(NEW YORK) Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP partnered with Hedge Funds Care (HFC) to raise awareness about child abuse and prevention during a reception at Katten’s New York office on January 16, 2013. The event, which was attended by more than 50 leaders in the hedge fund industry, helped raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse and the efforts of the organization to prevent it and to treat abused children.

“It’s important that we acknowledge the strides Hedge Funds Care has taken to help prevent and treat child abuse,” said Allison Yacker, a financial services partner in Katten’s New York office who serves on the Committee of Hearts of Hedge Funds Care and has worked diligently to further many of their fundraising efforts. “We hope this event enabled members of the hedge fund community to enhance their awareness and understanding of the abuse and neglect that many children face, and to continue the necessary fundraising efforts that make HFC programs and outreach possible.”

The event included a brief presentation by Dr. Kathryn Conroy, executive director and chief executive officer of HFC, who outlined HFC’s involvement in fundraising efforts and their application to child welfare organizations in the tri-state area. She also shared stories of prevention, interventions, research and advocacy.

Katten attorneys are active supporters of the organization, providing legal and financial counsel on a number of different issues as well as volunteer time. In addition to Yacker’s work with the Committee of Hearts, Lance Zinman, partner and head of Katten's Chicago Financial Services Practice, sits on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Hedge Funds Care is an international charity, supported largely by the hedge fund industry with a mission to prevent and treat child abuse. The funds raised are awarded as grants to child welfare organizations throughout the United States, Canada, the Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom and are distributed locally to community-based nonprofit organizations that address child abuse through education, prevention, interventions, research, advocacy and training. Hedge Funds Care is the only grant making public charity that focuses exclusively on funding this cause. Since its inception, Hedge Funds Care has awarded more than 800 grants totaling more than $29 million.