Jenner & Block

American Lung Association Presents Corporate Service Award to Firm

Jenner & Block was honored during the Annual Meeting Reception of The American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago (ALAMC) (now known as the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago) Wednesday night with the organization’s 2004 Corporate Service Award.

Diana P. Hackbarth, PhD., President of the ALAMC said after the reception that the 2004 Outstanding Corporate Service award has been presented to Jenner & Block “in appreciation of their generous financial and volunteer support for the mission and activities of the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago."

The Firm’s dedication to the cause has been a story that involves years of dedicated entries among Firm attorneys in the organization’s famed fundraiser “Hustle up the Hancock,” where individuals race up the 94 floors of the John Hancock building.  Last year’s Jenner & Block team raised over $3,500 from that fundraiser alone.  The Firm also was once again a proud supporter of the “Blow the Whistle on Asthma” Walk last September.  Partner Barry Levenstam was the corporate chair for the Chicago Asthma Walk in Lincoln Park in 2003.  During that event, more than twenty Firm attorneys and staff members collectively raised over $10,000 for asthma research and education programs.  Jenner & Block attorneys also provided pro bono legal services for ALAMC again this past year.

“It’s an honor to receive an award from the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, as the Firm is passionate about the cause of this organization,” Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner Robert L. Graham said.  He also mentioned the personnel ties that bind the Firm with the ALAMC:  its CEO is Joel J. Africk, a former Partner at Jenner & Block.

The ALAMC uses the funds raised by its corporate and individual supporters to aid the 28 million Americans who suffer from some form of lung disease, including the 96,000 children in the Chicago-area alone who suffer from asthma.  The organization also aims each year to educate the Cook County community about the hazards of smoking.

Mr. Levenstam, who serves on the organization’s board, became involved when his daughter developed a serious case of asthma last year.  For the past two years, he has captained Jenner & Block’s team in the Asthma Walk and this year he climbed the Hancock Building for the first time at age 50.  He urged all to continue to “fight the good fight against lung disease.”

To learn more about the ALAMC, click here.