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September 21, 2011 - Children's Law Center celebrates 15th Anniversary with Helping Children Soar Benefit

What: Benefit celebrating Children’s Law Center’s 15th Anniversary and recognizing members of the legal, business and philanthropic communities for their contributions to helping DC’s at-risk children and families throughout the year. Visit to learn more.

Where: The Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant

When: September 21, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm - 9 pm

Ticket Prices: 250

Beneficiary: Children's Law Center

Host(s): Children's Law Center

Honoree(s): Senator Mary Landrieu, Distinguished Child Advocate; Law firm of Jones Day, Pro Bono Champion

Co-Chair(s): Co Chairs: Joe Figini of CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. and Tina Kearns of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Executive Director: Judith Sandalow

Libations: Beer and wine by Pearsons

Catering: Restaurant Associates

Entertainment: Raffle, Wine or Whine

Music: Radio King Orchestra

Attendance: 400

Attire: Busniness professional or Cocktail

Florist: Surroundings Floral

Blacktie Photos by: Jen Cubas

For the tenth year, hundreds of people joined Children’s Law Center at the Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace Restaurant for the Helping Children Soar Benefit to celebrate successes of the past year and thank supporters. This year, the organization's 15th, the Benefit focused on CLC's work to create permanent families through adoption and guardianship – just one of the many ways CLC helps give children a solid foundation of family, health and education. Joseph Figini and Christine (Tina) Nicolaides Kearns co-chaired the Benefit and led the program with CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow.

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), CLC’s 2011 Distinguished Child Advocate, came straight from legislative markup with the Appropriations Committee. The Senator presented Chief Judge Lee Satterfield of the DC Superior Court with the same award in 2006, and this year Judge Satterfield returned the favor. Sandalow noted another exchange of goodwill: her eldest son, adopted from the DC foster care system that Senator Landrieu has worked to improve, had recently served in the City Year program in New Orleans. In her remarks, Senator Landrieu praised CLC’s work in the District, and noted that the achievements made on behalf of DC children reverberates around the world.

Jones Day was named CLC’s Children’s Pro Bono Champion. Accepting the award were Greg Shumaker, partner in charge of the DC office, and consummate CLC supporter Carmen McLean, currently a member of CLC’s Board of Directors, chair of the Advisory Board and an active pro bono lawyer. McLean said she represented many financial supporters and pro bono lawyers at Jones Day: “The dedication of each of these people is no surprise considering that CLC is a tremendously well run organization that provides unique and vital services to the children in our community.”

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