Walter Camp Football Foundation Coat Drive Sponsored By Berchem Moses PC Generates Hundreds Of Warm Winter Garments For The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Homeless Program And Toys For The South Norwalk Secret Santa Program

More than 250 guests attended charity drive and tailgate party held before the Yale vs. Holy Cross football game at historic Yale Bowl

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Photo courtesy of Marsal Studios. Pictured are representatives from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center and Berchem Moses PC.

NEW HAVEN, CT: The annual Walter Camp Day at the Yale Bowl was held on Saturday, September 21, when the Yale University Bulldogs hosted the Holy Cross Crusaders. Berchem Moses PC sponsored the pre-game event for the eleventh consecutive year to support the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). This year, the event benefitted the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Homeless Program (CSHHC) and the South Norwalk Secret Santa program. Fans, friends and firm clients were asked to bring a gently used coat or a new toy to support these very worthwhile causes, and in return, received a free general admission ticket to the game. Attorneys and clients of the law firm donated hundreds of warm garments, toys and games.

Additionally, guests had the opportunity to have their photo taken with the Walter Camp Player of the Year Trophy and the Heisman Trophy won by Yale football player Clinton Frank in 1937. The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award is given annually to the collegiate American football Player of the Year as decided by the NCAA Division I-A head coaches. Walter Camp played college football at Yale College from 1876 to 1882 and is known as the "Father of American Football". The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

"This annual event is very significant to the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the community," said Mario Coppola, WCFF President and Partner at Berchem Moses PC. "Each year the charity drive has grown exponentially, bringing hope and happiness to thousands of people throughout Connecticut who are suffering from poverty and homelessness." Coppola added.

The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center’s Healthcare program provides medical care for those affected by homelessness in the Greater New Haven area. More than 3,380 people are homeless on the streets of Connecticut on any given night, and the CSHHC’s team helps them where they are living … in parks, under bridges, and in shelters. Care is available regardless of age and length of homelessness. Many of these services are offered free of cost. Additionally, site locations have services available which include, primary care, mental health counseling, substance treatment, emergency dental services, nutrition counseling, eye care, vaccinations and prescription medications. Case Management is also available to help people who are homeless with issues related to employment, education, housing, legal matters, food, clothing, transportation and childcare.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven-based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Walter Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team. Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.

The statewide firm of Berchem Moses PC has offices in New Haven and Fairfield counties and represents municipal, public, corporate and individual clients in a variety of legal matters throughout the state of Connecticut. The firm employs over 70 people including attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff. Berchem Moses PC actively supports the community through major sponsorships and several pro-bono partnerships with non-profit organizations such as the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center. For more information visit www.berchemmoses.com or call (203) 783-1200.