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Cohen, Placitella & Roth Attorney J.B. Dilsheimer Organizes "Home Cook Heroes" Meal for the Gift of Life Family House

On Saturday night, February 1, 2014, Cohen, Placitella & Roth attorney J.B. Dilsheimer organized a group of nine friends to prepare and serve the 50,000th “Home Cook Heroes” meal for the Gift of Life Family House. Mr. Dilsheimer and Cohen, Placitella & Roth provide pro-bono legal services to the Gift of Life Donor Program. The Gift of Life is the non-profit organization that coordinates organ donation in Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and provides education and support services for affected families. Cohen, Placitella & Roth has supported the Gift of Life Program as corporate sponsor of its annual Organ Dash.

In July of 2011, the Gift of Life opened the Gift of Life Family House. The Family House provides housing and support services to the families of loved ones waiting for or undergoing organ transplant. For a mere $40 a night, such families stay in a supportive, hotel-like environment while waiting for their loved ones to get organ donation. Cohen, Placitella & Roth partner Harry Roth and his wife Lisa Heller are members of the Founders’ Circle for the Family House.

As part of his volunteer efforts for Gift of Life, on February 1, 2014, Mr. Dilsheimer and a group of his friends, including his wife Casey Lyons Dilsheimer, Pat and Jeanne Lamb, Robert Shino and Julie Cassel, Aaron Maass and Ashley Via, and Craiger Drake and Denise Duszak, prepared a “home-cooked” meal for the 50-plus family members residing at the Family House awaiting organ donation for their loved ones. Mr. Dilsheimer and his friends planned the meal, purchased the food, and then prepared, cooked, and served it in the Family House kitchen and dining room. The idea for the meal was to provide some “home-cooked warmth” to the people residing at the Family House who have been living away from home and who have not had the opportunity to have a decent home-cooked meal for some time. Remarkably, through the selfless, prior generosity of the many volunteers who support the Family Home, the meal Dilsheimer and his friend cooked up was the 50,000th home-cooked heroes meal served to Family House residents. Details of the meal itself and the importance of this volunteer effort and how to get involved can be found in the following link to a story that CBS Philadelphia ran on the event: https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/02/01/volunteers-provide-special-meal-for-families-focused-on-loved-one-in-need/.

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