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38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k Run/Walk

Change the story for abused and neglected children. Join us for the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and race to help abused children find more stable lives.

Register by Tuesday, February 28th for $5 off the registration fee!

The Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk attracts more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages each year, and is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia! The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates. People of all ages will enjoy fun, family-friendly activities including the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids Dash, the Caesar Rivise Team Competition, Face Painting, Balloon Animals and more!

Click HERE to register for the 38th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk.

Law Firms and Corporations interested in participating in the Caesar Rivise Team Competition can download forms below. 

Questions? Contact Cate Galbally at 267-546-9216 or cgalbally@SCCALaw.org. THANK YOU!

THANK YOU SPONSORS!!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Caesar Rivise, P.C.
Firstrust Bank
Friends of Stephen J. Anderer

Legal Sponsors
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Weiss
Baker & Hostetler, LLP
Clark Hill PLC
Cozen O’Connor
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fox Rothschild, LLP
Pepper Hamilton
Philadelphia Bar Association
Stevens & Lee

Corporate Sponsors
Robson Forensic
Veritext Legal Solutions

2016 Holiday Toy Drive


Holiday Toy Drive Information:

For many of the kids we serve, the holidays are difficult. Some children may be separated from their parents, others from their siblings. At least 90% come from families living below the federal poverty level. All have experienced significant trauma that taints the warm holiday season.

We invite you to make the holidays brighter for these boys and girls.

Join our Holiday Toy Drive! We offer many ways to participate. Please read each volunteer opportunity carefully, as some changes have been made this year.

Coordinate a Child Advocates Toy Drive at work, among friends and family, at your child’s school, or at your church, synagogue or mosque. We will send you the names and ages of children – you tell us how many – on adhesive labels that can be distributed to your donors. We suggest a minimum of 10 children. When you’re done, deliver the toys to us or we’ll pick them up.

Buy gifts for our children (Birth to 21). We especially need gifts for teenagers. Gift cards are an easy way to give to this age group and our teens love them! Ideas: American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Five Below, Foot Locker, Old Navy, Target,Urban Outfitters, movie theaters, restaurants, etc. Click HERE for gift ideas for all ages.

Amazon Wish List. (now closed) 

Volunteer at our Toy Drive headquarters (One Logan Square, 12th Floor) to help sort and bag toys during the weeks preceding Delivery Day.

Help deliver toys on December 17th – Delivery Day. To protect the safety and well-being of the children we serve, we are requiring all Toy Drive Drivers to complete a background check. If you have completed a background check in the past year, please send a copy of your clearance to Allison Goetz or fax to 267-546-9201, attention Toy Drive Clearance. Child Advocates volunteer attorneys and 2015 Toy Drive Drivers do not have to undergo another background check but will need to contact Allison Goetz to register. To complete a background check please click HERE.

Sponsor a needy family or teen on a larger scale. Many of our clients’ families are impoverished with large sibling groups or special needs children, and may require more than toys.

Sorters, Donors and Toy Drive Coordinators, click HERE to fill out our volunteer interest form. 

**Things to remember: The deadline to deliver toys to our Toy Drive headquarters is Wednesday, December 14th, 2016. Please do not wrap gifts, give candy, or weapon-themed toys.

If you have any questions, please contact agoetz@sccalaw.org or 267-546-9216.

37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5k Run/Walk

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Memorial Hall for the 36th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk!

This year’s event attracted more nearly 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages. The Bar Run/Walk is one of the oldest and most respected events of its kind in the City of Philadelphia! The Run/Walk format provides the opportunity for athletes of all levels to participate in this charity event organized by the Philadelphia Bar Association to spotlight its concern for the children of Philadelphia and to benefit the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Click HERE for race results.

We hope to see you next year for the 37th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk. Check back in the fall for more information!

Pictures from the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk!

Thank you sponsors!!

Presenting Sponsors
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.
Firstrust Bank

Legal Sponsor
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Schwartz
BakerHostetler
Clark Hill
Cozen O’Connor
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Fox Rothschild LLP
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Stevens & Lee/Griffin

Corporate Sponsors
Philadelphia Runner
The Legal Intelligencer
USI Affinity
Veritext
WAWA

Legal Supporters
Offit Kurman
Raynes McCarty
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy P.C.

2016 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Support Center for Child Advocates celebrated 39 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction.

This year, we proudly recognize philanthropists and community leaders Penny and Robert Fox with the 2016 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for their commitment to Philadelphia’s youth and years of engagement with Child Advocates. Through the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program at Penn, Gesu School and other institutions of learning, Penny and Bob have provided access to education for hundreds of eager minds and taught thousands of students the importance of community service and civic engagement. In addition, their focus on betterment of area institutes of health research has ensured that future generations may be healed and thrive.

The evening will also celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our friends who devote countless hours to improving the lives of traumatized children. The 2016 Distinguished Advocates for Children are: Joseph A. Arnold, Gordon & Rees LLP; Marguerite C. Gualtieri, Support Center for Child Advocates; Beth Hanssens; Katherine M. Katchen, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Angel R. KuchtaAmtrak; Christopher M. Mikson MD, Mayer Brown LLP; Jill PorterSarah Richards Humble, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Mark W. Tanner, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP, who will receive the Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 8:00 pm (4:30 pm, Distinguished Advocates Presentation)
Location: Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, 100 East Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107

CLICK HERE to view sponsorship opportunities & purchase tickets.

Check out the highlights video from the 2015 event!

 

9th Annual Child Advocates Classic

9th Annual Child Advocates Classic

Thank you to everyone who came out to golf and play tennis and helped Child Advocates raise over $100,000 for our Project for Medically Needy Children. The day was a HUGE success and everyone enjoyed themselves on the courts and on the greens.

2014 9th Annual Child Advocates Classic Pictures!

2014 Child Advocates Golf Champions!
Toomey/Flynn – Score of 61
Steven McGehrin
John Easton
John Turner
James Hennessey

Flynn/Centennial – Score of 61
Rand Siegel
Bryan McGrath
Jeff Steigerwalt
Peter Keller

Centennial/Toomey – Score of 61
Brian Sisko
Howard Davis
John MacKenzie
Glenn Blumenfeld

Closest to the Pin
Jewells Lucan 22’4″ – Toomey #5
David Ohman 10’5″ – Flynn #4
Peter Keller 1’9″ – Centennial #6

Straightest Drive
Tom Waller – Toomey #9
John McAleese – Flynn #1
John Spurlock – Centennial #9

2014 Child Advocates Tennis Champions!

1st Place

Ruxandra Dumitrescu
Aaron Osgood

2nd Place
Adam Hammond
Hank Oberly

Thank you sponsors!!

Silver
Reliable

Corporate
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
AmeriHealth Caritas
Console Law Offices, LLC
Cummins Power Systems, Inc.
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP
Fesnak, LLP
Firstrust Bank
First Niagara Bank
Amy A. Fox and Daniel H. Wheeler
Fox Rothschild, LLP
The Haverford Trust Company
Heritage Senior Living LLC
Liberty Property Trust
Marcum LLP
McCarter & English, LLP
MillCrest Law LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Rawle & Henderson LLP
Republic Bank
Swartz Campbell, LLC
Tactix Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Westrum Development Company
Workplace Environments

On the Course
Joseph Arnold, Megan Bailey, Jacob Cohn, Ann Thornton Field, Sara Anderson Frey,C. Tyler Havey, Andrew Lucking, Joshua Romirowsky, William Shelley and Catherine Slavin
Jeffrey Bagley
Bederson LLP
De Lage Landen
Joe DeSimone
Falcon Capital Partners LLC
Nicole Friant and David Stewart
Mark Gittelman
Gordon & Rees LLP
Bill McNichol
Dolores M. Miller
Jane and Bill Robinson
Jim Robinson
Suzanne Root

Media
The Legal Intelligencer

Contact
Cate Galbally
cgalbally@advokid.org
267-546-9216

Support Center for Child Advocates Honors Philanthropist Mark Solomon With The 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award

The 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award

January 8, 2013, Philadelphia, PA — On April 10, 2013, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 36 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization serving abused and neglected children at their Annual Benefit Reception & Auction held at the famed Crystal Tea Room (Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia).

The event will consist of a cocktail reception, silent and live auction and an inspiring Awards Ceremony honoring Mark Solomon with the 2013 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award for his dedication to providing high quality education for children in the foster care system and his unwavering support of youth at risk. From his deep involvement with the Gesu School, Girard College, Arise Academy Charter School, ESF Dream Camp Foundation and Save A Mind Foundation in the Philadelphia region to Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, Mark has ensured that thousands of children throughout the world have a chance to get ahead.

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Child Advocates Say Abuse Measure Would Make Matters ‘Worse’

Several pieces of legislation aimed at improving the safety of Pennsylvania children cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives earlier this month and await action in the state Senate.

But one of the bills moving to the upper house has drawn ire from child advocates, who say it fails to adequately take into account the recommendations of a task force aimed at abuse prevention and would make matters “worse.”

The legislation stems from the recommendations of the state Task Force on Child Protection and includes measures such as HB 404, which would make it a felony to violently intimidate or retaliate against a witness or victim of child abuse, HB 316, aimed at funding child advocacy centers, and HB 19, which would provide education to school children on child exploitation.

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Pennsylvania kids need more protection from abuse

Pennsylvania is nationally recognized as a leader in early childhood care and education, yet we lack a statewide child abuse prevention strategy. Scores of infants and toddlers are dying or nearly dying from child abuse, but the issue has gone unaddressed by state policymakers.

Between 2008 and 2011, Pennsylvania recorded 147 children as having died from injuries substantiated as child abuse. An additional 177 sustained injuries certified by physicians as child abuse near-fatalities.

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Lack of statewide strategy hampers child protection

Pennsylvania is nationally recognized as a leader for its early childhood care and education agenda, yet we lack a statewide child abuse prevention strategy. Scores of infants and toddlers are dying or nearly dying from child abuse and the issue has gone unaddressed by state policy makers.

Between 2008 and 2011, Pennsylvania officially recorded that 147 children died from injuries substantiated as child abuse. An additional 177 children sustained injuries certified by physicians as a child abuse near-fatality.

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The weight of child abuse: Should a killer’s horrific childhood matter in deciding his fate?

Throughout his childhood, Terry Williams, now 46, suffered unspeakable physical and sexual abuse. In 1984, soon after turning 18, Williams killed Amos Norwood, a 56-year-old Philadelphia man who had been sexually abusing him for five years and had raped him the night before the murder.

Following Williams’ conviction, as it considered his sentence, the jury heard of another murder Williams had committed. The jury sentenced him to death. Yet neither the lawyers who represented Williams nor the jury knew that both men whom Williams killed had been abusing him. Terry Williams had not said a word. Now he faces execution in Pennsylvania on Oct. 3 and all of that history is being revisited.

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