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Table of Contents


1.  Golf Classic


2.  New Board Members


3.  Frank Cervone - Lifetime Achievement Award


4.  Meet Cate Galbally



Who We Are


The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal and social

services to our most vulnerable children. It is our mission to

advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, 

well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.


united way

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In The News 


Recent Press: 

6/18/13  Senate Mulling Bill Aimed at Redefining Child Abuse



2/7/13  Op-ed: PA Kids Need More Protection From Abuse


1/15/13  Op-ed: Lack of Statewide Strategy Hampers Child Protection



Board of Directors  


Mark Gittelman, President

PNC Bank


Matthew Siegel, Vice President 

Cozen O'Connor


A. Nicole Friant, Secretary 

Duane Morris


Beth Hanssens, Treasurer 



Board Members

Deborah Baird

 Eckert Seamans

Deborah Cohen



Victoria Demo


Joe DeSimone


Kathleen Egan


Amy Fox

Dena Goldberg


Feige Grundman

Blank Rome


M. Stroud Hellebusch  


Rosemarie Hoslyn


 Katherine Kelton


 Sherri Krensel

Scott M. Lempert
Sandals & Associates 

Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Edward Ohlbaum

Beasley School of Law,
Temple University


Charles Persing

Bederson & Company


Jill Porter


Shannon Prown

Navigant Consulting


Elizabeth Reeves

AmeriHealth Mercy 


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services


Suzanne Root

Attorney at Law


Susan M. Rubinovitz  


David Silverman

Curley, Hessinger

& Johnsrud


Joe Tucker

Tucker Law Group


Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group





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Join us on Monday, September 30th for the 8th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic.  Bring clients and colleagues and enjoy a day of golf (shotgun start/scramble format) at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, one of the top five golf courses in Pennsylvania. A day on the greens provides your organization with a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of a child.  Together, we can change the story!

All proceeds from this event will support Child Advocates Project for Medically Needy Children. For more information on the Project, please click HERE.


To register for the 8th Annual Child Advocates Golf Classic, to become a sponsor and for additional information, please click HERE.


Thank you to our generous sponsors:


Liberty Property Trust

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Brandywine Realty Trust
Console Law Offices
Cummins Power Systems, LLC
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig
Fox Rothschild LLP
Heritage Senior Living
Law Offices of Joseph DeRita, LLC
Meridian Bank
Rawle & Henderson LLP
Westrum Development Company

On The Course  

Mark Gittelman   

Tucker Law Group


The Legal Intelligencer

 Child Advocates Welcomes New Board Members!

Passing the torch: A fond farewell to Kathy Jaffari as Mark Gittelman steps in as the new Board President.  Pictured (L to R) are Mark Gittelman, Katayun Jaffari and Frank Cervone.


Child Advocates is thrilled to announce the addition of four new Board members, Dena Goldberg, Stroud Hellebusch (Merrill Lynch), Susan Rubinovitz (SMR Legal Search) and Scott Lempert (Sandals & Associates, P.C.). Each new member brings a fresh outlook to the Board that will help advance our mission.  We are grateful to have them join the team.


We are especially proud to announce our new Executive Committee. Congratulations to Mark Gittelman (PNC Bank National Association), Board President; Matt Siegel (Cozen O'Connor), Vice President; Beth Hanssens (PBS KIDS Sprout), Treasurer; and Nicole A. Friant (Duane Morris), Secretary.


Many thanks to all of our departing Board members this year, we are deeply appreciative of your service and advocacy. A special thank you goes to Katayun Jaffari, outgoing Child Advocates President, who served tirelessly on our Board from 2004-2013.


Executive Director Frank Cervone
Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Cervone was among the prominent attorneys who were recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the  The Legal Intelligencer on June 27th during a reception at the Crystal Tea Room. 
A great night was had by all!
Meet Cate Galbally:
Development Officer, Corporate Relations
and Special Events 

Development Officer Cate Galbally joined the Child Advocates team 9 months ago. A seasoned fundraiser and event planner, Cate comes to Child Advocates after working for Rock School for Dance and WOMEN'S WAY, where she ran the very successful "Powerful Voice" Awards."  

Cate oversees all Child Advocates special events and is responsible for raising close to $800,000 a year.  She manages corporate relations, working with area law firm and companies to secure sponsorships and create partnerships.  

Throughout the year Cate plans the Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run, Annual Benefit Reception and Auction, our annual Golf Classic and the Holiday Toy Drive.  When asked which is her favorite event she replied "I don't have a favorite, they're all fun in their own way."  However, we should note that the biggest event Cate is planning is her upcoming wedding to her incredible fiancÚ Dave Hoffman.
Cate is a Philly native, attending high school in Chestnut Hill and graduating from University of Pennsylvania.  In her spare time she spends time at the shore with family and friends. Cate loves running, trying new restaurants and visiting the many art museums and galleries around the city.
Say "Hi!" to Cate at any of our annual events!


Upcoming Events!

Monday, September 30th -



Saturday, December 21st - 
Child Advocates Annual Holiday Toy Drive Delivery Day


Our Appreciation


Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter. Stay connected on regular basis by checking out our social media (just click any of the buttons below!) Like us, follow us, and feel free to direct any questions  or feedback to Tracy Buchholz. Thanks again for helping us change the story!

-The Child Advocates Team


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