MBF announces 2017 President's Award recipients

Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017
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From left: H Theodore Cohen and Robert C. Ware.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation proudly announces that two of its most dedicated volunteers will be honored with this year's President's Awards at the upcoming MBF Grantee Receptions. Award recipients are:

  • H Theodore Cohen, Cambridge
  • Robert C. Ware, Williamstown

Ted Cohen, an MBF Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow, has been one of MBF's most dedicated and generous supporters since he first joined the Society of Fellows in 1998. Cohen has participated annually in the MBF grant review process, serving on both regional and statewide subject grant advisory committees. His commitment to increasing access to justice, particularly for low-income individuals and families in need, is clearly evident in his thoughtful and insightful evaluations of various funding requests to the foundation. Professionally, Cohen served as town counsel for Reading from 1972 through 2001, then practiced municipal law, real estate and land use at Keegan Werlin until his retirement. Currently, he serves as the chair of the Cambridge City Planning Board. Cohen will receive his award at the Eastern Mass. Grantee Reception in Boston on Sept. 26.

Bob Ware, an MBF Life Fellow who first joined the Society of Fellows in 1997, will be honored for his longstanding, generous support of the foundation. A perennial presence on the Western Mass. regional grant advisory committee, Ware's expertise and local knowledge helps the MBF make strong grants in many underserved areas of the western part of the state. His input has been instrumental in ensuring our grant making activities are truly statewide. Ware is a solo practitioner who specializes in estate planning and probate matters in Williamstown. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Attorneys, and is a founding member and former president of the Williamstown Film Festival. Ware will receive his award at the Central & Western Mass. Grantee Reception, in Amherst, on Oct. 3

The MBF hosts grantee receptions annually to show its appreciation to the MBF grantees and supporters. Join us at this event to learn more about the MBF. For more information or to RSVP, click here.