Pike County Bar Association 2013 Children's Champion Award Honorees
Congratulations to the Pike County Bar Association (PCBA), this year’s Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County (CDD) “Children’s Champion Award” Honorees. PCBA is being honored this year at the 15th annual “Chefs Do Dinner” event for sincere benevolence, dedication and advocacy for educational and therapeutic programs for children. The funds raised at this event are used for educational programs and therapeutic services which CDD provides to over 200 children and families in the local community.
The bar association has been under the leadership of Elizabeth A. Erickson Kameen, Esquire for at least 12 years. Kameen was recently honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association as the recipient for the 2013 Gilbert Nurick award for her commitment to the Pike County Bar Association. The Nurick Award, is presented to one of 27,000 PBA members who exhibits dedication and service to the leadership and promotion of the organized bar and its activities. During Kameen’s term as Pike Co. Bar Association President, one innovation with the largest local impact was the formation of the Pike Co. Bar Association Charitable Committee. Under the guidance of committee chairman Arthur K. Ridley, the bar has been able to provide donations to numerous organizations. Kameen stated “were it not for the fact that our bar is comprised of 86 attorneys all of whom appreciate the need to give back to the community, we would not be receiving this award today. An organization is only as good as its members. We are fortunate to have many wonderful members who appreciate the value of giving back to the community. ”
Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr., Esq., President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Vice-President Francis X. O’Conner, issued a joint statement “on behalf of the 27,000 members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, we are pleased to congratulate the Pike County Bar Association on being chosen for the 2013 Children’s Champion Award by the Center for Developmental Disabilities.
The Pennsylvania Bar Association proudly recognizes the lawyers of Pike County who voluntarily lead and actively participate in efforts to improve their communities and better the legal profession and the justice system.
Children are the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s greatest resource. We commend the CDD and the Pike County Bar Association for your outstanding efforts to improve the lives of children with disabilities. These children are, indeed, fortunate to have caring champions such as you. “
Kameen stated that the Pike Bar has supported many organizations including United Way, Community Outreach Program, Pike Co. Ambulance Squads and Fire Departments, Special Olympics, Safe Haven, Pike County Developmental Center, Pike Co. Humane Society, Pike County Historical Society, Dingman Delaware Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Dyberry Camp, Camp Spears Eljabar, Wounded Warrior, GAIT, Toys for Tots, Christmas gifts for Children and Youth, local libraries, Challenger League Baseball, Adult Literacy Program and numerous other organizations.
CDD holds a special place in the heart of the Pike Bar as the first organization we supported through the initial efforts of the late Jack Linshaw, Esq.. Jack started the Pike County Bar Association tradition of providing a Christmas party each year for the Center for Developmentally Disabled children. Jack would go around to each law office and collect a gift from each attorney or fifty dollars to go into the CDD Christmas party fund. Originally, there would be 8 to 12 gifts needed, with each year setting a new record. In 2012, Attorney Tony Waldron, his wife Debby Waldron purchased and delivered 168 toys to CDD on behalf of the Pike Bar. For the last twenty years, the Waldron family has graciously carried on in Jack’s footsteps by taking trips to the toy store involving at least 8 overflowing shopping carts, numerous trucks and trips for transportation of the gifts to CDD and a lot of time and heart in selecting age and skill appropriate toys according to the suggested toy list provided by CDD.
Linshaw’s legacy continues in 2013. As a tribute to Jack G. Linshaw, Esq., the Pike County Bar Association will donate $15,000.00 for the Jack G. Linshaw, Esquire Infant Care Room at CDD along with Jack G. Linshaw Discovery Garden at CDD at the “Chefs Do Dinner” event Tuesday, March 19th at the Best Western, Milford. One man’s life continues to touch so many others as children reach new milestones each day at CDD. For more information about CDD, see http://cddkids.wordpress.com. For more information about the Pike County Bar Association, see pikebar.com.