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Allegheny County Bar Foundation’s Attorneys Against Hunger Campaign Has Now Awarded More Than $1.3 Million in Grants After Record Breaking Year for Donations

More than $119,000 raised during 2013-2014 annual campaign

Pittsburgh, PA – May 20, 2014 – The officers of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation today announced that its 21st annual Attorneys Against Hunger campaign set a record with more than $119,000 in donations from local attorneys, law firms, and sections and divisions of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Since its inception in 1993, Attorneys Against Hunger has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants to agencies dedicated to addressing hunger in southwest Pennsylvania.

The campaign currently supports 17 agencies including:  East End Cooperative Ministry, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Focus on Renewal, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Intersection, Jubilee Kitchen, Just Harvest, North Hills Community Outreach, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Rainbow Kitchen, Saint Mary of Mercy Parish, Smithfield United Church of Christ, South Hills Interfaith Ministries, Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, Trinity Cathedral, and Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Hunger Services.

“Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is deeply appreciative of the support we receive from the Attorneys Against Hunger Campaign, not only this year, but every year,” says Lisa Scales, CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “It’s because of such generosity that the Food Bank is able to help nearly 110,000 people each month. As our challenge continues to grow, it is heartening to know we have partners in our community like the Allegheny County Bar Foundation. Without such support, we simply could not meet the daily need of so many friends and neighbors.”

“This was a tremendous year,” says campaign Co-Chair Mary McGinley. “Accolades to the team, which was comprised of dedicated staff from the bar foundation and members of the bar, who generously donated time and money. This year’s campaign will reach many hunger agencies and the people that they serve.”

“Given the difficult economy, it was a nice surprise to see that the 2013-2014 AAH campaign set a new high for collections,” says campaign Co-Chair Bill Stang. “Everyone who contributed should be thanked and should feel good knowing that every dollar raised will be used for the fight against hunger in southwest Pennsylvania due to the generous underwriting of our sponsors. On behalf of the AAH Committee, we are grateful to the entire legal community for the support we received.”

Lead Sponsor Steidl & Steinberg and Supporting Sponsor Gleason & Associates generously underwrote the campaign, which allowed the Allegheny County Bar Foundation to distribute 100 percent of campaign proceeds to the 17 local hunger service organizations.

In addition to the underwriting, the campaign also received a $15,000 challenge grant from long-time campaign supporters Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, the Rita M. McGinley Foundation, and the McGinley family members of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

About the Allegheny County Bar Foundation:
Established in 1980, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation strives to promote justice for all and to improve the community through public service law-related programs. To fulfill this mission, the foundation raises, manages, and distributes funds, encourages and assists lawyers to provide pro bono legal services, and develops and supports public information initiatives. For more information, visit www.acbf.org.


Contacts:          

William L. Stang, Esq.
Attorneys Against Hunger Co-Chair
(412) 394-5522          

Mary McGinley, Esq.
Attorneys Against Hunger Co-Chair
(412) 456-2562

Erin Rhodes
Allegheny County Bar Foundation
412-402-6641