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GRAWA holiday party supports Crisis Nursery

From left, GRAWA President Jill Paperno thanks Wende Knapp and Laura Myers for organizing the silent auction fundraiser, items for which can be seen in the background. GRAWA selected Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester as their charitable initiative for the year and donated the money from the auction and other donations to the group at this year’s holiday party. Credit: Nora A. Jones

From left, GRAWA President Jill Paperno thanks Wende Knapp and Laura Myers for organizing the silent auction fundraiser, items for which can be seen in the background. GRAWA selected Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester as their charitable initiative for the year and donated the money from the auction and other donations to the group at this year’s holiday party.
Credit: Nora A. Jones

The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys held its annual holiday party on Thursday, selecting Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester as the organization’s charitable initiative this year.

GRAWA members Wende Knapp and Laura Myers pulled together auction items to give members a choice whether to contribute cash, or buy a silent auction item, with the money from either source going back to Crisis Nursery to help pay for caregivers.

Crisis Nursery is dedicated to providing safe, professional and temporary care to children during family crises, its services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for children ages newborn to 14 years old. The services are free to families experiencing medical emergencies, accidents, mental health episodes and other scenarios where the parents have no one else to turn to for safe childcare.

Between the auction and donations, over $1,500 was collected while dozens of GRAWA members enjoyed food and conversation at City Grill.

– Photos by Nora A. Jones

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marion Payson and U.S. District Court Judge Liz Wolford are both past GRAWA presidents.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marion Payson and U.S. District Court Judge Liz Wolford are both past GRAWA presidents.

Josie Sheppard, Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina PC, and Jessica Millan, a representative of Edward Jones and GRAWA sponsor.

Josie Sheppard, Trevett Cristo Salzer & Andolina PC, and Jessica Millan, a representative of Edward Jones and GRAWA sponsor.

Maritza Buitrago and Monroe County Family Court Judge Joan Kohout pause for a photo.

Maritza Buitrago and Monroe County Family Court Judge Joan Kohout pause for a photo.

Marlene Attardo, Robert Brucato, Liz Novak and Laura Reinhardt seem to be enjoying the party.  Brucato and Reinhardt are both from Counsel Press, one of GRAWA’s sponsors in 2015.

Marlene Attardo, Robert Brucato, Liz Novak and Laura Reinhardt seem to be enjoying the party. Brucato and Reinhardt are both from Counsel Press, one of GRAWA’s sponsors in 2015.

Past GRAWA Presidents Greta Kolcon and Tiffany Lee were there for the holiday party.

Past GRAWA Presidents Greta Kolcon and Tiffany Lee were there for the holiday party.

4_ Jennifer Aronson, a new GRAWA member, spent time talking with Christin Cornetta and Laura Myers.

4_ Jennifer Aronson, a new GRAWA member, spent time talking with Christin Cornetta and Laura Myers.

Federal court employees Lisa Reagan and Natalia Reinstein were among those coming out for the holiday party.

Federal court employees Lisa Reagan and Natalia Reinstein were among those coming out for the holiday party.

In the holiday spirit:  Court of Claims Judge Debra Martin, Gregory Franklin (check out the tie) and Robert Brenna Jr.

In the holiday spirit: Court of Claims Judge Debra Martin, Gregory Franklin (check out the tie) and Robert Brenna Jr.