Friday, July 14, 2006

Chicago's Legal Community Lending a Hand to Tutor/Mentor Programs

More than 200 lawyers, judges, law firm leaders and tutor/mentor program leaders and students attended the 3rd Annual MY HERO AWARD Luncheon, held July 12 at the Standard Club in Chicago.

The purpose was to celebrate the legal community's involvement in Chicago-area volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring programs. The event is hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend A Hand Program, sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association.

The Awards luncheon Event Chair was Jesse Ruiz, a lawyer with Garder Carton and Douglas, and Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education. Awards were:

Marovitz Mentoring Award - to the Honorable Seymour Simon, presended by the Hon. Stuart Nudelman

My Hero Award - to Jennifer and John Valentine, presented by Jessica O'Brien, Leader for LAH Member

Making a Difference Award - to the Founders of Much Shelist Ament Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, PC., presented by Karina Ayala-Bermejo, Executive Director of the Lend A Hand Program

Making a Difference Award , presented by Megan McClung, YLS Chair and Leader for LAH Member

Mentor of the Year Award - to J. Michael True, a volunteer with Midtown Center, presented by Neera Walsh, Leader for LAH Member

Mentoring Program of the Year, to Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, presented by Principal Kay Volk of Pershing Elementary School

Learn more about each winner and the Lend A Hand Program at

The MY HERO AWARD event kicks off the 2006-07 Chicagoland Back to School Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign, which aims to mobilize business and professional volunteers to serve in volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs throughout the Chicago region. Visit the Recruitment Campaign section at to learn how your company or tutor/mentor program can be part of this campaign.

Contact the Tutor/Mentor Connection if you'd like to duplicate this in another city.

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