Pond Lehocky once again spread holiday cheer over the weeks leading up to Christmas by contributing to local and national charities selected by the firm’s clients, partners, attorneys and staff.
This was Pond Lehocky’s third straight year presenting 25 Days of Giving. Since Dec. 1, the firm has:
- Volunteered in the local community
- Held special holiday events for the sick and underprivileged
- Created cards and care packages
- Donated to charities
Here’s how the firm helped out some worthy causes during the 25 days:
Day 1: The firm supported Lisa’s Army, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comfort to courageous individuals currently undergoing cancer treatments. The firm set up drop boxes in its offices to collect comfort care package items for cancer patients.
Day 2: A group of staffers served dinner to residents at Project HOME: Women of Change, a safe haven residence for women in Philadelphia run by Project HOME, which aims to help adults, children and families break the cycle of homelessness.
Day 3: The firm sponsored Disability Pride Philadelphia’s Third Annual Independence Day of People w/Disabilities Show to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Established by the United Nations, the day promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.
Day 4: A group of Pond Lehocky staffers volunteered at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Philadelphia shelter. The Pennsylvania SPCA is a 100-percent donor-funded animal rescue center with multiple locations throughout the state.
Day 5: The firm supported Beverly’s Birthdays, an organization that provides birthday cheer to homeless children and families in need. Staff at Pond Lehocky’s Pittsburgh office assembled 50 birthday kits consisting of pajamas, socks and underwear.
Day 6: Volunteers from the firm participated in the Philadelphia Polar Plunge benefitting the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, which provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults in Pennsylvania with intellectual disabilities. The Philly Plunge was held at Drexel University’s Recreation Center and raised funds to fuel year-round sports programs for more than 2,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout the City of Brotherly Love.
Day 7: Pond Lehocky supported ChildPromise, an organization which provides housing and educational services for foster children. The firm donated a Share the Care Package to a foster child enrolled at a local university.
Day 8: Staff members volunteered as course marshals and cheered on runners at the Jingle All the Way 3K, a fundraising event to benefit the Special Olympics of New Jersey, which provides sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Day 9: The firm partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association, hosting sessions for staff on understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia. The firm also made a financial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, a national organization supporting research, care and advocacy for those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Day 10: Firm staff partnered with WePAC, the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, helping catalog books to organize the library at the Robert E. Lamberton Elementary School. WePAC promotes childhood literacy by engaging volunteers to reopen and staff libraries and provide academic mentoring.
Day 11: For the 7th year in a row, Pond Lehocky held a holiday party for residents at Families Forward Philadelphia, which runs the city’s largest private emergency shelter for homeless families and provides transitional and permanent housing to those in need. Their mission is to help homeless families become healthy, productive and self-reliant.
Nearly 100 families attended the event. A group of Pond Lehocky staffers decorated cookies with the families and shared pizza and holiday treats with them. There was also a surprise appearance from Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Vinny Curry and mascot Swoop, who helped pass out gifts to the kids and met with the families.
Day 12: The firm donated gloves and brought coffee and donuts to Rock Ministries of Philadelphia. Rock Ministries is a faith-based boxing and mentorship program in Kensington, Philadelphia. It serves over 5,000 kids through sports, arts, music, mentoring and Bible studies, and provides food to the needy in the community.
Day 13: Staff members made handmade cards for sick children across the nation, to be distributed by Cards for Hospitalized Kids, a national organization dedicated to spreading joy and hope to kids in hospitals across the U.S.
They also wrote letters of thanks to our troops to be distributed by Operation Gratitude, a national organization supporting U.S. Military and First Responder communities by sending care packages and letters to deployed soldiers and to their children at home.
Day 14: Pond Lehocky Associates Erica Shikunov and Michael Parker spoke to a support group hosted by the Lupus Foundation of America, the only national organization devoted to solving the mystery of lupus.
The attorneys discussed what those living with the disease need to know about their rights to disability insurance benefits and the protections they are entitled to under federal and Pennsylvania employment laws.
Day 15: The firm donated to Team Foster, an organization founded by Pond Lehocky associate Nick Liermann that raises money to partner service dogs with veterans suffering from combat-related disabilities including PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
Day 16: Pond Lehocky donated to Laurel House, a comprehensive agency dedicated to ending domestic violence and empowering those impacted. The firm also hosted a special dress-down day, encouraging the staff to wear purple or green to show support for domestic violence victims.
Day 17: The firm hosted a photo session with the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and mascot Swoop for patients at Orthopedics at Nemours, one of the largest and most widely respected pediatric orthopedics practices in the United States. The firm also handed out mini footballs to the kids.
Day 18: Pond Lehocky staff braved the chilly conditions and joined Back on My Feet for a 5:30 a.m. run through the streets of Center City. Back on My Feet is an organization that uses running to combat homelessness.
Day 19: The firm joined Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest organization supporting research and advocacy for blood cancer treatment. Staff assisted LLS by wrapping gifts for patients and their families. They also attended an education session about leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.
Day 20: Pond Lehocky will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross, which prevents and alleviates human suffering by providing relief and support to those in crisis and helping communities prepare for and respond to emergencies.
Day 21: Pond Lehocky will make a financial donation to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a leading anti-hate organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry and securing justice and fair treatment for all.
Day 22: The firm will be donating to William Way LGBT Community Center, which encourages, supports and advocates for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in the Greater Philadelphia region through service, recreational, educational and cultural programming.
Day 23: The firm will donate to 43 Oak Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping minority and underprivileged athletes learn and develop through the sport of ice hockey.
Day 24: The firm will be donating to TRIO, a nonprofit group committed to improving the life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.
Day 25: Pond Lehocky will support Philadelphia schools through Philly FUNDamentals, a project of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia that allows any donor to find a school and give directly to that school’s needs as identified by the principal, and Donors Choose, a national program that helps donors provide direct support to individual classrooms. Pond Lehocky solicited deserving schools and projects
Pond Lehocky revealed a new gift revealed each day, encouraging the public to follow along on social media and the firm’s website. Visit pondlehockey.com to see what the firm did each day and learn about the important charities it supported.