Sullivan’s Dream Team Wins Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Law Firm Challenge AND the 2015 Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award

Law Firm Wins 10 out of 11 Challenges since 2000; was the top law firm fundraiser in Massachusetts
Press Release
April 1, 2015

Boston, MA – April 1, 2015 – Sullivan, a corporate law firm based in Boston, with offices in London, New York and Washington, D.C., was recently crowned the winner of the 2014 Boston Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Law Firm Challenge. In addition to this honor, the firm was named the winner of the organization’s 2015 Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award.

Each year, the American Cancer Society’s New England Division Board of Directors selects the most inspired and passionate individuals, whose service best exemplifies the Society’s organizational values of mission, stewardship, diversity and respect, to receive this prestigious honor.

The "S&W Dream Team," the firm’s group of employees and friends, works to raise funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Law Firm Challenge all year long. Once again, the firm raised the most money among participating Boston-area law firms contributing more than $62,000 of the $86,000 Boston total. For 10 of the past 11 years, the firm has been the top Boston fundraiser for the Making Strides Challenge.

 "It is an honor to be able to use our time and resources to give back to an organization that has made major strides in the fight against breast cancer," noted Sullivan’s Managing Partner, Joel R. Carpenter. "Congratulations to the many members of our team who worked tirelessly to make this happen. This honor is very gratifying but also bittersweet as we recently lost our COO Dianne Hertneky, who was the lynchpin in organizing our firm’s participation over the years. Dianne was the ultimate champion for Making Strides and she will be deeply missed by all of us." 

Law Firm Challenge Team Co-Captains, paralegal Chris Bullock and former administrative assistant Patti Flannery, headed up the grassroots effort that has produced all ten Law Firm Challenge wins to date. Their endeavors have included an in-house, on-line silent auction that includes the New York and Washington, D.C. offices; a craft fair and raffle featuring homemade items; sales of the "Sullivan Family Cookbook" and a host of other creative initiatives, like collecting fees for "Jeans Friday," and "pizza wars" among the firm’s three locations for recruiting and fundraising that produced real results.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to have the support and passion of Sullivan behind us at our Making Strides Against Breast cancer walk in Boston, and they are most deserving of the Sandra C. Labaree award," said Peg Camp, Executive Vice President and Operating Officer for the Society’s Framingham, Massachusetts-based New England Division. "The dedication, teamwork and creativity that make Sullivan successful in their fundraising endeavors on a yearly basis is inspiring and sincerely appreciated by breast cancer survivors, volunteers, participants and staff alike. Most importantly, their contributions are supporting the Society in its lifesaving work."

Since its inception in 1993, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Boston, one of more than 300 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks held annually in the United States, has raised nearly $58 million to support the American Cancer Society's critical mission to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

In 2014, 40,000 walkers at the DCR Hatch Shell raised nearly $3 million to support breast cancer research, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information, and support legislative advocacy to make sure all women have access to the care they need.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About Sullivan 
Sullivan is a leading corporate law firm advising clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging businesses. With more than 175 lawyers in Boston, London, New York and Washington, D.C., the firm offers services in a wide range of areas, including corporate finance, banking, trade finance, securities and mutual funds, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, tax, real estate and REITs, private equity and venture capital, bankruptcy, environment and natural resources, climate change, renewable energy and water resources, regulatory law, and employment and benefits. For more information please visit

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