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Varnum Receives Children's Leukemia Foundation Corporate Leadership Award

February 22, 2013

As they prepare to open their first office outside the Detroit area, the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan will honor Varnum as the recipient of the 2013 President's Corporate Leadership Award.

The award is being given in recognition of Varnum's long-standing relationship with CLF through activity by attorneys in the firm's Metro Detroit office. CLF was founded in Detroit in 1952 by a group of families who had all lost a child to leukemia. The foundation was created to lend financial and emotional support to patients and their families facing a diagnosis. Foundation programs include casework support, financial assistance, and respite and recreational programs for children and their families.

CLF will open its first West Michigan regional office In April this year. This office will emphasize the foundation's commitment to the nearly 800 West Michigan families in the region with whom they are currently working. Additionally, CLF will host their first West Michigan fundraiser, CRUSH Grand Rapids Wine and Food Classic, on Saturday, March 9. All funds raised will stay in West Michigan to benefit patients and their families. 

Varnum attorney Brett Rendeiro, who formerly worked in the firm's Grand Rapids office and has been based in Metro Detroit for the past several years, has taken the central role in building Varnum's relationship with CLF. Rendeiro has served on the CLF Board of Directors since 2009. During that time, Varnum has become a dedicated pillar of support for the Foundation. In addition to sponsoring numerous CLF events, Varnum's attorneys and employees have contributed by organizing and participating in events to benefit the patients and families supported by the Foundation.

The CRUSH Grand Rapids event will feature food and wine pairings from some of the top chiefs and sommeliers in the area. The event will conclude with an award ceremony honoring Dr. James B. Fahner, the director of pediatric hematology and oncology at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital with the 2013 Pioneers in Medicine Award, and Varnum LLP with the Corporate Leadership Award.

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