FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Lawyers Help Local Military Families Enjoy a Holiday for Heroes
For the third consecutive year, members of the Montgomery Bar Association, its Young Lawyers Section, and area law firms have collected contributions and made donations to the USO at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove to help ensure a happy holiday for locally-based troops deployed overseas and their families. This is all part of a grassroots campaign called “Holidays for Heroes”. According to Steve Fireoved, Esq. of the Chartwell Law Offices in King of Prussia, this year’s campaign has already raised $5,000 in financial contributions and another $5,000 in food and gift donations. Fireoved has led this initiative with support from Bar leadership since its inception in 2007 and hopes to see more donations trickle in through the new year.
At a ceremony held Tuesday, December 15th at NASJRB Willow Grove, Montgomery Bar President Mark A. Kearney, Esq. of Blue Bell commented, "As lawyers and others in our community strive to protect the rights of our clients locally, it's important that we not lose sight of our troops overseas and the sacrifices they and their families make on a grand scale, every day, to ensure our precious freedoms." Kearney added, "It's particularly important this year as the news of our economy tends to overshadow coverage of our overseas military -- despite the fact that these brave men and women continue to serve our country." Captain David Opatz, NASJRB Commanding Officer commented on how important local initiatives like these are in keeping the morale of the troops high by letting them know their families are being taken care of here at home. Diane Kelly, Operations Manager for the USO at NASJRB Willow Grove added, "The generosity displayed by everyone involved in the Holiday for Heroes program to the USO allows us to support our troops and their families as the need arises and reinforces that Americans truly appreciate the sacrifices they make to keep America free."
Among significant contributors to date are the Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and Inns of Court who collected toys and cash donations of over $1,000 at their annual holiday party. Other significant contributors to the ’09 campaign include the Chartwell Law Offices, Redner’s Markets, Brown’s Shop Rite, Genuardi’s, Wawa, and One Village Coffee -- a Franconia-based coffee company, that prepared a unique holiday coffee for the troops called “Heroes Blend.” Those interested in making a donation are encouraged to visit the Montgomery Bar Association’s website, MontgomeryBar.org for details.
Above Left: Pictured from Left to Right: Captain Ed Smith (Navy JAG Corps Officer and Judge from Northampton County who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq), Steve Fireoved, Esq. (Holidays for Heroes organizer and attorney at the Chartwell Law Offices in King of Prussia), Sarinia M. Feinman, Esq. (Chair of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and family law attorney from the law firm of Vetrano and Vetrano in King of Prussia), Joshua Ganz, Esq. (Inns of Court and Timoney Knox, LLP in Fort Washington) and Montgomery Bar Association President, Mark A. Kearney (co-hiring shareholder and director of the law firm Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski, P.C. in Blue Bell). The group is standing with toys collected by the Young Lawyers and inns of Court at their joint holiday party at Dave and Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting.
Above Right: December 15, 2009 - A check in the amount of $5,000 is donated to USO at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove to help ensure a happy holiday for locally-based troops deployed overseas and their families.
Area Lawyers Urge Support to Help Provide Local Troops and Families a "Holiday for Heroes"
Montgomery County attorneys and area law firms are again making donations and collecting gift cards, international calling cards, toys and financial contributions to be delivered to the USO at Naval Air Station Willow Grove early this holiday season as part of a grassroots campaign called “Holidays for Heroes.” For the third consecutive year, attorneys from the Chartwell Law Offices of Valley Forge and the Montgomery Bar Association will work together to help ensure a happy holiday for locally-based troops deployed overseas and their families.
"It's important in these tough economic times for the legal community and others to continue to support our troops as they put their lives on the line to ensure our freedoms." said Mark Kearney, President of the Montgomery Bar Association. Kearney adds, "It's particularly important this year as the news of our economy tends to overshadow coverage of our overseas military -- despite the fact that these brave men and women continue to serve our country."
At a brief ceremony in 2008, Captain Opatz at Naval Air Station Willow Grove commented on how important local initiatives like this one are in keeping the morale of the troops high. Among significant contributors in 2008 were the Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and Inns of Court who collected toys and cash donations of over $500 at their annual holiday party. The two groups will again raise money for the cause at this year's holiday party. Other significant contributors in 2008 were Shop Rite of Warminster and One Village Coffee, a Franconia-based coffee company, that prepared a unique holiday coffee for the troops called “Heroes Blend.” Last year in total, local attorneys raised contributions totaling over $20,000.
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During the 2008 holiday season, MBA lawyers and member law firms collected and donated gifts and in-kind contributions exceeding $20,000 for locally deployed troops and their families.