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Table of Contents


2.  5K Bar Run/Walk


3.  GPhilly


4.  Thank You!


5.  CEA Training Recap

Meet The Bar Run Team

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.


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In The News 


Recent Press:  

4/30/15 Baltimore Mom Caught On Video Disciplining Child Sparks Online Debate


3/23/15 Improving Representation and Outcomes for Children



10/16/14  DA's Office Investigating Center City Sex Trafficking Involving Minors


10/15/14 Law Catching Up On Punishment Vs. Child Abuse


10/11/14 Frank Cervone on ME TV


9/16/14  Adrian Peterson Case Brings Corporal Punishment of Kids Front and Center


6/30/14 Advocacy for Foster Youth to Achieve Educational Success




Board of Directors  


Mark Gittelman, President

PNC Bank


Matthew Siegel, Vice President 

Cozen O'Connor


Susan Rubinovitz, Secretary  


Beth Hanssens, Treasurer 



Board Members

Jeffrey Bagley 


Deborah Baird

Eckert Seamans

Barbara Beckman

Ballard Spahr

Stephen Chawaga 

Erica Rae Cline

Morgan Lewis


Deborah Cohen 


Joe DeSimone

Kathleen Egan

Amy Fox

Dena Goldberg

Dr. Heather Green

M. Stroud Hellebusch  


Rosemarie Hoslyn  


 Sherri Krensel


Janie Mershon


Kathy Ochroch

Blank Rome


Jill Porter


Jane Robinson

UBS Financial Services

Jim Robinson

Gordon & Rees, LLP 

Kit Rothenberger

Kolsby Gordon, Robin Shore and Bezar


Suzanne Root

Attorney at Law 

Rand Siegel 

David Silverman

James Steigerwald


Joe Tucker, Jr.

Tucker Law Group


Dr. Ilene Wasserman

ICW Consulting Group


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2015 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction 

Click below to see pictures from the 2015 Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. We hope you had a blast bidding on auction items, celebrating our amazing honorees and mingling with friends. It was an spectacular night, and it could not have happened without you. Click HERE to see pictures from the event!


If you still need to pick up your auction item or arrange for delivery, please contact Cate Galbally at 267-546-9216.



Just a few weeks away!

Click HERE to register for the 5K Run/Walk and/or the NEW 1-Mile Run at Fairmount Hall. Register for one race, or both! 

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled morning featuring face painting and other treats for kids. Children ages 5-10 will love running in the FREE Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash, a 200-yard non-competitive sprint. All participants will receive a fun giveaway. Registration is now open - or sign up that morning. 

 Donate Your Soles Campaign! 

Simply bring any unwanted sneakers and shoes to the event on Sunday, May 17th, and drop them off in one of the collection boxes. Any size or style is welcome. Want to know the impact of your gift? For shoes that can be re-purposed, consider putting a note and your e-mail address into one of the shoes to track their trek via ShoeBox Recycling's SoleMate program.
Check Us Out In The Press!


Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Executive Director Samantha Guisti teamed up with GPhilly to write a wonderful piece on our agency, specifically highlighting our LGBTQ Youth Project, led by Child Advocate Social Worker Mili Roca. Thank you GPhilly for the article and for helping raise awareness on the work we do. 


To read the article click HERE.

Thank You for Supporting Our Work!

At The Spruce Gala this past Friday, Matt Kurilla, President and Board Chair of The Spruce Foundation, presented Sandra Lavini and Mili Roca of Child Advocates with a grant to support our LGBTQ Youth Project. Led by Mili, the Project provides specialized services to abused and neglected LGBTQ youth and offers training programs on delivering optimal care to young people in the child welfare system. Our deepest thanks go out to The Spruce Foundation for their support and confidence in our work. 

We would also like to acknowledge The McLean Contributionship and Equal Measure for their generous grants toward our Mobility Initiative. The Project will provide our case handlers with laptops and access to the Internet while at court and in the field, allowing them to enter case notes and retrieve documents and other look-up data, as needed. Thank you, McLean and Equal Measure!


On Wednesday, April 29th, Executive Director Frank Cervone and Larry Beaser (Partner at Blank Rome and recipient of the 2015 Eddie Ohlbaum Distinguished Advocate for Children Award) delivered the Opening Session at the 107th Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Clinical Assembly, at the Valley Forge Event Center in King of Prussia, PA. 


They addressed the audience of more than 550 medical professionals from across Pennsylvania on the recent changes to the Child Protective Services and the legal and ethical duties of mandated reporters. 


To register for upcoming trainings, please click HERE.


Meet The Bar Run Team!

 (from left: Eric Marzluf and Manny Pokotilow)


The Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk (known as the "Bar Run") began 36 years ago as an idea within the Philadelphia Bar Association Sports and Recreations Committee. Looking to bring an athletic event to the Bar Association, the Committee approached Manny Pokotilow, marathon runner and Partner at the Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen & Pokotilow intellectual property law firm, to help bring the idea to life. Manny gave the Run its legs - so to speak!-- and it's never looked back! The inaugural Philadelphia Bar Association 10K took place in 1979 on West River Drive and drew over 800 participants. In the early years, the proceeds were shared between the American Diabetes Association and

Child Advocates. The next year, Manny joined forces with Tom Bell, now with the firm Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenbert & Torchia, a former Child Advocates Volunteer Attorney, Board Member, and our first Board Treasurer. The two co-chaired the Run for the next 30 years, leading its evolution to the Bar Run that we know today. Child Advocates was later invited to become the charity of choice, and our agency staff was asked to join the Planning Committee.


In 1986 Eric Marzluf, now a Run Co-Director and Partner at Caesar Rivise, joined the Committee with new ideas and a fresh outlook. "The best decision the Committee ever made," according to Manny. Firm Teams were added  by the 20th year  and law firms and corporations were offered sponsorship opportunities. The fundraising efforts are significant. More than $3 million have been raised over the years; over $90,000 was raised for Child Advocates in the 2014 alone!


In 1995, the 10K races were losing popularity and the Bar Run was changed to a 5K, and for a while, a 2-mile component was added. The 5K Bar Run now includes a timed 1-mile dash, a 5K walk and a Kids' Fun Dash and is held at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park on the third Sunday in May. It  annually attracts over 1300 runners, and offers activities for the whole family.


The Bar Run has been highlighted in many publications, including Running Times, and is supported by local running shops, such as Philadelphia Runner. It  attracts runners from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, but we have had runners coming from as far away as Kentucky! In more recent years, a partnership with Students Run Philly Style brings out hundreds of young runners to compete alongside the lawyers and other adults.


Manny's favorite part about the race is "knowing that the money raised will help the Support Center for Child Advocates." He also enjoys being able to see all the familiar faces year after year.


Eric loves the excitement of Run day itself and working with enthusiastic volunteers who work so hard and have so much fun that morning.  "A year's worth of planning only works when everyone shows up, and we have great volunteers!"

Our Appreciation


Thank you for reading our monthly newsletter. Stay connected on a regular basis by checking us out on 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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