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2020 Foundation Campaign

Our 2020 Foundation Campaign is underway! Every donation counts, every gift matters. Thank you for your generosity!

A message from Foundation Vice President and Campaign Chair, Michael Perley

The popular euphemism for the disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is, “these uncertain times.” This may apply to the more fortunate, however, for some, including your brothers and sisters in the legal profession, the apt term is “crisis.”

Crises are visiting a significant number of lawyers in many forms. There is the financial hardship, occasioned by a loss of work due to restricted access to the courts and a general slowdown in litigation. Elsewhere, bouts of anxiety or depression have been brought on, or exacerbated by, the severe isolation we all experienced during the “PAUSE.” Some have experienced intrusion of substance use disorders into their lives. There are lawyers who cannot work because their children need home schooling. There are attorneys who must take special precautions because of immunocompromised family members. Too many lawyers and their families struggle to survive in what others call, “these uncertain times.” They are on the brink. Fortunately for them, the Erie County Bar Foundation is a resource and is already extending financial and other support.

Times like these are not unprecedented. During the Blizzard of 1977, our area was paralyzed. In response, those who were fortunate enough to have sufficient food, made sure their neighbors did not go hungry. Their generosity was heroic.

This year, I invite you to join them and “Be A Hero.” The Foundation relies solely on the generosity and goodwill of attorneys, like you, to support its mission of helping lawyers and their families in need. Increased stress on the profession results in increased stress on the Foundation’s resources.

We need your help. THEY need your help.

If are able, join other heroes and donate to the Foundation. Please contribute what you can. Every dollar counts.

Finally, and most important, if you need help, please call the Foundation at (716) 852-8687. Your request will be kept confidential. We want to make sure all of us make it through these “uncertain times”.

Michael Perley

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Michael Perley

Michael Perley named as Campaign Chair

Michael Perley, Senior Member at Hurwitz & Fine, PC, and Vice President of the Erie County Bar Foundation, has been appointed as Chair of the 2020 Foundation Campaign. 

We are immensely grateful to have Mike at the helm of this campaign and we are excited to see how this campaign results in many more lawyers and their families being helped in their time of need!


Please contact Heidi Mahon with any questions about donating or the Campaign by clicking here.