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  1. CLF Announces 2020 Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Winner

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation (CLF), a nonprofit organization that encourages the development of human potential and supports community empowerment, is pleased to announce the winner of its 2020 Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship. The annual award honors one student helping in the fight against distracted driving with a $2,500 scholarship to be applied toward further education.

    Recognizing the dangers surrounding distracted driving, each year CLF invites students attending college in the Greater Pittsburgh Area to submit an inspiring essay about distracted driving awareness. These essays can be about a personal experience, a proposed awareness campaign, or technology and its impact on distracted driving in the United States.

    In her winning essay, Eva Hanselman reflects on several personal experiences related to distracted driving: both when a family member was almost hit head-on by a driver who was texting as well as when a family friend was distracted and crashed her car.

    “[These incidents] caused me to wait until I was 18 to get my license (instead of 16 like my friends). Those two experiences, in addition to the responsibility of eventually driving my three young siblings, made me realize that I wanted to be absolutely sure of my driving ability,” writes Hanselman, who will attend Mercyhurst University this fall. “When I get in the car, I keep my purse on the floor with my phone inside it on silent. I keep the radio off or on low, and a window is always cracked so I can hear patterns in the traffic more clearly.”

    Distracted driving injured more than 400,000 people in 2018 alone and claimed over 2,800 lives during that same time, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, distracted driving doesn’t just affect the driver. Of the 2,841 lives taken, more than 1,000 “nonoccupants” (pedestrians, bicyclists, and others) were killed.

    “Despite the decrease we saw in driving related to the coronavirus, distracted driving continues to be a leading cause of accidents on our roads,” said Eric Chaffin, Foundation Trustee and Founding Partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP, a national catastrophic personal injury law firm in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, “Teens are particularly at risk, but can also be change agents. With our scholarship essay contest, we hope to encourage them to think about distracted driving, the consequences and how they can help us change the mindset behind it.”

    For more information about the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, please visit

  2. CLF Partners With National & Pittsburgh Businesses to Hand Out 10,000 Sandwiches

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    PITTSBURGH, PA, March 19, 2020 – According to Pittsburgh Public Schools, thousands of children in the greater Pittsburgh area are now without school lunches; and the Chaffin Luhana Foundation (“CLF”) wants to help. CLF plans to hand out 10,000 sandwiches next week.

    Beginning at 9:00 AM, Monday, March 23, those in need will be able to use a custom-created drive-through service at Oakmont Bakery (1 Sweet St., Oakmont) to pick up sandwiches. All volunteers will use sterile gloves to ensure as germ-free a process as possible. Turkey, roast beef, and cheese sandwiches will be offered until they run out.

    “Our law firm’s original goal was to talk with 10,000 Pittsburgh area school students about the dangers of distracted driving in April,” explains Eric Chaffin, managing partner of Chaffin Luhana and CLF Trustee. “The talks were scheduled and we had exciting things planned, but then COVID-19 hit and schools closed. We quickly saw kids at home going hungry. So, we went from talking, to taking action to feed them. And since our law firm is national—with offices in New York City and Pittsburgh—we are able to tap into some great resources,” said Chaffin. “I reached out to my friend Peter Priviti at Nations Best Deli Meats in the Bronx, NY, to buy 2,500 pounds of beloved NY Deli meat at cost—and we turned to my dear friend, Marty Griffin, of Sparkt and KDKA News Radio—who knows how to scale projects—to get the sandwiches made and delivered to those in need. Marty brought in the amazing Oakmont Bakery, who we are buying the bread from, and they are making the sandwiches. And 412 Food Rescue committed to help us deliver to the kids. This is truly a win-win that will support businesses and charities, but most importantly, together we are helping the kids and families of the greater Pittsburgh area who are struggling right now.”

    Business and Non-Profit Partners on the 10,000 Sandwiches Food Drive:

    1. Nations Best Deli Meats (Bronx, NY)—Delivered 2,500 pounds of deli meat (turkey and roast beef) from New York City to Pittsburgh that arrived on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
    2. Oakmont Bakery—Mark Serrao and his team have acquired 400 pounds of cheese (a donation from Lamagna Cheese) and lettuce (a donation from Sam’s Club, Tarentum) for the sandwiches, supplying the bread (baked by Cellone’s Italian Bread) the CL Foundation is purchasing, slicing all of the deli meat and cheese, and building and distributing the sandwiches at its location in Oakmont. Giant Eagle, Oakmont Deli and Bird Dog’s Sports Bar will be slicing the deli meat. Additionally, Turner’s Dairy is donating milk cartons and Utz is donating bags of chips as well.
    3. KDKA 1020 AM—Station will promote the 10,000 Sandwiches food drive on air and be live from the location on Monday, March 23.
    4. Sparkt—Community-based website will be live-streaming the event on its website.
    5. 412 Food Rescue—With a refrigerated truck from Tambellini Event Catering, organization will pick up and deliver 2,500 sandwiches to kids on Monday.

    “This idea started when schools were closing, we saw kids who would go hungry and what was happening in the restaurant industry—there was an opportunity to get kids fed and at the same time support these businesses and their employees,” explains Chaffin. “We are so thankful to those who have stepped up and are doing something good for the kids and families in Pittsburgh with us. Their dedication to helping these children has been pivotal to helping our firm and foundation achieve its goal of positively impacting kids,” adds firm partner Roopal Luhana.

    For more information on the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s #10KSandwiches Food Drive, visit

  3. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Partners with the Reeve Foundation to Launch the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge to Benefit Those Living With Paralysis

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    September 25, 2019 (New York, New York) The Chaffin Luhana Foundation (“CLF”) is proud to announce that today—on Christopher Reeve’s birthday—it is partnering with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to launch a social media challenge to raise money for its research initiatives and to recognize everyday Heroes.

    There are 5.4 million Americans—nearly 1 in 50 people—living with some form of paralysis. These individuals, their families, and caregivers are the driving force behind the work of the Reeve Foundation.  Christopher Reeve was a well-known actor who played the original Superman on the silver screen in the 70s and 80s. After a tragic horseback riding accident left him paralyzed, Christopher Reeve, along with his wife Dana, became prominent activists fighting for funding in spinal cord research at a time when many considered it an impossible dream.

    To participate in the Challenge, individuals are asked to first donate to Team Reeve via the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge page, and then post a photo or video of themselves recognizing their inner Hero (someone they personally hold dear who inspires them to persevere through difficult times) and publicly post the photo or video on Facebook, Instagram and/or LinkedIn with the hashtag: #CLFInnerReeveChallenge.  Participants then challenge three friends to do the same, building the movement to recognize unsung heroes and raise money for the Reeve Foundation!

    All Challenge participants will be eligible to enter drawings to win three incredible prizes being donated by the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, including: (1) a Peloton Tread; (2) Garmin Fenix 5 watch; and (3) a 12-month subscription to Peloton Digital! Participants who meet a minimum donation will also receive a cool, limited-edition t-shirt (while supplies last) with the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge slogan: “Find Your Inner Christopher Reeve”!

    The winner of the drawings will be announced by the Chaffin Luhana Foundation at the conclusion of the NYC Marathon on November 3 on Facebook Live (@ChaffinLuhanaFoundation) and on Instagram Live (@ChaffinLuhanaFoundation).  Full details about the Challenge including sample social media posts, details about the cause, the prizes and t-shirts can be found at

    To cap off the Challenge and carry the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge heroes to victory on November 3, CLF Trustee Eric Chaffin, Esq., along with two Peloton friends—Keri Greene-Maskell and Dana Hartman—as well as many others, will be running the NYC Marathon (26.2 miles) for Team Reeve!

    Kelly Lamb, Manager of Team Reeve of the Reeve Foundation, says, “Team Reeve is an integral and irreplaceable wing of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Team Reeve members take on endurance events all over the country with the NYC Marathon being our largest and most celebrated event to culminate the season. Team Reeve aims to raise a half a million dollars every year to go towards groundbreaking spinal cord research throughout the country and the world.”

    “It is amazing to see the scientific developments for spinal cord injuries, and we know that wouldn’t have been possible without the relentless vision of Christopher Reeve,” said CLF Trustee Roopal Luhana. “I have always been inspired by the determination of Christopher and Dana to advocate for those impacted by any form of paralysis. It is an honor for CLF to partner with the Reeve Foundation to do some good.  And of course, I am beyond excited to be running my first marathon for such an important cause,” said CLF Trustee Eric Chaffin.

    Details around the #CLFInnerReeveChallenge, suggested social media posts, donor links, prize entry, information about Team Reeve, and answers to many other questions can be found at:

  4. Chaffin Luhana Pittsburgh Team Walks to Fight Alzheimer’s

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    This past Saturday, team members from the Chaffin Luhana LLP Law Firm, along with their families, friends, and 4,000 other Pittsburgh area residents walked along the North Shore in an effort to fight Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in this 2-mile walk to raise awareness for such an important and life-altering issue.

    Chaffin Luhana Alzheimer's Walk Pittsburgh

    The Chaffin Luhana team raised $1,450 for the Alzheimer’s Association which will be used to raise awareness, provide support, and advance research on this life-threatening disease which affects 5.7 million Americans.

    This debilitating disease impacts not only the patients, but also the family and friends which provide care and support throughout the stages of the disease. In Pennsylvania alone, over 400,000 adults suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, which directly impacts over 675,000 caregivers.

    Currently, Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth most common cause of death in America and unfortunately, very little is known about the disease. There is no cure or prevention at this time, which is why raising awareness and supporting research for this disease is so important.

    If you would like to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association through the Chaffin Luhana team, please visit:

    As a member of The Injury Board, Chaffin Luhana has come together with nearly 100 other law firms across the country for this year’s Day of Action in an effort to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.

    Along with participating in Alzheimer’s Association Walks, the firm will be interviewing 13 members of the Alzheimer’s community, including researchers, caregivers, support counselors, and more. We’ll be publishing our interviews in various formats across our New York, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia Legal Examiner sites throughout the month of November, which is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

    If you’d like to stay up to date on our Alzheimer’s disease interviews, be sure to follow us on Facebook. We’ll be sharing the interviews as they’re published.

  5. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Announces Winner of 2017-2018 Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is pleased to announce that Carson Kim is the winner of our annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship. This scholarship honors a student working to fight distracted driving by awarding them a $2,000 Foundation scholarship to be applied toward their education.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016, with another 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted driving in 2015. They add that during the daylight hours, about 481,000 drivers use their cell phones while driving, creating “enormous potential” for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that young adult and teen drivers are particularly at risk, as drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety discovered in 2015 that distracted driving in teens was a bigger problem than previously believed. Their video analysis of teen drivers revealed that distraction was a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes—four times as many as previous estimates showed.

    In June 2017, the AAA reported that new teen drivers ages 16-17 years old were three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, noting that fatal teen crashes “are on the rise,” increasing more than 10 percent between 2015 and 2016.

    Recognizing the danger to young adults in particular, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation invites students every year to submit an inspiring essay about distracted driving. These essays can be about: (1) a personal experience with distracted driving; (2) about a proposed distracted driving awareness campaign; (3) or about how technology has impacted the rise of distracted driving in the U.S., and how it may be used to solve the problem.

    Nearly 300 students participated in this year’s Chaffin Luhana Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Contest. We applaud their efforts and dedication to this deadly problem that plagues our roads. We hope you continue to raise awareness with your friends, family, and community to help reduce and eventually end distracted driving.

    This year’s winner, Carson Kim, a senior at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, chose to write on option three. In his essay, entitled, “Steering Toward the Future,” he explains why technology is both the problem and the solution to distracted-driving injuries and fatalities and gives examples of new innovations, devices, and apps that could help minimize drivers’ temptation to engage in distractive behavior. Carson will be attending The University of California in Fall 2018.

    “The Chaffin Luhana Foundation seeks to highlight young individuals who are displaying outstanding characteristics in their lives, and who have the potential to create positive change in their communities,” said Eric Chaffin, founding partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP, a plaintiffs-only law firm. “Some of the most effective solutions to this growing problem are coming from youth, and the scholarship seeks to reward and recognize those working on solutions.”

    “Distracted driving is an issue that weighs heavily on our minds, as studies show it’s only getting worse as technology advances. Too many people are being hurt and killed. We have to get control of this problem, and we are inspired when young people like Mr. Kim take the time and effort to examine the world around them and think not only about how it affects them personally, but how they can work in their communities to inspire and effectively create real change.”

    Distracted driving is normally thought to be about using cell phones while driving, but newer, high-tech in-car dashboards are now adding to the problem.

    In a 2017 study by researchers at The University of Utah, most infotainment systems inside 2017 model-year vehicles were found to be so distracting that they should not be enabled while the vehicle is in motion. The lead author of the study, David L. Strayer, stated that we can expect to see more problems associated with distracted driving “as more stuff is at the fingertips of the driver to distract them.”

    Young adults like Mr. Kim and the hundreds of other students who applied to this year’s scholarship are just a small sample of the population working towards raising awareness for distracted driving and making our roads safer.

    The auto manufacturer Nissan is developing an armrest named Signal Shield which blocks cellular service when a phone is placed inside it.

    AT&T has collected over 25 million pledges for their “It Can Wait” campaign in an effort to stop distracted driving.

    Mobile app developers are also trying to prevent distracted driving among teens and adults. Apps like “Lifesaver”, “Drivemode”, and “Trumotion Family” block/silence calls, texts, and app notifications on your phone while driving.

    This problem is real and dangerous, but by raising awareness with your friends, family, and your community, we can work together to prevent injuries and loss of life due to distracted driving.

    Remember to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

  6. Chaffin Luhana Spokesperson Makes Swiss Paralympic Team

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    Paralympic medalist Stephani Victor, the official spokesperson for the Chaffin Luhana Foundation, recently announced that she qualified for the Swiss Paralympic Team and will be competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Paralympic Games that open on March 9.

    “We did it!” she said. “Thanks to Marcel [my husband and coach], I have qualified and will be racing for Switzerland.” Marcel will be attending with an athlete he is coaching from Mexico, Arly Velasquez. “We are demonstrating through sport how friendship supersedes borders,” Stephani added.

    Stephani Victor PyeongChang

    Inspirational Athlete Turns Tragedy Into Achievement

    When Stephani was only 26 years old, she was crushed between two vehicles and dragged 15 feet in a horrible freak accident. Her doctors had to amputate both legs above her knees to save her life.

    “It wasn’t my plan to become a professional athlete,” she says. “It became my destiny.” While recovering in the hospital, she realized she was going to have to fight to keep her independence. “That fight began with a single pull-up in my hospital bed and evolved into a relentless search for the sport I could dedicate myself to.”

    She credits Marcel Kuonen, former Swiss Ski Team racer and coach, for seeing her potential as a paralympic skier. “He sparked the vision for me to recreate myself,” she says, “with no legs as the best alpine ski racer in the world.”

    With Marcel by her side, Stephani started a new journey toward the Paralympics. She would go on to win gold in the Slalom at the 2006 Paralympics, the Overall World Cup title in 2007, three World Champion Gold Medals and one Silver Medal in Korea in 2009, and two silver medals in Giant Slalom and Slalom, as well as the gold in the Super Combined, in 2010 in Vancouver. In 2013 she won several more World Cup Victories, and was named the U.S. National Champion in Slalom in Park City, Utah.

    Now, Stephani has set her sights on the Paralympics one more time.

    Meeting Life’s Challenges with Dignity and Courage

    Stephani has participated in four previous Paralympic games on Team USA, and expressed her gratitude for all her supporters and sponsors. This year, she will participate as part of the Swiss team, “as a tribute to my loving and dedicated Swiss husband/coach,” Marcel.

    She arrived in Pyeongchang the first weekend in March, but unfortunately, her skis didn’t arrive with her. “Delta happened to choose our bags to remove from the plane to reduce their overweight and oversold dilemma,” she said on Facebook. “Ah, LIFE! So consistently surprising and always providing the opportunity to choose—to see the blessings or to fold under the challenges. For those of you facing challenges, let’s choose, in this moment, higher. For I feel the blessings in the calm before the storm.”

    Stephani’s enduring spirit is what has made her not only an award-winning athlete, but an inspiring motivational speaker and spokesperson for the Chaffin Luhana Foundation.

    “Stephani never slows down,” says founding partner Eric Chaffin. “She sets a stellar example of how we should all conduct and handle ourselves under difficult circumstances and in everyday life.”

    Through her work with the Foundation, Stephani seeks to give back to the community in which she grew up. “There’s a lot of good to be done,” she says, “and I’m excited to be working with the Chaffin Luhana Foundation to make it happen.”

    The opening ceremonies for the 2018 Paralympics will begin on March 9th, with skiing events occurring almost every day after that through March 18. Stephanie’s race schedule is as follows. Fans can watch her on the Paralympic Sport TV channel on YouTube.

    • March 9th: Opening Ceremonies
    • March 10th: Men’s and Women’s Downhill,  9:30am-12:30 (women first)
    • March 11th: Men’s and Women’s Super G, 9:30am-12:30 (women first)
    • March 13th: Men’s and Women’s Super Combined, 9:30am-1pm SG (women first), second run SL 3-5pm
    • March 15th: Women’s Slalom, 9:30-11 first run, from 12:30-1:30 second run
    • March 18th: Women’s Giant Slalom, 9:30-11 first run, from 12:30-1:30 second run
    • March 18th: Closing Ceremonies

    For more details on the schedule and the results, please see the Paralympic website.  NBC is also covering the 2018 Paralympics so check your local listings.

  7. Peloton Pay It Forward in February Mileage Challenge

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    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is making charitable donations today in recognition of a group of Peloton cyclists who sought to Pay It Forward in February.

    Each month this particular Peloton group racks up thousands of miles on Peloton bikes around the country. Each cyclist sets a monthly goal. As a group, they rode over 41,000 miles on Peloton bikes in February.

    Yesterday, to challenge the cyclists to do some good together for society at large and to push themselves to surpass their individual goals, Eric Chaffin who is a Foundation Trustee and himself a Peloton enthusiast, pledged for the Foundation to donate $1 per mile that each rider rode over their February goal to a charity of their choice.

    The cyclists collectively surpassed their monthly mileage goals in February by roughly 2,800 miles at last count—and the Foundation is donating $2,800 in honor of these cyclists to be split up among the following nominated charities:

    1. National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Dedicated to curing and spreading awareness of Multiple Sclerosis. [DONATE]
    2. Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center – Dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of sick and injured sea turtles. [DONATE]
    3. American Heart Association Go Red For Women (Long Island) – Raising awareness to prevent heart disease in women. [DONATE]
    4. Star House – Meeting the Needs of Homeless Youth in Columbus, Ohio. [DONATE]
    5. Live Like Jake Foundation – Bringing awareness to drowning prevention in Florida. [DONATE]
    6. Red Sneakers for Oakley – Dedicated to raising awareness about the dangers of food allergies. [DONATE]
    7. Variety, The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley – Enriching the lives of children and young adults with disabilities in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania. [DONATE]
    8. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – Dedicated to fighting and discovering cures for cancer. [DONATE]

    Pay It Forward

    A key mission of the Foundation is to foster acceptance, understanding, and an inclusive and healthy environment for everyone. The Peloton community of cyclists represents the best of these values and the Foundation is proud to pay their miles forward to help create a more positive and supportive environment for everyone.

    If you’d like to make your own donation to any of the organizations above, click the “DONATE” link next to each charity above.

  8. The Chaffin Luhana Foundation Shows Support for the Have-A-Heart Child Fundraiser

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    iHOPE and The Chaffin Luhana Foundation

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. They contribute to about 30 percent of injury-related deaths in the United States and they appear to be on the rise.

    Between 2007 and 2013, rates of TBI-related visits to the emergency room rose by 47 percent. In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children were treated for sports-related injuries that included a diagnosis of concussion or TBI. Other children may suffer a TBI from a fall, traffic accident, or as a result of shaken baby syndrome.

    TBIs in children are even more concerning than those in adults, because of how they may affect development. Both the Sara Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF) and the International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) are working to help prevent, identify, treat, and cure TBIs, and to provide needed services for children struggling to overcome or manage their injuries.

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is proud to work with iHOPE in the past and again this year in their annual Valentine’s Day fundraiser. The Foundation encourages others to contribute to this worthy cause.

    What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Any blow, jolt, or hit on the head that disrupts normal brain function is considered a TBI, though the results can range from mild to severe, depending on how traumatic the blow was, and how much brain function was affected. The most severe types can result in confusion, slurred speech, and even unconsciousness and coma.

    A TBI that occurs in a newborn through 21 years old is considered a pediatric traumatic brain injury (PTBI). These types of injuries are typically viewed as chronic or ongoing, because the child’s development can cause symptoms to change or unfold over time.

    For example, the child may have difficulty learning new things or negotiating more complex social interactions as he or she grows. They may also have short and long-term memory issues, have trouble understanding certain words, or have difficulty paying attention.

    A concussion is just one form of TBI, and typically is a mild form of TBI. Even mild TBIs, though, can cause persistent symptoms. Because children’s brains are not yet fully developed, they are more vulnerable to the negative affects of the injury.

    iHOPE Helps Children with PTBI

    The SJBF is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 and dedicated to improving the treatment of PTBI. Their work brought about the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan), a seamless, standardized system of care universally available for all Americans with brain injury.

    In 2013, they launched the iHOPE-Academy, the only school in New York City for students with brain injuries.

    In 2016, they added on a clinical wing to the school called the iHOPE-Center, which made it possible to double student enrollment and offer services after hours and on weekends. Their goal is to eventually expand the school to other metropolitan areas of the country and around the world.

    “There is no established leader in the educational landscape for children and youth with brain injury,” their website states, “and the International Academy of Hope is poised to step into this void….”

    On Valentine’s Day, iHOPE is running their “Have-a-Heart” fundraiser and asking individuals to sponsor a $10 valentine for an iHOPE student. Each valentine will be displayed on the school’s “Hall of Hearts.” Participants can also share their stories on social media with the hashtag #HaveAHeart, and ask friends and family to sponsor a student valentine.

    The Chaffin Luhana Foundation is proud to sponsor one student valentine on behalf of each of their team members, and asks you to consider participating too! Simply visit iHOPE’s website to donate today.

    If you’d like to make a separate donation to iHope, you may do so via PayPal on their Donation page or via direct mail to the address below.


    The International Academy of Hope

    101 West 116th Street, Floor 2

    New York, NY 10026

  9. The 2017 Chaffin Luhana Foundation, Give Back, Recap

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    2017 Chaffin Luhana Foundation, Give Back, Recap

    This past year, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation was able to give back locally and nationally in many ways. From honoring a student with a scholarship for her outstanding contribution to distracted driving awareness, to giving away over 600 turkeys and trimmings to those in need throughout the Pittsburgh area, the Foundation pushed forward with its mission of Doing Good by Doing Right.

    Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship

    In March 2017, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation hosted a scholarship essay contest to raise awareness for the dangers of distracted driving.

    After reviewing over 300 essay submissions, the Foundation awarded Karen Sandoval from Aurora, Colorado a $2,000 scholarship to honor her outstanding dedication to the issue of distracted driving. Karen’s essay submission highlighted her experience working with JJ’s Light Foundation, which provides financial support and counseling resources to youth who have lost a parent to distracted driving.  In her essay, Karen wrote about a week-long distracted driving awareness campaign that she helped organize with JJ’s Light Foundation at her high school.

    Hurricane Relief Efforts

    2017 was the worst year for damage and fatalities due to hurricanes since 2005. Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico were hit the hardest, resulting in hundreds of billions of dollars in damages and hundreds of lives lost.

    To help support ongoing disaster relief efforts, a group of middle school friends from Rye, New York, hosted a local bake sale to raise donations for One America Appeal, a relief effort launched by all five living former American presidents.

    The group of friends raised $750 and the Chaffin Luhana Foundation matched their donation to support hurricane relief.

    Gave Away 600+ Turkeys and Trimmings Throughout Greater Pittsburgh

    To help serve those in need in the Greater Pittsburgh community and to continue honoring our commitment of “Doing Good by Doing Right,” The Chaffin Luhana Foundation, gave away over 600 free turkeys with holiday trimmings to needy families and individuals.

    Our Foundation worked with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania to invite those in need to receive a free holiday turkey plus holiday trimmings.

    We also donated surplus turkeys and trimmings to The Crafton Ingram Pantry, The Grandview Church of God, The St. Philip Church, and The St. James Parish.

    250 Sandwiches for New York City’s Homeless

    Each year, more than 116,000 New Yorkers depend on the city’s shelter system. During the winter and holiday season, homeless shelters are stretched to the max and need as much support as possible.

    In December 2017, the Chaffin Luhana New York team contributed to the organization’s efforts by coming together in our NY offices to make 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless. The sandwiches were later donated by One Sandwich at a Time to a New York food shelter. The Foundation also made a financial donation of $250.

    Team Photo Finished Sandwiches

    Donations to 25 Charities Nominated by Chaffin Luhana Team Members

    To continue our ongoing mission of “Doing Good by Doing Right”, during the 2017 holiday season, the Foundation invited Chaffin Luhana team members to nominate a charitable organization of their choosing to receive a $250 donation. The Foundation has done this each of the past 4 years.

    Within one week, 25 donations were made to the nonprofit organizations below in honor of our team members, totaling over $6,000!

    1. Alzheimer’s Association: Greater Pennsylvania Chapter
    2. Ashlie’s Embrace
    3. Bowery Residents Committee
    4. Chester-Newell FISH
    5. Child Find of America
    6. Cribs for Kids
    7. Crisis Center North
    8. DARE New Hampshire
    9. Dress for Success
    10. Forever Home Beagle Rescue
    11. HealingSPACE at YWCA Bergen County
    12. Humane Animal Rescue
    13. Kitten Lady Inc
    14. National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
    15. Operation Smile
    16. Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team
    17. PowerMyLearning – New York City Region
    18. Robin Hood
    19. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh
    20. Russell Nesbitt Services, Inc.
    21. Satchels of Caring Foundation
    22. South Hills Pet Rescue
    23. Suzie’s Pride Big Cat Sanctuary
    24. The Miracle League of the South Hills
    25. Unidos c/o Hispanic Federation

    We’d like to give a special thanks to our dedicated team, the students, the organizations, and everyone else who made all of this possible. With your help, we were able to support thousands of families and individuals across the country and show that we stand by our mission of Doing Good by Doing Right. Every day. In everything we do.

  10. Chaffin Luhana Foundation Supports NYC Shelter by Making 250 Sandwiches

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    CLF and OSAAT

    On December 19, 2017, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation hosted a sandwich-making event for the homeless at our New York office to give back to the local community.

    Why sandwiches? Because homeless shelters need them. They’re easy and convenient, and basic enough that most people enjoy them. Shelters can give them out to residents for their lunches, and in New York, our shelters are in dire need of help. According to the New York Daily News, in 2015, the city’s homeless population reached 60,000.

    Homeless Population in New York is Rising

    Part of the problem is the city’s housing crisis, which has sent a growing number of families to shelters. The Bowery Mission, which has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, notes that during the course of each year, more than 116,000 different homeless New Yorkers, including more than 42,000 children, sleep in the shelter system. That stretches these shelters to the max, and they need help.

    New York’s shelter population is 10 times the size of other big cities’, and has been growing rapidly over the past several years. With rent costs skyrocketing, more and more families are unable to leave the shelters, and end up staying much longer than they used to.

    In March 2016, the New York Daily News reported that the number of families with children in city shelters had been rising for months. Yet the shelter system was already strained, with some shelters so overcrowded the city had to resort to using hotels to accommodate people.

    Making Sandwiches

    Chaffin Luhana Gets Together to Feed the Hungry

    The situation makes it clear that the homeless need our help, and the Chaffin Luhana team has been pitching in where we can. Over Thanksgiving, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation gave away over 600 free turkeys with trimmings from our Pittsburgh offices to the Greater Pittsburgh area. With the Christmas season approaching, we wanted to give back to the community at our New York office too, so we chose to partner with “One Sandwich at a Time.”

    This non-profit organization helps feed hungry New Yorkers every day. Founder Erin Dinan tells the story that inspired her to start this project: She was hurrying to her train one day when she stopped for a sandwich. As she headed for the platform, a homeless man asked her for money. She gave him half her sandwich instead, and she was touched by his gratitude. She realized that something so simple –a  sandwich– that most of us take for granted could be something wonderful to a homeless individual.

    Erin started making more sandwiches that day, and soon she and a friend created One Sandwich at a Time, which has now helped feed over 100,000 hungry New Yorkers.

    Doing Good by Doing Right. Every Day. In Everything We Do.

    On December 19, 2017, Chaffin Luhana team members contributed to the organization’s efforts by coming together in our NY offices to make 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The sandwiches were donated by One Sandwich at a Time to a New York food shelter. Like our turkey giveaway, the experience was fun and gratifying, and helped us all feel that we were giving back to the community during the holiday season.

    “It felt so great to make some simple sandwiches, knowing they would be given to needy individuals and families within a few hours” said team member and Office Manager, Stephanie Murdough. “It didn’t take a lot of our time or effort, but it was rewarding realizing that these sandwiches were going to those who really needed them. I’m thrilled to be a part of a law firm that chooses to ‘do good by doing right’ by giving back to the community.”

    If you’d like to host your own sandwich-making event or contribute to One Sandwich at a time, please see their website.

    Setting Up Team Photo Finished Sandwiches