VLP’s 25th Anniversary Gala Surpasses Fundraising Goals

The VLP’s 25th Anniversary Gala held on Wednesday, May 20th 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music was a huge success. With 300 people in attendance at the sold-out event, the VLP raised almost $350,000 — a record amount! Thank you to all who came out to support this event. Special thanks to our gracious event sponsors and congratulations again to our spectacular honorees. Stay tuned for more photos.


The elegant Brooklyn Academy of Music was the setting for the VLP’s 25th anniversary celebration.


VLP Board Member and Past BBA President, Andrea Bonina


Gala Co-Chair Robert Elliot of BNP Paribas introducing Betty Whelchel, recipient of the VLP’s 2015 Tradition of Justice Award


Karen Patton Seymour and Samuel W. Seymour, both Partners at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, were awarded with the VLP’s 2015 Dedication of Justice Award.


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams delivered remarks


Recipients of the VLP’s 2015 TD Bank Champion of Justice Awards, from left to right: Muhammad U. Faridi, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP; Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr., Baker Hostetler; TD Bank Presenter Adam Alshawish; Gregory M. Starner, White & Case LLP; VLP Executive Director Heidi Henderson


Betty Whelchel, General Counsel North America, BNP Paribas, Recipient of the VLP’s 2015 Tradition of Excellence Award


VLP Board Member and Past BBA President, Andrea Bonina; VLP Executive Director Heidi Henderson; Allan L. Gropper, Retired U.S. Southern District, New York Bankruptcy Court Judge, recipient of the VLP’s 2015 Community Leadership Award


Awards presented to the VLP’s 2015 Honorees


Representatives from Event Sponsor TD Bank


Gala Event Committee Member Richard A. Klass; BBA Second Vice President Aimee L. Richter; VLP Board Member Steven D. Cohn


Sarah and Karoly Gutman with Henry B. Gutman, Of Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Recipient of the VLP’s 2015 Building Bridges Leadership Award


BBA President Avery Okin; VLP Board Member and former BBA President Andrea Bonina; VLP Board Member Paul A. Golinski


New Foreclosure Intervention Clinic Begins May 27, 2015


Eric Adams Cherubin LS clinic photo

Brooklyn VLP Director of Legal Services Sidney Cherubin with Attorney Fraidy Nachman of LSNY-BB, client, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn VLP has partnered with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to offer free services for Foreclosure Intervention on the 2nd Wednesday of every month between 2:00-5:00 pm. To make an appointment, call 718-802-3777.







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