Zarwin Baum’s March Madness Event Raises $300,000 for Philabundance Since 2010

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Zarwin Baum’s 16th Annual Game Watching Party Puts the “Fun” in Fundraising

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“As the event grew, Zarwin Baum made the event our own, and in the spirit of our corporate philosophy of charitably serving our community, leveraged the event as a platform to raise funds for Philabundance." Managing Partner Mitchell Kaplan, Esq.

Business executives from across the Greater Philadelphia Region gathered Thursday, March 15 for prominent law firm Zarwin Baum’s 16th annual March Madness event, watching NCAA tournament coverage while raising money to alleviate hunger throughout the Delaware Valley.

Held at Philadelphia’s Crystal Tea Room, the sold-out event benefited Philabundance, the region’s largest provider of emergency hunger relief.

“With more than 700,000 people struggling with food insecurity in the Delaware Valley, proceeds from this event are going to help feed the children, seniors and families in our area that do not know where their next meal is coming from or if they will have one at all,” said Glenn Bergman, Philabundance’s Executive Director.

Bergman said Zarwin Baum’s partnership with Philabundance has raised more than $300,000 since 2010.

Guests this year watched nine full hours of NCAA game-day coverage while networking with some of the city’s leaders and basketball enthusiasts. Over 2,500 guests attended the invitation-only networking event.

A full-service whiskey bar by Smith’s, “basketball throws” and gin, Irish whiskey, craft beer and liquor tastings were available as well as an extensive silent auction and a live auction. Participating restaurants included Smith’s Positano Coast, Del Frisco’s, Dim Sum Garden, Jane G’s, BRU, Revolution Taco, 33rd Street Hospitality, Scarpetta’s, Zavino and Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCKatering).

“16 years ago 4 local companies held the first March Madness, a networking event surrounding the NCAA Championship Basketball Tournament to bring together regional businesses for a day of comradery and networking,” said Managing Partner Mitchell Kaplan, Esq. “As the event grew, Zarwin Baum made the event our own, and in the spirit of our corporate philosophy of charitably serving our community, leveraged the event as a platform to raise funds and awareness for Philabundance, the largest food bank in the region.”

Founded in 1960, Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C. has combined philanthropy with its expert legal services. Zarwin Baum, which combines legal expertise with practical experience, counts many businesses including Fortune 500 companies among its clients. It is ranked by Martindale-Hubbell as a preeminent law firm in the U.S.

Its members are leaders in a wide variety of civic and philanthropic organizations, in keeping with the firm’s culture of improving the community where it does business. Zarwin Baum has created and sponsored numerous charity events that have raised significant funds for some of the most highly regarded charities in the region.

Among them is Philabundance, which in 2017 distributed 25 million pounds of food through its own programs and a network of 350 partner agencies. Officials say they can stretch a one-dollar donation to provide two meals.

ABOUT ZARWIN BAUM:

Zarwin Baum is a multi-practice, mid-size regional law firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Zarwin has a full-service commercial department including litigation, real estate and corporate as well as a comprehensive insurance litigation department. The firm is dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal services while maintaining economic efficiency. They have pursued this commitment by being technologically sound and building a team of talented, diligent and practical attorneys who understand the needs of their clients.

ABOUT PHILABUNDANCE:

Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, serving more than 90,000 people each week in nine counties in PA and Southern NJ. Of those served, 30 percent are children, 16 percent are seniors and adults served include college students, families and the working class. Philabundance rescues, purchases and accepts donated food, and distributed 25 million pounds in 2017 through its own programs and a network of 350 partner agencies. A one-dollar donation provides two meals – Give now or learn more at Philabundance.org.

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