Members of the Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys’ staff recently participated in the Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York’s (LAUNY) first annual awards dinner, “Illumination: An Evening to Elevate the Conversation about Lupus.” Christopher J. Grover, attorney with Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, and a board member of LAUNY, and staff members Allison Cullens and Elaina Perez helped plan the event. Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC, was a sponsor.
“The theme this year was ‘Innovation. Collaboration. Expansion,’ the three keys words the LAUNY staff and board have focused on to both improve community awareness, and provide services to those suffering with Lupus and related autoimmune diseases,” Grover said. “The program also gave special recognition to several heroes in our community, who have supported LAUNY this past year.”
Those honored were: Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, N.Y. State Senator Catharine Young, Dr. Michael Cummings, Kathleen Arnsten, Pauline Ziatts, and GEICO. The event was held at the Barrel Factory, a multi-use redevelopment project in the Old First Ward which includes an event center, distillery, kombucha company, kayak shop, and art gallery.
“We are very proud to support LAUNY in its continuing efforts to raise awareness and eventually find a cure for Lupus,” Grover said. “We have clients who are seeking Social Security benefits because they are no longer able to work due to the effects of this disease, but early detection and better treatment can significantly decrease the impact that Lupus has on a person’s quality of life.”