December 30, 2009


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Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children

The Legal Aid Society's Holiday Party for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children was a great event for some 450 children who are homeless, in foster care and/or come from low income families. For many of these children, The Legal Aid Society party is the only source of holiday gifts.

Special thanks to the Legal Aid staff and the following law firms and corporations who made it all happen by providing toys, contributions and volunteers: American International Group; Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP; Citigroup Inc.; Cohen & Gresser LLP, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Hughes, Hubbard & Reed LLP; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer P.C.; Once Upon a Treetop, Inc.; Sidley Austin, LLP; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. We also want to acknowledge the contributions of Terri Kim, who has run the crafts tables for several years and has donated most of the materials. Terri's husband, Richard, is a partner at Wachtell Lipton.

View more photos from this year's Party.

Synod Hall on the grounds of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was filled with the laughter of children on December 17th. Children were busy at crafts tables making puppets and other treasures with the help of volunteers, having their faces painted, and opening huge bags filled with toys and games. Parents, grandparents and children enjoyed the beautiful voices of The Amsterdam Singers. The concert was arranged by our favorite character of the season-- Santa Claus, who really is Robert Pietrzak, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, a Director of the Society, and a member of The Amsterdam Singers. Alan Levine, Society Chairman; Blaine (Fin) V. Fogg, President; and Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, were on hand to greet the children and help distribute gifts.

We are grateful to all the volunteers from Legal Aid, the law firms and the corporations who make this day a special one for the children. The best thank you came from one of the grandmothers who is raising her four grandsons on a very limited income.

"You make Christmas possible for my four grandsons. May God bless your kindness."

The Legal Aid Society Newsletter is written and edited by Pat Bath, Director of Communications, with technical assistance from Jason Smallwood, Web Developer.

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