The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) is pleased to announce that serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2017 Winter Awards Benefit are Darrell Guy, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of AT&T; Daniel M. Kotin, President of the Chicago Bar Association and Partner of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman; and Michael S. Smith, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago Office.
CDEL’s 33rd Annual Winter Awards Benefit will take place at Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph, Suite 5000, in Chicago, on February 23, 2017, and tickets may be purchased online at cdelaw.org.
Anthony J. O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, will serve as 2017 Winter Benefit Chair. Anthony is Past President of CDEL’s Board.
Theresa Jaffe, principal of Theresa Jaffe Consulting. will be honored with the Impact Award for her extraordinary dedication and service to CDEL. Theresa serves as Vice President of CDEL’s Board and Chaired the Winter Benefit for five years with unprecedented success, breaking records for both fundraising and attendance. Under Theresa’s creative direction and management, the “Light Up the Loop” Winter Awards Benefit has become CDEL’s flagship fundraising event.
Walgreens will be honored with the Corporate Partner Award for its exceptional assistance to CDEL and its clients. Since 2013, when Walgreens began its partnership with CDEL, more than sixty-five attorneys and other legal professionals who have been trained on drafting Powers of Attorney and Living Will Declarations for nearly 100 senior citizens who are clients of CDEL’s Senior Center Initiative (SCI) program.
Volunteer attorney Linda Ochsenfeld will be honored with the CDEL Volunteer of the Year Award for her strong commitment to CDEL’s mission by providing an extraordinary level of direct pro bono legal service to its clients and achieving results that benefit clients and the community of low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout Cook County.
Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served as guests enjoy networking and Chicago’s magnificent skyline. A raffle will take place with amazing prizes, including a Florida vacation condo package for 7 days in a three bedroom condo on the beach in Daytona Beach, as well as a $900 Airfare Card donated by Corboy & Demetrio; a Skin Medispa Package with a four-hour Ultimate Renewal Treatment, one Botox treatment and consultation with Dr. Geroulis donated by The North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery; and a Chicago Cubs Rooftop Party package, which includes eight Rooftop tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, including all-you-can-eat and drink buffet and bar, donated by Skybox on Sheffield.
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) was founded to provide legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities. Dedicated volunteers from some of the largest law firms in Chicago, and from firms and corporations located throughout Cook County, as well as paralegals, provide more than ninety percent of all legal services CDEL delivers, pro bono, to CDEL clients. In its 33-year history, CDEL has provided services to more than 30,000 clients.
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