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VIP in Action Published May 9, 2023

VIP’s Annual Awards Night

We celebrated our Annual Awards Night on May 4th, 2023. We spent the evening catching up with fellow volunteers and VIP staff, heard from this year’s leaders in the VIP volunteer community, and enjoyed food, drink, and a gorgeous vista of our city from the FMC Tower’s Cafe.

We would like to extend a special thank you to two of our clients, Sheila Stevens and Tiesha Hopkins, for joining us during the event. Also to Marc J. Zucker, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Megan E. Watson, President of the VIP Board of Directors, for presenting. If you were not able to attend and would still like to support VIP’s mission, you can donate to Philadelphia VIP below.

Judge Karen Zucker, Tanya Rambert, and Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Board Member Marc Zucker

Gail Griffin and Pooja Agarwal

The award recipients with Executive Director Rida Haq

Award Winners

Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award Winners

Solo Practitioner
Janet Bauman

Small Firm
Kreher & Trapani, LLP

Large Firm
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Toll Brothers, Inc

VIP’s Award Winners

MVP of VIP Award
Mark Fidanza

Pro Bono Impact Award
Rodlena Sales

Trailblazing Partner Award

Award winner Rodlena Sales with her family

VIP guests

Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, with a special thanks to our Presenting and Diamond Sponsors. For a full list of sponsors, please click here to download the program.

Presenting Sponsors


McCarter & English


Dechert LLP


TE Connectivity


Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.


Morgan Lewis


Troutman Pepper

Diamond Sponsors


Ballard Spahr LLP


Barnes & Thornburg


Cozen O'Connor


Duane Morris LLP


Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


Reed Smith

Client Sheila Stevens, award recipient Tim Hoban from Toll Brothers, and Marc J. Zucker

VIP Staff at the Registration table

Get Involved

Since 1981, VIP has inspired and supported volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation to Philadelphians who face legal challenges threatening their basic human needs: housing, family, income, and community. Are you interested in becoming a part of this community? Then click the links below to learn more through our volunteering and donation opportunities.