.


From Perkins Coie LLP: John Schreiner, Gina Gray, CDEL Board Member Lucy Park and Mitch Meneau.


Richard Ness, DTI; Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting; Bill Hughes, Valuation Research Corporation; and Patti Hughes, Baker & McKenzie LLP. 


Anthony O’Neill greets the Honorable Patricia Brown Holmes, President of the Chicago Bar Association, before the Awards presentation begins.


A full house of guests gather in the Inns of Baker & McKenzie for the 2016 “Light Up the Loop” Awards presentation.


Former CDEL Board President Erin Maus, Baker & McKenzie LLP, welcomes everyone to the Awards presentation and greets the distinguished judges who attended the event.


Theresa Jaffe welcomes the crowd and thanks them for their support. Last year, CDEL served nearly 2600 clients and since our founding in 1984, CDEL has helped over 30,000 individuals. 


The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to attorney Rachel Spector, one of CDEL’s most dedicated, long-time volunteers. She accepts the award from the Honorable Patricia Brown Holmes, President of the Chicago Bar Association. Rachel has singlehandedly provided over 1800 volunteer hours in the 6 years that she has been volunteering for CDEL.


The CDEL Corporate Partner of the Year Award was given to AT&T in honor of their commitment to CDEL’s Senior Center Initiative and their sponsoring of the AT&T Pro Bono Fellowship Program, which provides a full-time Fellow to CDEL each semester.  Darrell Guy, US General Counsel, accepts the Award from Gloria Santona of McDonald’s Corporation, last year’s Corporate Partner of the Year and Honorary Co-Chair of the event.


The AT&T corporate law department team celebrates receiving the Corporate Partner of the Year Award.


The Distinguished Service Award was presented to the Pro Bono Network for its partnership with CDEL, specifically with regards to the Senior Legal Assistance Clinics.  Donna Peel and Libby Wood accept the award from CDEL Board Member Ann Walsh, Locke Lord LLP, last year’s recipient of the Volunteer Law Firm of the Year Award.


Volunteers and staff from the Pro Bono Network proudly display their Distinguished Service Award.


Congressman Mike Quigley received the CDEL Impact Award for being a strategic partner on many CDEL programs and initiatives. He accepts the award from Alderman Edward M. Burke, last year’s Awardee.


The Award winners and presenters take a collective bow. From left: Anthony O’Neill, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.; Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting; Erin Maus, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Rachel Spector, Center for Disability & Elder Law; Gloria Santona, McDonald’s Corporation; Libby Wood, Pro Bono Network; Ann Walsh, Locke Lord LLP; Karen Boyd, Pro Bono Network; and Jay Reidy, AT&T.


The party and the celebration continue. 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year Award winners, United Airlines, David Olaussen, Barbara Thompson and Steve Fus, join Theresa Jaffe.


Shell Reyes, Shell Reyes Designs and Appraisals Ltd.; Kent Jaffe, USPHS (Ret.); Rodica Robicek, Rodica Skin Care Products; and Jun Qui.


Brian McClure, TransPerfect Legal Solutions; Matt Jenkins, Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.; Erica Jaffe, Jones Day; Erin Maus, Baker & McKenzie LLP; and Tom Wendt, Center for Disability & Elder Law.


From Locke Lord LLP: Rebecca Dircks, Packey Conlon; CDEL Board Member Ann Walsh; Lauren Falk; and Joshua Fliegel.


Rachel Spector’s parents, Carol and David Spector, congratulate her on her Award.


Longtime friends of CDEL Alderman Edward Burke and Justice Anne Burke greeted a multitude of fellow CDEL supporters.


Hon. Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court; Marie Sarantakis, Law Office of Umberto S. Davi; and Umberto S. Davi; President of the Illinois State Bar Association.


Mita Lakhia, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Katie Miler Schilling, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Tom Ford, Sears Holding Company; Kevin Ahrens; and Elizabeth Lopez, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.


CDEL Board Members Frank Mascari and Russ Molter, Cornerstone Research, and Winter Awards Benefit Raffle Subcommittee Chair Kim Hartley, Charles River Associates, pose with Theresa Jaffe after the presentation of Awards.


Raffle ticket sales volunteers Ariana Jones, TrollPop; LeighAnn Jandrists, TrollPop; and Michelle Padilla, Justice Entrepreneurs Project are ready to sell chances to win some fabulous prizes.


CDEL Board Members Matt Jenkins, Corboy & Demetrio, P.C. and Terri Ahrens, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, draw the winners of the 2016 Grand Prize Raffle. Prizes included a fantastic 7 Day Vacation in Daytona Beach, Florida, donated by Corboy & Demetrio, and two round-trip flight vouchers to anywhere in the continental United States, donated by United Airlines, amongst other fabulous prizes.


Terri Ahrens, CDEL Vice President, congratulates raffle winner Tom Ford, who received a wonderful SKINMEDISPA treatment package from the North Shore Center for Facial, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, donated by Dr. Anthony Geroulis.


Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting; Cliff Gately, Heyl Royster; and Mallory Jandrists, Center for Disability & Elder Law.


Theo Economides and Victoria Rock take a quick selfie. Victoria Legal + Corporate Services graciously donated a professionally-made video documenting “Light Up the Loop.”


Theresa Jaffe toasts with Jennifer Pohl and Alyssa Stolter of Spot On Group who graciously hosted an After Party at their exclusive nightclub SHAY. SHAY also donated a magnificent champagne tasting to CDEL’s Grand Prize Raffle.


Winter Benefit Chair Theresa Jaffe celebrates with her daughter Erica Jaffe, Jones Day and her husband Kent Jaffe, USPHS (Ret.). Theresa chaired the Winter Awards Benefit for five years, and her contribution to CDEL’s success is extraordinary. During her tenure, over $650,000 has been raised through the Winter Awards Benefit event. CDEL thanks her for her generous support and kind assistance over the last five years.


The 2016 “Light Up the Loop” Winter Awards Benefit was an extraordinary success, thanks to the many supporters, sponsors and friends of CDEL.