Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Recognizes Blank Rome Partner as “Woman of Distinction in Law” at 24th Annual Luncheon

April 2017

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Marilyn Chinitz, Partner in the Matrimonial and Family Law group, is the first attorney to be honored with the “Woman of Distinction in Law” Award at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s 24th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on April 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes distinguished New York City women from various fields who are dedicated to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission and have made a difference in the lives of the 1.6 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these inflammatory bowel diseases.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award. As a lawyer, I believe that you have to be a strong advocate for your clients, and I apply that mentality full-force to be a strong advocate for my children and others who suffer from these debilitating diseases,” said Ms. Chinitz. “Current treatments can involve low level chemotherapy, which can wreak havoc on one’s body, especially for children. My goal for the luncheon is to raise more than $1.5 million for research. We have to fight hard and support research because, while there isn’t a cure yet that doesn’t mean there won’t be one someday.”

Ms. Chinitz aggressively sought out experts and research on Crohn’s and colitis treatments after her two children were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She became part of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Fairfield/Westchester Chapter in 2014, the same year she was honored with the Suzanne Rosenthal Humanitarian Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Ms. Chinitz and her daughter, also an attorney, actively raise awareness for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation by making presentations, connecting people suffering from the disease with doctors, and hosting fundraising and awareness events.

Online luxury fashion retailer Moda Operandi is sponsoring the luncheon and will present a variety of items from their Fall Winter 2017 runway collections as part of the fashion show. The event will also include a raffle of items donated by Carolyn Rowan Accessories, Lugano Diamonds, Hermès, Dr. Howard Sobel, June Jacobs, Loree Rodkin Jewelry, Michael Kors, Moda, MTV, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, Nickelodeon, Peter Thomas Roth, Rao’s, Roberto Coin Jewelry, Signy, Susan Foster Jewelry, Viacom, William Goldberg Jewelry, and more. The proceeds of the raffle will go to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation for research on the gastrointestinal tract, DNA sequencing, and more to find viable treatments.

NBC News senior investigative journalist Cynthia McFadden will host the luncheon. Notable attendees include Emily Blavatnik, Alison Brod, Jennie L. DeScherer, Susan Foster, June Jacobs, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, Allison Lutnick, Ninah Lynne, Sondra Mack, Trish McEvoy, Gillian Miniter, Pamela Pantzer, Denise Rich, Lois Robbins, Peter Thomas Roth, Lori Shabtai, Sara Crown Star, Candice Stark, and Bonnie Strauss.