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23rd Annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County honored 8 attorneys, 2 law firms and an accountant for their outstanding pro bono contribution in 2010. Over 700 friends and supporters of Legal Aid gathered at the Palm Beach County Convention Center to attend the 23rd Annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening. The theme of the evening was "Big City," and highlighted food and songs from New York, Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans. All the proceeds raised from the annual event are used to ensure equal access to justice to all citizens of Palm Beach County.

The attorneys honored at this year's celebration included:

Anne Blanford—Child Advocacy Award
Flynn Bertisch—Education Law Award
Richard Kleid—Emeritus Award
Sasser Cestero and Sasser—Family Law Award
Brian M. O'Connell—Guardianship Law Award
Bridget Ann Berry—Juvenile Justice Award
Steven M. Greenberg—Non-Profit Award
David A. Gart—Probate
Ryland Mahathey—Tax Law Award

The Firm Award was presented to Greenberg Traurig, LLP. The Special Service Award recipient was Alex Alijewicz, CPA. The Annual Suzanne Foley "Serving Justice" Award, given in memory of Legal Aid’s Associate Director of Development, was presented to Juliana Blanc.

Entertainment was provided by Dreyfoos School of the Arts, under the direction of Garry A. Lewis. Emcees for the evening were Bill Bone and Michelle Suskauer.