Gala raises $100,000 for bar foundation

Issue December 2004

Three hundred of the state's leading lawyers, judges and legal professionals marked the four-decade record of achievement of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation by raising approximately $100,000 during its 40th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 28 at The State Room in downtown Boston.

The evening included a silent auction, live auction featuring celebrity auctioneers Bob Lobel, sports director of Boston's CBS4 News and UPN38, and Paul Stewart, Boston Bruins studio analyst for NESN, as well as live entertainment and an elegant dinner with a dramatic view of the Boston skyline. Proceeds from the 40th Anniversary Gala will directly benefit the foundation in addressing unmet legal needs in the state.

John J. Curtin, Jr., of the Boston law firm Bingham McCutchen LLP, served as the 40th Anniversary Gala's Honorary Chairperson. An MBF Life Fellow, Curtin was president of the American Bar Association from 1990-1991 and the Boston Bar Association from 1979-1981. This year also marks his 40th anniversary at Bingham, having begun at Bingham, Dana & Gould as an associate in 1964. He also has served on the Massachusetts Bar Association's House of Delegates.

Gala Co-Chairs were attorneys Francis A. Ford of Worcester and Carol A. Witt of Salem.

MBF President Anthony K. Stankiewicz, vice president of the Boston Stock Exchange, welcomed the guests and Michael S. Greco, president-elect of the American Bar Association and a partner in the law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, introduced Curtin.

Photos taken by John Rich.

Superior Court Judge and Massachusetts Bar Foundation Trustee Bonnie H. MacLeod and Past Massachusetts Bar Foundation President Steven L. Wollman enjoy the foundation's gala celebration.

Enjoying the foundation's 40th Anniversary Gala are (from left) American Bar Association President-Elect Michael S. Greco, Gala Honorary Chairperson John J. Curtin, Jr. and Massachusetts Bar Foundation President Anthony K. Stankiewicz.

The foundation's 40th Anniversary Gala included a silent auction during which several items of sports memorabilia, including a Manny Ramirez bat, were sold to the highest bidders.

Gala co-chairs attorneys Francis A. Ford of Worcester and Carol A. Witt of Salem visit with celebrity auctioneer Bob Lobel (center), sports director of Boston's CBS4 News and UPN38.