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Bergh Honored as Distinguished Volunteer for Work with the Salvation Army

November 16, 2009

Novi, Michigan Nov. 16, 2009 – Varnum estate planning attorney Thomas Bergh was recognized as a Distinguished Volunteer by the Detroit chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professional at its National Philanthropy Day dinner on November 12, 2009 for his work on behalf of the Salvation Army.

Among other honorees included George Blaha of Fox Sports Detroit and Art Van Elsander of Art Van Furniture. Over 600 guests representing major Detroit area charities were in attendance.

Bergh has served on the Salvation Army's Planned Giving Advisory Committee for over 10 years. He meets regularly with the Salvation Army's professional fundraising staff, and presents to Salvation Army staff and potential donors on philanthropy, including the use of wills and trusts, and the tax benefits of giving.

Bergh has practiced estate and business planning law for more than 20 years. His estate planning experience includes planning and drafting complex trusts of all kinds and their administration, including audit representation before the IRS and litigation.

Bergh is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Law, Taxation, and Business Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He is past president of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, the largest multidisciplinary professional group of estate planners in Michigan. Bergh also serves as an adjunct professor of taxation law for the Thomas Cooley Law School at its Oakland County campus.

Established in 1888, Varnum is a leading Michigan law firm providing a broad range of legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients. With more than 150 attorneys in five offices, Varnum serves as counsel to growing businesses and institutions throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Varnum's web site address is

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