On a wet November night, we were delighted to be joined by nearly 200 friends, supporters and volunteers to celebrate another fantastic year.
This years’ event was held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a Silent Auction and a very well received Live Auction. Our thanks go to Joshua from the Katz Foundation Family Trust for his exceptional auctioneering abilities!
LCD is on target to have helped around 2000 clients in 2015 and our annual fundraiser is always a great opportunity to recognize those that help and support both LCD and the disability community within Philadelphia and beyond.
This year our Special Recognition Award went to Murray Grossman, MD, EdD. This is our highest award and is presented to a person who has shown outstanding commitment to the disability community and to LCD.
Murray is Professor of Neurology and Director at the Penn FTD Center. He is also the Chair of the Katie Sampson Foundation which one of the ways in which his work came to the attention of LCD. His stewardship of the Foundation and the Foundation’s continued support of LCD’s programs has been instrumental to LCD’s continued growth. LCD also wanted to recognize and honor the tremendous impact he has had on the disability community through his research, writing and the care of patients with Frontotemporal Degeneration Disorders.
At the event Linda Peyton, Executive Director of LCD said; “his career speaks to an understanding of the importance of community, not just within his own field of research, but also to grassroots efforts to support a better quality of life for people with spinal cord injury.”
Our White Hat Awards recognize an organization and an individual that have done outstanding volunteer work for LCD and its clients. Schoenfeld Surkin Chupein & DeMis were presented with the organization award for the countless hours fielding emails and telephone calls from our attorneys practicing in Delaware County and even sharing their office’s resources for getting time-sensitive documents to and from the courthouse in Media.
Notably, an associate, Steven Koense once walked LCD filings over to the courthouse personally, to ensure that they were filed timely, and provided comprehensive guidance to an LCD staff attorney navigating a complex custody case over a year and a half of litigation, ultimately resulting in a fantastic result for the client, who is deaf and very limited in his understanding of the legal system.
Our individual White Hat Award winner was James A. Rocco, III, Esquire. James is an accomplished family law practitioner who has consistently been willing to take time from his busy private practice to mentor LCD attorneys. He has provided guidance on court filings, answered questions on substantive family law issues, discussed case strategy and even offered to meet LCD staff in court. It is through the support of individuals like James that LCD is able to carry out its mission of providing high-quality legal services to low-income people with disabilities.
The dedication of all our award winners truly makes a difference in the lives of those we serve!