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30th Anniversary & 2014 Winter Awards Benefit Wrap Up

05/22/2014

 

 

CDEL’S 30th ANNIVERSARY & WINTER AWARDS BENEFIT REACHES NEW HEIGHTS


Anthony O'Neill and Theresa Jaffe

Under the direction of CDEL Board Member and Winter Benefit Chair Theresa Jaffe, the Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) shattered fundraising records in its 2014 Winter Awards Benefit and 30th Anniversary Celebration by raising over $165,000 from the one-night event, a 40% increase over last year’s results. The evening celebrated CDEL’s three decades of service to low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout Chicago as well as recognized the winners of CDEL’s prestigious Annual Awards.

CDEL Board President Tony O’Neill from Williams Montgomery & John congratulates fellow Board Member and 30th Anniversary & Winter Awards Benefit Chair Theresa Jaffe, Theresa Jaffe Consulting, on the outstanding success of the Event.

 

Brett Hart and Michael Morkin

The Corporate Partner Award was presented to United Airlines, in honor of its commitment to seniors in Cook County exemplified by United’s participation in CDEL’s Senior Center Initiatives and by its recruitment of other corporation counsels to participate.  Brett Hart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at United (left) receives the Award from Michael Morkin of Baker & McKenzie, last year’s Corporate Partner Award recipient and Honorary Co-Chair of the event.

 

Hon. Timothy Evans, Thomas Demetrio and Hon. Patricia Banks

Cook Co. Circuit Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Cook Co. Circuit Judge Patricia Banks, who presides over the Elder Law & Misc. Remedies Division, were honored with the Impact Award for their commitment to seniors in Cook County, exemplified by the opening of the Cook County Elder Justice Center in 2013, designed to help elderly navigate the Cook County Court system and one of the first of its kind in the country.  The Award was presented by long-time CDEL Board member and supporter Thomas A. Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio.

 

J. Timothy Eaton and Judith Davis

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Judith T. Davis, an attorney at the Chicago law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, whose commitment to seniors is exemplified by her enthusiastic work at CDEL’s Senior Legal Assistance Clinic at the Argento Center in Calumet City and by her work at the Cook County Guardianship Help Desk.  Honorary Co-Chair Tim Eaton, Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister and President of The Chicago Bar Association, presented the Award.

 

Robert Michalak and Patricia Sheahan

The Founders Award was presented to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Dr. Henry Betts by Robert Michalak of Schuyler, Roche & Crisham.   Bob has served on the CDEL Board since its inception and is a past recipient of the Founders Award.  RIC Associate General Counsel Patti Sheahan accepted on behalf of Dr. Betts.  Dr. Betts was instrumental in the founding of CDEL, served on the Board for many years and through his leadership, the Rehabilitation Institute donated office space and administrative services to CDEL for nearly two decades.

 

Winter Benefit Committee

Planning for the celebration began last summer under Ms. Jaffe’s direction. CDEL’s extraordinary 30th Anniversary & Winter Awards Benefit Committee included (l to r):  Helen Lucaitis, PR Chair, Corboy & Demetrio;  Robert Michalak, Awards Chair, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham; Erin Maus, History Project Chair; Sue Ullmann, Communications, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham; Theresa Jaffe, Committee Chair, Theresa Jaffe Consulting; Shayda Safapour, Communications, Cassiday Schade; Susan Silverman, Volunteer Recruitment Chair, RxSume; Mallory Jandrists, Administrative Assistant at CDEL; and Tony O’Neill, CDEL Board President, Williams Montgomery & John.  Not pictured are:  Cliff Gately, Communications Chair, Heyl Royster; Kim Hartley, Raffle Chair, Navigant; and Stacy Campbell Viamontes, Young Professionals Board President, Hinshaw & Culbertson.

 

Baker & McKenzie Hall  

Attendance soared at the Benefit, which drew more than 425 attorneys, judges and other friends of CDEL, to the law offices of Baker & McKenzie, who generously served as Platinum Sponsor for the event.  Representatives from every facet of Chicago’s legal and business communities, members of the judiciary and elected officials gathered to celebrate CDEL’s achievements.

 

Darin Osmond and Barbara Thomas

Walgreens Co. joined CDEL this year as a Silver Sponsor.  Corporate Counsel Darin Osmond of Walgreens and Barbara Thomas of United Airlines enjoy the scrumptious appetizers. Baker & McKenzie provided a delicious dinner buffet and beverages along with spectacular views of the City from their magnificent 50th floor. 

 

The Scales of Justice

CDEL guests listened to the smooth jazz of The Scales of Justice, a volunteer ensemble of the Chicago Bar Association’s Barrister’s Big Band. (l to r) Vocalist George Wells, retired from Arthur Andersen; Bass Douglas Graham, Law Office of Douglas Graham; Keyboard Stephen Thomas, retired from Sidley & Austin; Guitar,  Raymond Prosser, Attorney at Law. 

 

Susan Keegan and Addison Braendel

CDEL Executive Director Susan Keegan and Addison Braendel, Baker & McKenzie Partner, CDEL Board Member and Past President. Baker & McKenzie was a Platinum Sponsor of the Event.

 

Padraig McCoid, Molly Fleck and Brian Hurst

Padraig McCoid of Norkus McCoid, Molly Fleck and Brian Hurst, of Hurst, Robin and Kay, LLC, a Bronze Sponsor of the Event.

 

Katherine Pulte, Jessica Guiang, Ron Sukamato, Rob Wentland and Bob Glaves

Katherine Pulte, Jessica Guiang, Ron Sukamato and Rob Wentland of Navigant Consulting join Bob Glaves, Executive Director of the Chicago Bar Foundation. Navigant and CBF are longtime supporters of CDEL. Katie Pulte serves on CDEL’s Young Professional’s Board.

 

Hon. Patricia Banks, Theresa Jaffe, Hon. Tim Evans and Cynthia Evans

Judge Patricia Banks, Theresa Jaffe, Judge Tim Evans and his daughter Cynthia Evans.

 

Valuation Research Corporation with Theresa Jaffe

CDEL welcomed Valuation Research Corporation as a Bronze Sponsor this year.  From left to right, John Bintz Managing Director, William Hughes Co-CEO, Senior Managing Director & Senior Executive Vice President, Theresa Jaffe, Douglas Peterson, Senior Vice President, and Jason Storbeck, Vice President.

 

United Airlines

Members of the United Airlines Legal Team celebrate CDEL’s success.  United Airlines was a Gold Sponsor of the event.  (l to r) Steve Fus, Cindy Goodwin, David Olaussen, Audrey Richardson, Margie Reins, Todd Patterson, Brett Hart, Mike Henning, and Barbara Thomas.

 

Rich Ness, Theresa Jaffe and Clay Houser

For the third year in a row, DTI donated the printing and signage for the Winter Awards Benefit. CDEL’s comprehensive program book included a detailed history of CDEL from its founding in 1984 by the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section to its current day operations.  Rich Ness, Founding Partner of DTI and Clay Houser, Production Manager, join Event Chair Theresa Jaffe.

 

Erin Maus, Theresa Jaffe, J. Timothy Eaton and Mark Hellner

Erin Maus, Partner at Baker & McKenzie, CDEL Past President and Chair of CDEL’s History Project with Theresa Jaffe, Tim Eaton, Honorary Co-Chair, Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister and President of the Chicago Bar Association and Mark Hellner, Director of CDEL’s Senior Tax Opportunity Program (STOP).

 

Thomas Durham, Padraig McCoid, Ernestine Durham, Ted Sollinger and Scott Van Der Weele

Thomas Durham,  Padraig McCoid of Norkus McCoid, Ernestine Durham, Cook County Elder Justice Center Court Coordinator, Ted Sollinger, Business Sense Consulting, Scott Van Der Weele, President of Business Sense Consulting.

 

Ryan Miccio and Gus Zografopoulos

Guests Ryan Miccio and Gus Zografopoulos of United Airlines.

 

Dina Merrell and William Conlon

Dina Merrill, Chicago Bar Foundation and William Conlon, Partner at Sidley Austin and President of the Chicago Bar Foundation.

 

Lucy Park, Kristin Smith, John Shriner, Daniel Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis

Lucy Park, Partner at Perkins Coie and CDEL Board Member with her colleagues Kristin Smith and John Shriner, along with Daniel Lewis of McCormick Friman and Elizabeth Lewis, Partner at McDermott Will and Emery LLP, Gold Sponsor of the Event.

 

Mary Geroulis O'Neill, Dr. Anthony Geroulis, Anthony O'Neill and Barbara Geroulis

Raffle Prize donor Dr. Anthony Geroulis with Mary Geroulis O’Neill, CDEL President Anthony O’Neill and Barbara Geroulis. 

 

Peter Mierzwa, Bob Glaves and Thomas Demetrio

In honor of CDEL’s 30th Anniversary, the Law Bulletin Publishing Company donated advertising in The Chicago Lawyer and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin to promote the Event. Peter Mierzwa, Group Vice President, Law Bulletin Publishing Company with Bob Glaves, Executive Director of Chicago Bar Foundation and Thomas Demetrio.

 

Eleni Passias, Michelle Glunz, Annette Seaberg and Sharon Count

Eleni Passias and Michelle Glunz of Wells Fargo and Annette Seaberg and Sharon Count of Merrill Lynch.

 

Lucy Park, Terri Ahrens and Susan Keegan

Lucy Park, CDEL Board Member and Partner at Perkins Coie, Bronze Sponsor and Terri Aherns, CDEL Vice President and Attorney at Drinker, Biddle and Reath, Silver Sponsor and Susan Keegan, CDEL Executive Director.

 

Hon. Timothy Evans, Hon. Daniel Pierce, Alderman Edward M. Burke, Thomas Demetrio and Steve Elrod

Judge Tim Evans, Circuit Court of Cook County; Judge Daniel Pierce, Illinois Appellate Court; Alderman Edward M. Burke, Chairman, Chicago City Council Committee of Finance; Tom Demetrio, Corboy & Demetrio and Steve Elrod, Holland & Knight.  

Thomas Demetrio, Dr. Anthony Geroulis, Anthony O'Neill and Hon. Aurelia Pucinski

Thomas Demetrio, Dr. Anthony Geroulis, Anthony O’Neill and Judge Aurelia Pucinski, Illinois Appellate Court. Judge Pucinski is a past Impact Award winner.

 

Matthew Jenkins, Colin M. Finn and Mary Dempsey

Matthew T. Jenkins, Corboy & Demetrio attorney and CDEL Immediate Past President, Colin M. Finn, Managing Partner of Structured Financial Associates, Inc., and  Mary Dempsey, President of The Philip H. Corboy Foundation, a Gold Sponsor of the Event.

 

George Viamontes and Stacy Campbell-Viamontes

CDEL Young Professional’s Board President, Stacy Campbell Viamontes, attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson and her husband, George Viamontes.

 

Dana Zak and Sarah Chow

Dana Zak and Sarah Chow of Crain’s Chicago Business. For the third year in a row, Crain’s generously donated advertising space to help promote the Event.  

 

Joseph Russo, Mark Hellner and Paul Zurlo

Deputy Commissioner Joseph Russo, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, City of Chicago, Mark Hellner, Senior Tax Opportunity Program Director, CDEL and Paul Zurlo, Adams LaSalle Realty.

 

Anthony O'Neill, Paula Hudson Holderman, Hon. Deborah Walker and Hon. James F. Holderman

Anthony O’Neill, Paula Hudson Holderman, Partner at Winston & Strawn and President of the Illinois State Bar Association; Judge Deborah Walker, Circuit Court of Cook County and  President of the Illinois State Bar Foundation and Judge James F. Holderman, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

 

Bridget Kennedy, Thomas Koessl and David Applegate, with Hon. Deborah Walker

Bridget Kennedy,  Thomas Koessl and David Applegate, Partners at Williams Montgomery & John, Bronze Sponsor of the Event with Judge Deborah Walker. 

 

Katia Piza, Caroline Manley and Mary Ann Manley

Caroline Manley, Equal Justice Works Fellow and CDEL Staff Attorney, celebrates with her mother, Mary Ann Manley, and Katia Piza, CDEL Volunteer.

 

Thomas Wendt

Thomas Wendt, CDEL Legal Director, purchases a raffle ticket from one of CDEL’s many student volunteers.

 

Michael Morkin and Brett Hart

Michael Morkin, Managing Partner of the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie and Brett Hart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at United Airlines, Inc.  United Airlines was a Gold Sponsor of the Event.

 

Theresa Jaffe

Theresa Jaffe of Theresa Jaffe Consulting, 30th Anniversary and Winter Awards Benefit Chairperson welcomes and thanks the record-breaking crowd and begins the Awards Program.

 

J. Timothy Eaton

Honorary Co-Chair Tim Eaton, President of the CBA and Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister presents the Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

Judith Davis

Judy Davis, attorney at McDermott Will & Emery LLP accepts the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.

 

Michael Morkin

Honorary Co-Chair Mike Morkin, Baker & McKenzie Managing Partner speaks about United Airlines’ tremendous commitment to CDEL.

 

Brett Hart

Brett Hart accepts the Corporate Partner of the Year Award on behalf of United Airlines, Inc.

 

Hon. Timothy Evans

Judge Timothy Evans accepts the Impact Award for his commitment to seniors in Cook County.

 

Hon. Patricia Banks

Judge Patricia Banks accepts the Impact Award for her commitment to seniors in Cook County.

 

Patricia Sheahan

Patti Sheahan, Associate General Counsel of The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, accepts the Founders Award on behalf of RIC and Dr. Henry Betts.

 

Award Winners

In back row, CDEL Board President, Anthony J. O’Neill of Williams Montgomery & John Ltd.  In front row from left to right, Brett Hart, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of United Airlines, accepted The Corporate Partner Award; Judith T. Davis, attorney at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, was presented the Volunteer of the Year Award; Patricia Sheehan, Associate General Counsel of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, accepted The Founders Award on behalf of RIC and Dr. Henry Betts; Cook Co. Circuit Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Cook Co. Circuit Judge Patricia Banks, who presides over the Elder Law & Misc. Remedies Division, were presented the Impact Award; Theresa Jaffe of Theresa Jaffe Consulting, 30th Anniversary & Winter Awards Benefit Chair and CDEL Board Member.

 

Theresa Jaffe, Erica Jaffe and Kent Jaffe

Erica and Kent Jaffe congratulate Winter Awards Benefit Chair Theresa Jaffe on her third consecutive successful fundraising event for CDEL.

 

Platinum Sponsors

 

Gold Sponsors

 

Silver Sponsors

 

Bronze Sponsors

 

 

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