College Columns Dec 2015 Issue - Page 4

President's Column

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support from the College itself. This latter source of funding is bolstered by the amount raised in the Patrons and Sponsors Program.

Which Path to Choose? So which avenue should you use to support the many good programs maintained by the College? I hope that the answer will be both. Many Fellows support the College through a Patrons and Sponsors gift by their firm, as well as through individual gifts directly to the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.

However, for those of you for which a Patrons and Sponsors Program gift is not practicable, you are still able to support the College through your direct, tax-deductible donation to the Foundation. And to the extent that your gift reaches one of the Patron or Sponsor donation levels, we will recognize that gift in the listing of Patrons and Sponsors published by the College throughout the year.

So in the midst of this holiday season, please make do your best to convince your firm to be a Patron, Sponsor or Sustaining Sponsor. And please consider the College in your philanthropic gifts for the year.

We sincerely thank you for your continuing support of the College’s many important activities. It is through you that the College does its good

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Foundation Report: Year-End Circuit Campaigns in Full Swing

Mark D. Bloom, ACB Foundation Chair

on the Foundation presentation at the All Fellows Luncheon held this year in Miami Beach. And I usually like to write about how through the generous support of our Fellows and the efforts of the Pro Bono Committee we made so many grants to so many deserving organizations and projects in so many states (and, of course, the District of Columbia). But facing the fact that this is my last column of 2015 and that, as the headline states above, Circuit campaigns indeed are (or should be) in full swing, let me get right to the point: We need your support in 2015 as in the past, and we need it now.

Counter-intuitive as it may be for an insolvency lawyer who occasionally represents debtors, let me start by giving you The Good News first: We are off to a great start in our year-end campaign -- as of November 12, 2015 we have raised just over $120,000 toward our 2015 target of $254,500. And there’s even more Good News: that since

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Third Circuit Reception Honoring Raymond L. Shapiro

On September 17, 2015, the Third Circuit Fellows honored Raymond L. Shapiro for his past service to the American College of Bankruptcy, the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation (the "Foundation"), and the bankruptcy profession at large with a reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Shapiro was presented with a "check" representing the nearly $14,000 that was contributed to the Foundation in his honor. Joel Piassick, the second Chair of the Foundation, made the presentation on behalf of all of the attendees.

So I usually like to begin the Foundation Column at this time of year by reporting on our Fall Board meeting, and

Raymond L. Shapiro