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GRAWA holiday gathering includes charitable theme

By: Nora A. Jones//December 13, 2018

GRAWA holiday gathering includes charitable theme

By: Nora A. Jones//December 13, 2018//

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Helen Wiley and U.S. Magistrate Judge Marion Payson pause to get their name tags from GRAWA Membership Committee Chair Diane Cecero

The Dec. 12 holiday party for members of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys brought a revolving door of guests to the home of past GRAWA President Denine Carr, and many of the members came bearing gifts of pillows and blankets for distribution to students at Rochester International Academy.

GRAWA President Katie Courtney has a friend who teaches at this school and shared, “This is a school that simultaneously facilitates acquisition of the English language, content knowledge, and academic skills to refugee and immigrant children.”

Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York President Greta Kolcon (center) visits with past MCBA president June Castellano (left) and past GRAWA President Sara Ashcraft (right)

“My teacher friend explained that these children were not asking for toys or electronics for Christmas, but necessities. Pillows, specifically, are viewed by many to be a luxury item, and many families do not have adequate blankets,” Courtney said, as she collected incoming donations and stuffed her van full.

From left: new Wolford Law Firm partners Vickie Gleason and Laura Myers join Lauren Whiting (Pullano & Farrow) and past GRAWA President Eileen Buholtz for a photo

The drive to collect blankets and pillows was dubbed: “And to All a Good Night.” And perhaps the influx of visitors with pillows and blankets had Carr’s neighbors wondering if this was one big pajama party.

Past GRAWA President Jill Paperno with Seventh Judicial District Administrative Judge Craig Doran

A lovely spread from Madeline’s Catering was set up in the dining room and the kitchen was flush with liquid libations, while a separate desserts table offered plenty of holiday treats.

Nora A. Jones is a Rochester-area freelance writer.

Photo credits: Nora A. Jones

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