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LP Launches Corporate Contributions Program, Announces More Than $60,000 In Grants


December 17, 2007

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CHICAGO Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC is pleased to announce the launch of its Corporate Contributions Program, a grant-making program which is based on the firm’s belief that its accomplishments are routed in accountability, and that by supporting the innovation and leadership of non-profit organizations, it extends its ability to make a difference in the community. In conjunction with this announcement, Levenfeld Pearlstein also announces its first two grants, totaling more than $60,000, to the Erie Family Health Center and SGA Youth & Family Services. The firm’s commitment is part of a broader civic and social responsibility initiative that Levenfeld Pearlstein has undertaken since its founding in 1999.

Levenfeld Pearlstein’s grant to the Erie Family Health Center, for their school-based clinic at Ryerson Elementary School which serves some of Chicago’s lowest-income communities, will fully fund the creation of an integrated mental health services, community and education program, 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.

"Levenfeld Pearlstein's grant for our health center will help us to provide acutely needed essential psychosocial services to some of Chicago's most medically underserved children in an economically challenged neighborhood which is heavily impacted by violence," said Lee Francis, President and CEO of Erie Family Health Center. "Levenfeld Pearlstein is helping us change the lives of children facing unimaginable challenges and we cannot thank them enough for their support."

The firm’s grant to SGA Youth & Family Services, a Chicago non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth whose futures are most in jeopardy, will fund its Operation BIG Hug. This new 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.

As a result of Levenfeld Pearlstein's leadership gift, SGA will assess 300 young children for early signs of autism and provide home-based support for up to 12 families who have a child at-risk of autism,” said James W. Forhan, President of SGA’s Board of Directors. He said the grant will also allow SGA to conduct awareness and training initiatives on the early signs of autism, reaching more than 500 general professionals and parents and 35 early childhood professionals.

“Through early detection and referrals for specialized treatment, we hope to dramatically reduce the effects of untreated autism, improving the quality of life for children and reducing the cost of care over a child’s lifetime,” Mr. Forhan said. “As a true partner of SGA, Levenfeld Pearlstein understands that by doing right, we can help everyone have an equal opportunity to do well,” he added.

"We are proud to launch our Corporate Contributions Program by supporting these two outstanding organizations which work tirelessly to improve the lives of at-risk children in our communities," said Bryan Schwartz, Chairman of Levenfeld Pearlstein. "We realize that just doing what is expected of us is not enough and as such, our firm has a proud tradition of donating both its time and financial resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. By formalizing our philanthropic program we will be able to ensure support is targeted to causes and organizations that strive to make the biggest improvements in our communities and most closely identify with the goals of our firm."

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 visit 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, Ill., 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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