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LP Announces $60,000 In Grants as Part of Ongoing Commitment to Chicago Community Organizations


January 13, 2009

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Levenfeld Pearlstein Announces $60,000 In Grants as Part of Ongoing Commitment to Chicago Community Organizations

CHICAGO Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce the awarding of $60,000 in grants to two worthy Chicago community organizations. The firm has made grants of $30,000 each to the Erie Family Health Center and to SGA Youth & Family Services as part of its Corporate Contributions Program, launched in 2007. This program commitment is part of a broader civic and social responsibility initiative that Levenfeld Pearlstein has undertaken since its founding in 1999.

"We are pleased that our Corporate Contributions Program can continue the firm's support for these two outstanding organizations that work tirelessly to improve the lives of at-risk children in our communities,” said Bryan Schwartz, Chairman of Levenfeld Pearlstein. "We realize that not-for-profit organizations are typically the first to lose funding in a struggling economy, but we felt that it was of extreme importance to continue our Corporate Contributions Program, regardless of economic conditions. The commitment to bettering the communities in which we work and live is tightly woven into the fabric of our firm, and to halt this program would go against many of the principles on which Levenfeld Pearlstein was founded."

Levenfeld Pearlstein's grant to the Erie Family Health Center represents the firm's second year of support for Erie's school-based clinic at Ryerson Elementary School, which serves some of Chicago's lowest-income communities. The grant will fully fund the continuation of integrated mental health services, community, and education programs, providing students with direct access to mental health services. This will include an on-site licensed clinical social worker to provide behavioral services, teacher and staff training, and outreach to parents and the community. Erie Family Health Center seeks to address the immediate needs of children, give them the tools they need to address their challenges, and provide enhanced intervention to improve the quality of their lives.

"Funding from Levenfeld Pearlstein enhances Erie’s public health approach to improving health in the neighborhoods we serve," said Lee Francis, President and CEO of Erie Family Health Center. "Levenfeld Pearlstein's generosity helps us to meet the crucial need for behavioral health services, raising the overall health status of a neighborhood that is disproportionately impacted by psychosocial issues."

Levenfeld Pearlstein’s grant to SGA Youth & Family Services (SGA), a Chicago nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth whose futures are most in jeopardy, also represents the firm's second year of funding to SGA's Operation BIG Hug program. This comprehensive program is focused on early detection of autism in pre-school children born to young, low-income parents. It includes screening and assessment, home-based support services and community education and awareness. Operation BIG Hug was launched in early 2007 as part of SGA's work to enhance the social and emotional development of children and adolescents.

"By renewing its support of SGA's Operation BIG Hug, Levenfeld Pearlstein will bring early detection of autism to additional low-income families, so that these children can access supportive services and appropriate treatment," said Susana Marotta, PhD, Executive Director and President of SGA Youth and Family Services. "New data supports better outcomes for autistic children diagnosed under age three, and that is why this grant is so important,"

Levenfeld Pearlstein's Corporate Contributions Program, is a grant-making program based on the firm’s belief that its accomplishments are routed in accountability and that by supporting the innovation and leadership of nonprofit organizations, it extends its ability to make a difference in the community. Levenfeld Pearlstein realizes that leadership, passion, creativity and focus can make the difference between success and failure. It also knows that challenging convention requires commitment. The combination of endurance, efficiency, balance and resourcefulness is what often makes the difference. The firm supports organizations that incorporate best practices into their work and continuously seek to identify solutions that provide meaningful opportunities to make a difference. In particular, we look for organizations committed to their employees and stakeholders that demonstrate accountability and seek to challenge convention, drive for efficiency and innovate.

For additional information on Levenfeld Pearlstein's Corporate Contributions Program, please click here. More information about Erie Family Health Center is available at, and for more information on SGA visit


About Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC: Founded in 1999, Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC ( provides outstanding legal counsel and business advice to sophisticated clients in matters involving corporate and securities law, real estate, and litigation. With more than 75 attorneys and offices in Chicago and Northbrook, IL., the firm possesses the resources and depth to manage the most complex matters, while ensuring that the needs of all clients are met in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible.


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