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October 17, 2011

Support Builds for Boston Bar Foundation John & Abigail Adams Benefit

Press Release

With the John & Abigail Adams Benefit more than three months away, the premier charitable fundraiser for the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF) has already attracted more than $270,000 in sponsorship commitments from 32 law firms and companies. The Benefit, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, is being co-chaired by Christopher Kenney of Kenney & Sams and Anthony Froio of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi.

“The fact that the Adams Benefit is able to draw such significant support during the ‘quiet period,’ before we have even named our honoree, underscores two things: the generosity of Boston’s legal and business communities, and the credibility of the Boston Bar Foundation in its grant making activities,” said Kenney.

The 2011 Adams Benefit raised some $610,000 and drew a crowd of 900 guests. Funds raised from the event were combined with IOLTA proceeds and other BBF funds to make $1.1 million in grants to 25 legal services organizations.

“The BBF enjoys a reputation for doing serious due diligence to ensure that grants are made to well-run organizations that will put the monies to the best possible use while also stimulating innovation and creativity in meeting the needs of the community,” said Froio. “We know people and institutions have lots of choices in how they allocate their charitable contributions. Supporting the Adams benefit is a sound philanthropic choice.”

Among the rapidly growing list of John & Abigail Adams Benefit Sponsors are:

Platinum Sponsors – $35,000


 Ropes & Gray LLP    Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP


Silver Sponsors – $15,000

Brown Rudnick LLP

EMC Corporation

Raytheon Company

Bronze Sponsors – $10,000

Bank of America Corporation

Burns & Levinson LLP

Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Foley Hoag LLP

Holland & Knight, LLP

Kenney & Sams, P.C.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.

Participating Sponsors – $5,000

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP

FTI Consulting

Goulston & Storrs – A Professional Corporation

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Hemenway & Barnes LLP

John Hancock Financial Services

Jones Day

Peabody & Arnold LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP

Verrill Dana LLP

Contributing Sponsors

Beck Reed Riden LLP

Chu Ring & Hazel

Desmond, Strang & Scott, LLP

Grant Thornton LLP

Janet E. Bostwick, PC

Stone Stone & Creem