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Allegheny County Bar Association to send 1,500 Students to School With New Backpacks

Education Management Corporation, Ditto Document Solutions, and Various Office Supplies Vendors Head Impressive List of Corporate Sponsors

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – August 4, 2011. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that the association’s Backpack Program will provide new backpacks to 1,500 Allegheny County students, up from 1,000 last year. The backpacks will be filled with school supplies, including notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and other necessary items. The Backpack Program, which is coordinated by the bar association’s Public Service Committee, is in its fifth year of operation. This year, more than 30 corporate sponsors will help fund the project. Education Management Corporation (EDMC), Ditto Document Solutions, and various office supplies vendors are major sponsors. The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank will be assisting with logistical support, and the backpacks will be distributed to clients of several local food pantries.

On August 9, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 12th floor of One PPG Place, volunteers will prepare the backpacks and supplies for delivery. The media is invited to attend.

“Our attorneys have long been committed to serving our area schools through legal education and public service programs, and the Backpack Project is one of the most rewarding programs that we coordinate,” said Howard J. Schulberg, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association. “Thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors and the many hours of planning by our Public Service Committee and Young Lawyers Division, we can help more than 1,500 area students go back to school with the necessary supplies to further their education.”

Jacquelyn Muller, EDMC spokesperson said, “The backpack project is a terrific opportunity to support area students and we’re delighted to team up with the Allegheny County Bar Association on this worthwhile effort. The common thread that has always run through our schools is a strong commitment to community service, and EDMC wants to help ensure that students in our own community are off to a great start in the new academic year.”

Attorney Angel L. Revelant, of Pollock Begg Komar Glasser, said the Backpack Project would only be possible with the help of so many generous individuals, law firms, and local businesses. “There is no way we could have provided 1,500 students with backpacks filled with school supplies if our many sponsors had not stepped forward to help fund the project and if our many volunteers had not donated their time. We cannot thank them enough.”

In addition to EDMC, Ditto Document Solutions, and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, this year’s sponsors included Pittsburgh Reporting Service; Romualdi, Davidson & Associates; bit x bit; Christopher Carson (Cohen & Grigsby); Tri River Consulting Services, Inc.; IST Management Services, Inc.; Stonemetz & Wilkins, CPA; Alpern Rosenthal; USI Affinity; McAnney, Esposito & Kraybill Associates, Inc; Deborah L. Kutzavitch and the Hillman Company; Jason Green (Eckert Seaman); Tucker Arensberg, PC; Strassburger, McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky; Bill Kelleher (Cohen & Grigsby); Kathryn Kenyon and Paul Kenneth Vey (Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick); Westinghouse Electric Company LLC; the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Bayer Corporation; Lexis-Nexis; Wingharts; Dunkin Donuts; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; Staples, Office Depot; Bulldog Office Products; Pittsburgh Legal Administrators Association; and PPG Place; as well as several other anonymous individuals.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.



Contacts:

Howard J. Schulberg
412- 281-0587

Jonathan McAnney
412-594-5584

Angel L. Revelant
412-471-9000



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