Yesterday evening, United Way and the Bay Area General Counsel Group presented the 21st Annual Koko Challenge Awards, recognizing local law firms for running exceptional United Way fundraising campaigns. This year, 18 participating firms raised $1.3 million for charitable causes – up 10.5% over 2008.
The 2009 top award recipients, recognized by firm size, were:
• Baby Koko (1-45 attorneys) – Bryan Cave
• Little Koko (46-100 attorneys) – Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker
• Big Koko (100+ attorneys) – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Each winner received a furry, stuffed toy gorilla based on Koko, the female gorilla who learned sign language and had her own pet cat. Many of the winning firms display their “trophy” in a lobby or other prominent location to showcase their organization’s accomplishments and impact on the community.
The Silverback Award, which recognizes a partner-level attorney for his or her extraordinary efforts and personal leadership during the campaign, was presented to Kevin Haroff, a partner of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
This year’s “Top Banana” award was given to Stephanie Blazewicz an associate at Bryan Cave for her enthusiasm and dedication as the coordinator of the firm’s United Way campaign.
Read the entire Koko Challenge Press Release.