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2014 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

2014 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction

On April 9, 2014, Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) celebrated 37 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social service advocacy organization at our Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. This one-of-a-kind cocktail reception, silent and live auction has become one of Philadelphia’s premier philanthropic events attended by over 1,000 legal, corporate and individual supporters.

Thank you sponsors!!

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Progressive Business Publications

Ballard Spahr LLP
Duane Morris LLP
Andrea and Ken Frazier
Penn Consulting Group – CPA’s
Pepper Hamilton LLP
The E. Rhoda Shaten Charitable Foundation

Blank Rome LLP
Cozen O’Connor
Dunleavy & Associates

AmeriHealth Caritas 
Rhonda and David Cohen
Console Law Offices, LLC
Leah and Edward Frankel
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gibbons, P.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Reilly, Janiczek & McDevitt, P.C.
Rose Glen Advisors, LLC
Suzanne Root
Saul Ewing LLP
SolomonEdwardsGroup, LLC
The Legal Intelligencer
Tucker Law Group

Aquipt, Inc
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
Andrea and Louis Broad
Dechert LLP
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Eureka Growth Capital
Amy A. Fox and Daniel H. Wheeler
Pam and Rod Gagne
Gordon & Rees LLP
Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller
The Honickman Foundation
Independence Blue Cross
Liberty Property Trust
Marcum LLP
Salli and Stephen Mickelberg
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Reed Smith
Alan Sandals and Alisa Field
Shechtman Marks Devor PC
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
White & Williams LLP

Abelson Legal Search
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Anapol Schwartz Weiss & Cohan
Archer & Greiner PC
Bederson LLP
Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Caddick Construction Co., Inc.
Caron Treatment Centers
Center City Film & Video
Conestoga Bank
Curley, Hessinger & Johnsrud LLP
The Dispute Resolution Institute
Kathy and Patrick Egan
Ellis Investment Partners
Enterprise CarShare
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig, LLP
Anne and Jim Galbally
The Gebhard Wealth Management Group Of Janney Montgomery Scott
Mark Gittelman
Norma and Bernard Gittelman
Jane and Allan Greenspan
The Haverford Trust Company
Heckscher, Teillon, Terrill & Sager, P.C. 
Annamarie and Stroud Hellebusch
The Jaffari Family
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates
Katherine Kelton and Troy Graham
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Maxwell Strawbridge Charitable Trust
McCarter & English, LLP
Judith Meyer, Esq.
Dolores M. Miller
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
Anne Morrissey and Rose Marie Greco
Kathy Ochroch and Peter Hilton-Kingdon
PNC Bank
Post & Schell, PC
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Jane and Bill Robinson
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Cassie Solomon & Benjamin Pierce
Paula and Mark Solomon
Steve Harvey Law LLC
Tactix Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Workplace Environments

Community Partner
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Cate Galbally


2014 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

2014 Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk

Join us on Sunday, May 18, 2014 for the 35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk! This event 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.





35th Annual Philadelphia Bar Foundation 5K Run/Walk!



Thank you sponsors!!

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

Legal Sponsor
Anapol Schwartz Weiss & Cohan
Baker Hostetler
Blank Rome LLP
Ciardi Ciardi & Astin
Clark Hill Thorpe Reed
Cozen O’Connor
DLA Piper
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Fox Rothschild LLP
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
Momjian Anderer LLC
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Offit Kurman
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Raynes McCarty
Sandals & Associates P.C.
Stevens & Lee/Griffin
Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer & Toddy P.C.

Corporate Sponsors
USI Affinity

Legal Supporters
Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney

Legal Supporter


Support Center for Child Advocates Dedicates Special Wish to a Needy Child

The Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates), the nation’s oldest and largest pro bono legal and social services agency serving abused and neglected children, One Simple Wish, and the Philadelphia Zoo announce today that they have partnered to grant a special wish to brighten the life of a deserving child and her family.

In an event to take place on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 3:00 p.m., a six-year old child client ofChild Advocates, a lover of animals, will receive her one simple wish, a tour of the zoo and a  year-long membership to the Zoo.

This will be the first of 35 wishes to be granted byChild Advocates over the next several months, in an effort to celebrate the 35th year of providing services to children who have been victims of child abuse and neglect.

“For 35 years we have been involved in the lives of our children at a time of trauma and stress,” says Frank Cervone, Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates and a nationally recognized child welfare and legal expert.  “It’s incredibly meaningful when we can bring a child some joy.  When asked what she might wish for, this 6-year old girl only asked for a trip to the Zoo. We’re grateful to One Simple Wish and the Philadelphia Zoo for creating a memory for a lifetime – a special tour and a family membership is more than she imagined.”

About The Support Center for Child Advocates: The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country, teaming volunteer lawyers with staff social workers to advocate for a permanent nurturing environment for every child. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 6,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $4.6 million annually.  Last year, Child Advocates served a record 873 children.

About One Simple  One Simple Wish is a NJ charity that grants simple wishes to foster children and families in need. The Wish Granting program each year grants more than 1,000 wishes to foster children and vulnerable families.

About the Philadelphia  The Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo, is home to more than 1300 animals, many rare and endangered.  In fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, it is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that are difficult to breed in captivity and protecting the natural habitats of the animals in its care.  It is dedicated to providing fun, educational and interactive programs for children, families and adults.


Moira Mulroney

Child Advocates Board President Joins Ballard Spahr

Distinguished Securities Attorney Katayun Jaffari Joins Ballard Spahr
PHILADELPHIA (February 22, 2012) – Katayun I. Jaffari, an attorney known for her work in securities, corporate governance, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions, has joined Ballard Spahr as a Business and Finance partner in Philadelphia, Chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Ms. Jaffari assists companies, primarily in the biotechnology, energy, and technology sectors, with securities transactions. She also provides compliance counseling and represents clients in initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and private offerings,including PIPE and Rule 144A transactions. Ms. Jaffari advises directors and officers on fiduciary obligations and financial reporting requirements, and she assists clients in compliance with federal laws such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. She also helps companies develop compliance programs.
“Kathy is a dynamo and will be a great asset to our corporate practice,” Mr. Stewart said. “She is well regarded in the legal and business communities for her skill, experience, and energy, and we are very happy to welcome her as a partner.”
Ms. Jaffari said: “I chose Ballard Spahr because of the tremendous team I’ll be joining. The work they are doing in corporate governance and securities is a perfect fit with mypractice. It is precisely the platform I was looking for to grow my practice.”
Honored for her pro bono work by Pennsylvania’s First Judicial District, Ms. Jaffari has also taken active and leadership roles in numerous community organizations. She currently serves as President of the Support Center for Child Advocates; as Chair of the Small Business Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Business Law Section; and as a member of the boards of InterAct Theatre Company, Yoga Unites, and the Scleroderma Foundation’s Delaware Valley Chapter.
Ballard Spahr’s Securities practice group is home to more than 60 attorneys nationwide. It assists with public company reporting and disclosure obligations, handles public offerings and private placements, represents clients in enforcement and regulatory actions, and defends companies and their officers in state and federal court and in arbitration. In addition, the team has substantial experience handling internal investigations.
About Ballard Spahr
Ballard Spahr LLP, a national law firm with more than 525 lawyers in 13 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property, and public finance. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, life sciences and technology companies, health systems, investors and developers, government agencies and sponsored enterprises, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The firm combines a national scope of practice with strong regional market knowledge. For more information, please visit

Moira Mulroney

Support Center for Child Advocates Celebrates 35 Years of Advocacy

On April 18, 2012, the Support Center for Child Advocates (Child Advocates) will celebrate 35 years of leading the nation with a trailblazing model of pro bono legal and social services for 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, one of Philadelphia’s premier charity galas with an expected attendance of over 1000 legal, corporate and individual supporters, will consist of a Cocktail Reception, Silent and Live Auctions and an inspiring Awards Ceremony honoring Marciene S. Mattleman, President of ASAP/After School Activities Partnership and Education Reporter for KYW News, with the 2012 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award.

“With recent cases of child abuse currently flooding the headlines, there is now a renewed focus on the care and well-being of children which is our specialty.  The Annual Benefit Reception & Auction is an exciting evening where we honor an exemplary class of community leaders and friends of children as Distinguished Advocates.   We also raise critical funds that allow us to advocate for laws that protect the rights of children and work to attain our mission of securing a permanent and nurturing environment for every child,” says Frank P. CervoneChild Advocates Executive Director and a nationally recognized child welfare legal expert.

In addition to honoring Marciene S. Mattelman for her leadership and vision in providing young people with access to quality education and healthy mentoring relationships, Child Advocates will celebrate the extraordinary efforts of the following individuals/couples who are changing the story for children recognizing them with the Distinguished Advocates award: Leonard A. Bernstein (Reed Smith LLP), Sharon & William Fogle (Adoptive Parents),Karen G. Lessin, Anne M. Manero (Kent & McBride PC), Raymond L. McCullough (Pennsylvania Convention Center), Peter J. McNamara (Law Offices of Peter J. McNamara), John J. Pavain (MaxQ Technologies), Adrienne Simmons & Bradley T. Sheares, and Bernadette T. Smith.


The 2012 Annual Benefit Reception Co-Chairs areBeth Hanssens, Chief Financial Officer, PBS KIDS Sprout, Rosemarie HoslynCorporate Counsel, De Lage Landen Financial Services and Matt Siegel,Member of the Litigation Department, Cozen O’ Connor.

For more information on tickets and sponsorship visit or contact Muhammida El Muhajir at 267-546-9211 or



Muhammida El Muhajir

A New Year, A New Chance to Change the Story

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Liz Wagner

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Read Our Bi-Annual Report

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Moira Mulroney

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‘Tis the Season of Giving

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Moira Mulroney

Our Holiday Toy Drive

FRIENDS – On behalf of the many children served by our Toy Drive this year, I would like to thank all who participated … as donors, sorters, baggers, movers, drivers, and numerous other roles and activities that made the effort a great success!  Our final Toy Drive list included 1038 kids at 420 different locations (mostly homes of their parents or caregivers).  At least 80 drivers delivered the hundreds of large bags of gifts on Saturday; at one time cars were lined up 19th Street from Cherry Street well onto Logan Circle, while at least 10 cars were being simultaneously loaded on our Cherry Street block!

US Senate Testimony of Frank Cervone

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Moira Mulroney

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