Washington, DC (October 2, 2011) – Hundreds of people joined Children’s Law Center for an annual Helping Children Soar Benefit September 21 at the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant to celebrate successes of the past year and thank supporters. The event raised more than $685,000. CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow and Benefit Co-Chairs Joseph Figini and Christine (Tina) Nicolaides Kearns led a program that highlighted 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.
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.”