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Endowment Newsletter
November 2015
Vol. 2, No. 11
Endowment’s Delaware Wine Event Kicks Off Year-End Giving

ABI’s Mid-Atlantic Region Endowment Fund Committee played host to a multi-course wine-pairing dinner at Domaine Hudson in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 19. The event featured the wines of Le Cadeau Vineyard in Oregon, and was made possible through generous donations from sponsors Gavin/Solmonese, Polsinelli, Proctor Heyman Enerio LLP and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.

The dinner served not just as a great night of fine food and good fellowship but also as a successful kickoff to an important part of the calendar for the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund, as many ABI members traditionally consider year-end donations to the fund as well as look ahead to the recognition and reception that will happen at this year’s Winter Leadership Conference (see below). As always, the Endowment Fund is grateful to the generous support of its sponsors and donors, which continue to help the Endowment fund important bankruptcy research and educational activities.

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Enjoying the November Wine event at Domaine Hudson are (l-r, above) Chris Ward (Polsinelli), his wife Christine, and Shanti Katona (Polsinelli). Sampling some wine (clockwise from left, below) are Nick Verna (Womble Carlyle), Jim Van Horn (McGuireWoods), Derek Abbott, Tom Horan, Matthew Ward, and Frank Monaco (all from Womble Carlyle).

Delaware Wine event 2
Upcoming Events

Dec. 3–5—Winter Leadership Conference: Give and get noticed at ABI’s Winter Leadership Conference! ABI members who pledge or contribute at or above the Sustaining Member level ($2,000 and up) will be recognized at the Friday luncheon and during the Casino Night event on Friday evening. Proceeds from this event benefit the ABI Endowment Fund. Learn more and/or register at

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Jan. 19, 2016—Hockey Night in Philadelphia: Start the new year with a great hockey matchup at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center when the hometown Flyers take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m. Enjoy a fun evening of networking in a luxury suite generously donated by Gavin/Solmonese LLC, complete with food and open bar. Tickets are $200 and benefit the Endowment Fund. This event is sure to be a sell-out! Sponsorships are still available. Firms donating $1,000 will receive a ticket to the suite, signage at the event, and recognition in the ABI Journal and online. A portion of your sponsorship is also tax-deductible!

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If you are interested in sponsoring this or other Endowment-related events, contact ABI Marketing Manager Sharisa Sloan at 703-739-0800 or for more information.

Levels of Support

ABI welcomes new additions to its donor roll at the following levels:

New Lifetime Member
Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport
William S. Boyd School of Law Member

New Sustaining Members
Irving H. Picard
BakerHostetler LLP

W. Lance Wickel
Epiq Systems, Inc.

Rory D. Whelehan
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Support Levels

Millennium Level
(Contributions of $50,000 & higher)

30th Anniversary Circle
(Contributions of $30,000 – $49,999)

Century Council Member
(Contributions of $25,000 – $29,999)

(Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999)

(Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999)

Lifetime Member
(Contributions of $10,000 – $14,999)

(Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999)

Sustaining Member
(Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999)

Leadership Club
(Contributions of $1,000 – $1,999)

(Contributions of $100 – $999)

Pledges at the Leadership Club level and up
are payable over up to five years.

Endowment News

Participate in the 2015 Combined Federal Campaign
Contributions to the Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund are tax-deductible. ABI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. If you have been considering making a donation to the Endowment Fund, you may benefit by making your contribution to Combined Federal Campaign #11391. Your funds will be used to support research and education on insolvency. You can also purchase an item on our Amazon Wish List for donation to an upcoming silent auction. Visit Please consider contributing during the current campaign season (Sept. 1-Dec. 15). Contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or for more information.

Give by Year’s End to Benefit the Endowment (and You!)
If you have been considering making a donation to the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund, you may benefit by making your contribution by year’s end. Checks mailed to a charity are considered delivered on the date that you mail them. In addition, you can pay by credit card online at, or call (703) 739-0800 by Dec. 31 for your donation to be considered tax-deductible for 2015. Donors at the Sustaining Member Level ($2,000) and up will be recognized at the ABI Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 2016 (registration information will be posted at at a later date). For questions about payment options, contact ABI Chief Financial Officer Kathy Sheehan at (703) 739-0800 or Thank you for considering a contribution to support the Endowment Fund.

What the Fund Pays For

ABI Funds Provide Crucial Support to Annual Corporate Restructuring Competition
The ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund helps sponsor the annual Corporate Restructuring Competition, which this year was not only hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business — but won by them! A team from Philadelphia’s Wharton School bested nine other teams from seven schools on November 6. It was the fifth time that a team from Wharton had the honor of placing their name on the Bettina M. White Trophy, presented each year to the winning team. Students were given just a week to solve a hypothetical complex case and present their proposed solutions to judges representing key industry stakeholders.

CRC winners

Co-Chairs Stephen Darr of Huron Consulting Group (third from left) and William S. Sugden of Alston & Bird LLP (third from right) are pictured with competition winners Shawn Alt, Mark Saleme, Fei Sun and Jeff Putnam (l-r) of The Wharton School.

Other top schools competing this year were Dartmouth College (Tuck), Northwestern University (Kellogg School), Duke University (Fuqua), University of Illinois College of Business, University of Chicago (Booth), University of Virginia (Darden) and defending champion Columbia Business School. Both Wharton and Columbia sent two teams. The team from The University of Virginia Darden School of Business earned second place, while Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business took third. ABI’s Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund provided cash prizes of $6,000, $3,500 and $2,500 for the top three teams, respectively.

Endowment Fund
Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Edward T. Gavin
Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Committee Members:
Lisa Beckerman
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Kelly Beaudin Stapleton
Alvarez & Marsal

Richard S. Lauter
Freeborn & Peters LLP

Jerry M. Markowitz
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.

Robert P. Reynolds
Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC

Mitch Ryan
Donlin, Recano & Co., Inc.

Regional Endowment Chairs

Chair: Christopher A. Ward – Polsinelli
Sam J. Alberts – Dentons
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Womble Carlyle
Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Richard M. Meth – Fox Rothschild LLP

Co-Chair: Claire Ann Resop – Steinhilber,
Swanson & Resop

Co-Chair: Mark G. Stingley – Bryan Cave
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Reginald W. Jackson – Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Richard S. Lauter – Freeborn & Peters LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Scott Y. Stuart – GCG
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – CBIZ MHM, LLC

New York Metro
Co-Chair: Lisa G. Beckerman – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Co-Chair: Allen D. Wilen – EisnerAmper LLP

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Dorsey &
Whitney LLP

Lynne Long – Summit Investment
Management LLC

Chair: Robert P. Reynolds – Reynolds,
Reynolds & Little, LLC

Larry R. Ahern III – Brown & Ahern

Chip Bowles – Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Richard P. Carmody – Adams and Reese LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
Jennifer B. Kimble – Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A.
Stephen P. Wheelis – Wheelis & Rozanski, APLC

Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.
Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley &
Scarborough, LLP

Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Christian & Barton, LLP
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – Epiq Systems, Inc.
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA
Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson – Hamilton Stephens Steele &
Martin, PLLC

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed &
McGraw, PC

Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – Berkeley Research
Group, LLC

Thomas H. Grace – Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Co-Chair:  Mitch Ryan – Donlin Recano &
Company, Inc.

Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Scott Gautier – Robins Kaplan LLP

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