The Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) hosted its 2019 Grantee Reception on September 26 at Nutter, McClennen and Fish in Boston, to celebrate and honor its current grant recipients and recognize leading supporters of the foundation. MBF fellows, donors, friends, and representatives from many of the 90 programs currently funded by the MBF were in attendance.
This year, the MBF awarded $2.5 million in grants through its annual Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Program. These programs help thousands of individuals and families in Massachusetts each year who have legal issues relating to domestic violence, immigration status, housing, access to special education services, healthcare, discrimination, and many more.
MBA Secretary, Damian Turco of Turco Law, welcomed those in attendance, and Betsy Soulé of Metro West Legal Services served as this year’s grantee speaker. She highlighted the critical services provided by Metro West with support from the MBF. Her stories of specific individuals and families assisted this past year drove home to those in attendance the critical nature of the services provided, as well as the tenacity and commitment of the legal aid attorneys working for Metro West and other MBF grantees.
MBF President, Harvey Weiner of Peabody and Arnold, served as emcee of the event and presented the 2019 President’s Award to former Executive Director, Beth Lynch. Given annually, the MBF President’s Award recognizes exceptional MBF supporters for their commitment to increasing access to justice for the most vulnerable in our state. Lynch served the Foundation for 20 years and was its Executive Director from 2005-2019. Past MBF President, Tony Stankiewicz of the Codman Square Health Center, who helped to hire Lynch in 2005, shared his recollections with guests as well.
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