January 2013 NewsFlash

The Pike County Bar Association Donates $20,000.00 to Local Food Pantries through United Way

Pike County Bar Association (PCBA) President, Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, along with fellow attorney/officers Attorney D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, PCBA Vice-President; Attorney James P. Baron, PCBA Treasurer; Attorney Kelly A. Gaughan, PCBA Secretary; and Attorney Elizabeth Burton, PCBA member, on behalf of the Pike Bar, presented a check this week in the amount of $20,000.00 to the United Way of Pike County to replenish Pike County food banks. President Erickson Kameen stated that “for the second year in a row, the bar association has donated $20,000.00 to United Way for immediate distribution to major food banks in Pike County to ease additional burdens placed on families during these difficult economic times especially throughout the holiday season. The generosity of the bar members in assisting to provide for the basic needs of our fellow community members is an example of how good communities pull together to help one another through difficult times. I am grateful for the Pike Bar efforts along with the United Way and the food banks for their combined efforts in the quest to alleviate hunger.”
Catherine Capasso, Executive Director of the United Way explained that our local food pantries are running out of supplies to help families in need. Capasso further stated that the donated funds will be immediately distributed to the local food pantries.

“We are very grateful to the Pike County Bar Association for the generous donation and for their continued support of the community and the United Way of Pike County. Because of the current economic climate, many folks are facing financial hardship and are reaching out for help. Hunger is a growing problem that is not always visible. These funds will provide local food pantries with the vital resources they need to help our friends and neighbors.” stated Penney Luhrs, UWPC President.

“The Pike County Bar Association is a very generous supporter of the United Way of Pike County. We are very fortunate to have generous donors like the PCBA that allow us to carry on the United Way mission, which is to alleviate homelessness and hunger and to enrich the lives of others. We are proud to partner with an organization that looks out for the health and well being of others.” stated Catherine Capasso, UWPC Executive Director.

For more information regarding the Pike County Bar Association, please visit For further information regarding the United Way of Pike County, please visit, or contact Catherine Capasso, United Way Executive Director at 570-296-9980 or call toll free 888-306-6963. For further information about any of the agencies providing services in Pike County can be found at

Photo Caption: Pictured: Front Row L-R: Matt Osterberg, UWPC Board Member and Attorney Elizabeth Erickson Kameen, Pike Co. Bar Assoc. President.
L-R: Back Row: Attorney D. Benjamin vanSteenburgh, Vice President Pike County
Bar Association (PCBA); Penney Luhrs, United Way Pike County (UWPC) President; Attorney James P. Baron, PCBA Treasurer; Attorney Elizabeth Burton, PCBA Member; and Attorney Kelly A. Gaughan, PCBA Secretary.

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