Robinson+Cole Metro New York office managing partner Steven L. Elbaum (right) presents former New York Giants star defensive end George Martin with the inaugural Robinson+Cole Giving Cup Award at a reception at The Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, on Monday, December 8, 2014. The firm honored Mr. Martin with the award for his work in support of 9/11 first responders with their ongoing medical needs. (contributed photo)
STAMFORD, CT - Robinson+Cole presented NFL football legend George Martin of the New York Giants with its inaugural Giving Cup Award at a reception at The Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, on Monday, December 8, 2014. The firm honored Mr. Martin for his work in support of 9/11 first responders and their ongoing medical needs.
“Robinson+Cole’s lawyers and staff have a long tradition of contributing their time, leadership, and financial support to the nonprofits that are vital to enriching our communities,” said Steven L. Elbaum, managing partner of Robinson+Cole’s Metro New York offices. “This year, through our first Giving Cup Award, we are creating a new tradition: recognizing an individual or organization that has demonstrated exemplary volunteer work. It is an honor to present this inaugural award to Mr. Martin, who embodies the spirit of the award.”
Along with a commemorative award, Robinson+Cole presented Mr. Martin with a check for $2,500 to support the efforts of his nonprofit organization, Journey for 9/11. Robinson+Cole also invited first responders from the local area to attend the reception as honored guests, recognizing them for their selfless service. About 100 people, including representatives from VOICES of September 11th, local first responders, local survivors, clients and friends of the firm, and Robinson+Cole lawyers, attended the private event.
At the reception, Mr. Martin spoke about his work to help first responders and shared inspiring stories from his journey across the country. He also talked about his new book Just Around the Bend – My Journey for 9/11, which chronicles his 3,000-mile walk across America, and signed copies for those in attendance.
“I am honored to be recognized by Robinson+Cole,” said Mr. Martin. “Helping the everyday heroes in our lives has been a cause close to my heart for a long time. I’m grateful that through this event Robinson+Cole chose to bring attention to the very real need of first responders from 9/11 to receive ongoing medical care.”
Additionally, Mary Fetchet, founding director of VOICES of September 11th, spoke about the important work of the organization to help families heal after tragedy, a vital mission that began after 9/11.
“Survivors need the ongoing support of their communities,” said Ms. Fetchet. “It was an honor to participate in Robinson+Cole’s very special event recognizing George Martin for his work to assist 9/11 responders.”