The Trusted Adviser
October 2017 | Volume 1 · Number 7


"Still standing!" ATG President Birnbaum, Ringside for Mercy's Sake

Peter J. Birnbaum, ATG President and CEO, takes on Paul L. Langer, managing partner of Quarles & Brady, Chicago.

On October 14, 2017, Mercy Home held its 26th Ringside gala, "Fight Night" fundraiser. The black tie event, held at the Chicago Marriott on the Magnificent Mile, is one of the biggest charitable events in Chicago. At the heart of the evening: Nine live amateur boxing bouts between individuals in the financial, real estate, and legal professions. The fights take place in a full-size ring set in the middle of the Grand Ballroom, surrounded by more than 1,000 cheering guests. One of them was between our own Peter J. Birnbaum (his first) and attorney Paul L. Langer (his third) of Quarles & Brady LLP, Chicago. 

"It was a great experience for a cause that is very dear to me," said Peter. "Paul is a true gentleman. But he is also a great fighter who deserved to win. I am glad that I was still standing at the end. I think the crowd enjoyed the fight. The entire evening was a great success for Mercy Home."

See Peter's thoughts before the event in "Amateur boxers enter the ring for Mercy Home gala," Mercy Home raised funds — early estimates at $950,000 — through ticket sales, raffles, and auctions with Bill and Giuliana Rancic serving as celebrity auctioneers.

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is sustained 100% by private funding.Through the efforts and care of this organization, they have broken the cycle of neglect and abuse for more than 30,000 kids since 1887. Through a safe environment, trained staff, and custom programming, Mercy Home helps kids builds the confidence and skills they need to have successful futures. From the President and CEO of Mercy Home, Father Scott Donahue, "Because of you, we are able to bring light and hope to the children entrusted to our care. These children have seen some very dark moments in their lives.... Because of you, we are able to give them a bright future."

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At the event are ATG Senior Vice President Hank Shulruff (center) with good friends and colleagues from Codilis and Associates, P.C. Burr Ridge, Illinois: Bill McAlister, Vice President and Supervising Foreclosure Attorney, and Ernie Codilis, President.

Highlights of the Birnbaum-Langer bout.

[Originally posted 10-16-17; Last update: 10-18-17]

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