Mike Zogby, co-chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Group and the Pharma and Life Sciences Group, and a trustee of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF), co-chaired and served as master of ceremonies at the Sixth Annual Lawyers for Tri-County Awards Dinner on May 14, 2019, at the Park Avenue Club. In attendance were more than 150 people in addition to special guests, the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes, Senior United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; Timothy I. Duffy, Esq., founding partner of Coughlin Duffy LLP; and Catherine P. Wells, Esq., chair, Labor and Employment Group, Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
The mission of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund is to provide scholarships to deserving inner-city students that enable them to attend private schools. TCSF raises about $1.5 million annually and supports some 500 students who come from economically challenged communities in central and northern New Jersey. The Awards Dinner raises funds to support the Freedom Scholars program, which assists students in financial need, as well as those with high academic achievement. It is a four-way partnership between Tri-County, participating high schools, students, and their parents or guardians, and enables students to choose values-centered, high-performing private schools. The 2019 dinner raised more than $135,000, and proceeds of the dinner will fund 27 Tri-County high school Freedom Scholarships for the upcoming school year. Tri-County awards scholarships that cover a little less than half of tuition cost, and that amount is matched by the participating schools, leaving the family a minimal balance to pay towards tuition. The Freedom Scholars program is a commitment for all four years of high school. 99 percent of the scholarship recipients graduate from high school and go directly to college - often they are the first in their families to pursue college degrees.