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Heyl Royster Wins 'Lawyers Feeding Illinois' Competition

04/22/2013

Heyl Royster finished first in its category in the Illinois State Bar Association’s “Lawyers Feeding Illinois” food and fundraising drive and competition. Heyl Royster took the top honor by raising more than $12,800 and 2,547 pounds of food items. Heyl Royster competed in the “Mega Law Firm” category, which was made up of law firms with more than 100 lawyers.

Partner, Nicholas Bertschy, who is a member of the Lawyers Feeding Illinois Steering Committee and who spearheaded Heyl Royster's efforts stated, "This was a large, collaborative effort by attorneys and staff in every one of our offices. It is incredibly exciting and gratifying to be a part of an organization with so many caring people."

The firm will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 8, at the ISBA's Chicago Regional Office. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whose office supported the campaign, will speak at the awards ceremony.

Lawyers Feeding Illinois, an initiative of the ISBA and ISBA president, John E. Thies, raised more than 1.27 million meals in a statewide campaign. The campaign was conducted in cooperation with Feeding Illinois, and all donated food and money benefitted the eight regional food banks serving Illinois. Lawyers Feeding Illinois was chaired by Thies' wife, Terry.

The effort was also supported by Illinois judges, who placed collection containers for non-perishable food items in courthouses in all parts of the state. Additional financial support for the project came from Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and the Lake County Bar Association. Numerous local, ethnic and specialty bar associations also participated. 

Feeding Illinois is a coalition of eight Feeding America food banks providing food to 1,885 agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that feed 1.4 million residents across the state. The organization is committed to educating people about the role of food banks in addressing hunger and raising awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to hunger issues. Feeding Illinois is made up of Central Illinois Foodbank, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Peoria Area Food Bank, River Bend Foodbank, St. Louis Area Foodbank and Tri-State Foodbank.

The 32,000-member ISBA (isba.org), with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public through a website (illinoislawyerfinder.com), a cable television program ("Illinois Law"), consumer brochures, and distribution of legal information.