PLF Attorney Jefferey Ogden Katz and The Up Foundation Raise Nearly $725,000 for Kids in Need

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PLF Attorney Jefferey Ogden Katz and The Up Foundation Raise Nearly $725,000 for Kids in Need

CHICAGO – August 12, 2016 – It began as a late evening conversation between a father and his son. It then developed into the vision and mission of two families to provide support to children and their families facing catastrophic and disabling diseases.  This is The UP Foundation – a family foundation based on the principle of helping children in need through family services, education and awareness. It is a grassroots initiative making a difference in communities throughout Chicago area and touching the lives of children. Jefferey Ogden Katz, a litigation attorney at Patterson Law Firm, and his wife are the founders and driving force behind The Up Foundation along with the Semmelhack family. In the seven years since its creation, The Up Foundation has raised more than three quarters of a million dollars to assist and benefit children in need.

Recently, The Up Foundation held its “7th Annual Driving for Dreams” charity golf event at The Glen Golf Club in Glenview, Illinois. This year, Katz, his wife and the Semmelhacks presented a check for $140,000 to the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), the leading national organization that funds research for congenital heart defects. Since 1996, the CHF has funded more than 67 research projects with more than $8 million dollars in donations.

“The Up Foundation continues to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families,” said William Foley, Executive Director, Children’s Heart Foundation. “This year, The Up Foundation’s support of CHF will assist in our ability to fund life saving congenital heart defect research and our continued efforts in driving for a cure.”

For such a young organization, The Up Foundation is proud to make such a positive impact on children and families.  Over the past years, The Up Foundation has partnered with local and national organizations such as Autism Speaks in addition to CHF.

Driving For Dreams 2016
The Up Foundation invited golf lovers and corporate and community leaders to meet on the greens for a day of fun and relaxation to benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation. The UP Foundation’s seventh annual Driving For Dreams golf outing was on held Monday, August 8, 2016 at The Glen Golf Club in Glenview, Illinois.  An awards, dinner and auction followed the tournament.

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 Jefferey Ogden Katz is a leading litigation attorney and has handled numerous professional liability cases throughout the country. Mr. Katz and The Patterson Law Firm, LLC regularly represent individuals, private and public corporations and law firms in litigation, trials and alternative dispute resolution involving professional liability and disciplinary issues. Mr. Katz also represents attorneys before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC); attorneys with respect to practice expansion and multi-jurisdictional practice issues; and candidates for admission to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar.

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