Newsmaker: Jon Perry
Noteworthy: The Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association is giving Perry its Daniel M. Berger Community Service Award on Friday. Perry and his wife, Joni, founded the Pennies from Heaven Fund, a charity that spends $300,000 to $500,000 to help parents remain with their hospitalized children. It works with social workers from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
Occupation: Attorney and partner at the Downtown firm Rosen Louik & Perry P.C.
Education: Perry graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in speech communications and received his law degree from Duquesne University in 1991.
Background: The Perrys started the charity in 2001 after their son, Trevor, was treated for acute lymphatic leukemia at age 2 and they learned that many parents couldn't afford to miss work to stay with their children at the hospital. The charity's next fundraiser is a golf outing May 28 at Treesdale Golf & Country Club and people can register at penniesfromheavenpittsburgh.org.
Quote: “Bad things do happen to children. As a society, we just kind of turn our back because it's so uncomfortable. That's the thing that's frustrating and heartbreaking to me.”
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