May 29, 2007Press Release

Michael Best Recognized for Charitable Giving with United Way in Waukesha County’s Inaugural Albert Beck Award

Waukesha, WI – Michael Best and Friedrich was honored this week with United Way in Waukesha County’s inaugural Albert Beck award in recognition of the firm’s unprecedented contribution to the 2006 United Way’s campaign.

Employees of Michael Best’s Waukesha office – the largest firm in Waukesha County – contributed more than $10,000 to the 2006 campaign, exceeding the contributions of any other law firm in the county, said Jayne Thoma, executive director of United Way in Waukesha County.

Thoma said the Albert Beck Award was created to recognize the top contributing law firms in the county. “It is so important to recognize those who are committed to charitable giving. Michael Best exemplifies law firms in that regard.

Pictured left to right:  Chuck Palmer, Albert Beck and Jayne Thoma

”Chuck Palmer, managing partner in Michael Best’s Waukesha Office, said as the largest law firm in Waukesha County it is important that Michael Best take a leadership role in not only the United Way campaign but in community service overall.

“We really want to be part of the Waukesha Community. It is important to give back,” Palmer said. “We have found the United Way in Waukesha County to be a terrific organization, not just from a fundraising perspective, but also because of its deep commitment to serving the needs of the schools and elderly in the community. They have been a fantastic partner with so many clients of ours, such as Pro Health.“ The award was presented to Palmer during a brief ceremony in the lobby of the firm’s Waukesha office. The award was named after longtime attorney and United Way benefactor, Albert Beck.

Beck hung out his shingle in Waukesha County on April 1, 1946. Beck retired earlier this month, at age 91. In presenting the award to Palmer in the lobby of the Michael Best Waukesha office, Beck, praised the firm for not only continuing its involvement with United Way over the years, but also for continuing to increase its giving each year.

“You have all kinds of things that are problems today and there’s just not enough money,” Beck said in thanking Palmer for his efforts to motivate employees of Michael Best. Beck served as president of the board of directors for the United Way in Waukesha County and campaign chairman in 1957. He has been a faithful contributor to the campaign for over 60 years.

United Way in Waukesha County is a non-profit organization that mobilizes community resources to achieve a goal of improving the lives of Waukesha County residents. This goal is clearly stated in its mission - "Building a stronger community by uniting people and resources to measurably improve lives."

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