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Jenner & Block Team Hustles Up the Hancock for Respiratory Health Association

A 35-member team comprised of Jenner & Block attorneys and other Firm personnel and their families and friends recently participated in the 15th Annual “Hustle Up the Hancock,” to raise money for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC).  On February 26, 2012, the “Team Jenner’s Not Ready for Climb Time Players” completed the 94-floor stair climb of Chicago’s John Hancock Center, in honor of two Jenner & Block partners, Jerold S. Solovy, the Firm’s Chairman Emeritus who died in January 2011, and John C. Tucker, a retired partner who died in 2010.  The team, wearing t-shirts that proclaimed, “This Climb’s for Jerry” on the back, raised more than $20,000, placing it fifth among teams for collections, and finished in 16th place in climbing speed, out of 144 groups – coming in just ahead of the Chicago Fire Department team.

Team members included Partners Richard J. Gray, Melissa M. Hinds, Barry Levenstam, Joel T. Pelz, and James L. Thompson; Associates Colleen G. DeRosa, Precious S. Jacobs, Daniel R. Kelley, Matthew R. Kopp, Brij B.Patnaik, David P. Saunders, and Nangah N. Tabah; Staff Attorney Kellie R. Bylica; Director of Conflicts and Business Intake Services Beth Faircloth; and Project Assistant Monica O. Garcia.

Mr. Levenstam is Chairman of the RHAMC Board of Directors and Jenner & Block alum Joel Africk is the organization’s President and CEO.  The annual event raises approximately $1 million for RHAMC’s efforts to fight lung disease, including research, advocacy and education.

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Trib Local-Evanston each published two articles highlighting the participation of the Jenner & Block team in the fundraiser.  Also, on the morning of the event, ABC7 Chicago did an on-air interview of Mr. Levenstam, after he had completed his climb.