MBF celebrates grant recipients, honors supporters at 2017 Grantee Receptions

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
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Top: MBF President's Award recipient H Theodore Cohen (left) and MBF President Janet F. Aserkoff (right). Bottom: Grantee Speaker Jada Ficarra (left) and attorney Robert C. Ware (right), who received an MBF President’s Award on Oct. 3.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation recently hosted two receptions to honor this year’s grantees and the 2017 President’s Award recipients. This year, the MBF awarded $2 million to 84 programs conducted by 56 different nonprofit organizations through its annual IOLTA grants program. Additional grants were provided for law student internships at legal assistance organizations, as well as to several law-related education programs. The receptions were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the important work of all of the grantees and to thank our supporters for all that they do to promote equal access to justice in our state. 

The MBF’s Eastern Mass. reception was held at Burns & Levinson, in Boston, on Sept. 26.  Grantee remarks were provided by Elinett Oquendo Burgos, a 2017 recipient of the MBF Legal Intern Program Fellowship and former intern at Mass. Advocates for Children. Cambridge attorney H Theodore Cohen received a President’s Award.

UMass Amherst was the setting for the Oct. 3 Central and Western Mass. reception. Jada Ficarra, a high school student from Springfield and participant in the 2017 Judicial Youth Corps Program, was the event’s grantee speaker. Attorney Robert C. Ware of Williamstown received a President’s Award. 

See photos and learn more about this event at www.MassBarFoundation.org