A coat drive and tailgate party hosted by New Haven firm Berchem Moses drew more than 500 people in support of a charity toy and coat drive before the Yale-Dartmouth football game Oct. 5 at the historic Yale Bowl.
The Yale Bulldogs hosted the Dartmouth Big Green for the third night game in the stadium’s 105-year history. Berchem Moses sponsored the pregame event for the 10th consecutive year to support the Walter Camp Football Foundation and benefit the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center Homeless Program and the Cardinal Shehan Center’s youth programs. Attendees were asked to bring a gently used coat or a new toy in exchange for free admission tickets 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 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 whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.
“The Walter Camp Football Foundation is very appreciative of Berchem Moses PC’s generous support over several years,” said Michael Madera, WCFF president. “Each year the charity drives sponsored by Berchem Moses PC have grown exponentially, bringing hope and happiness to thousands of people throughout Connecticut who are suffering from poverty and homelessness.”
The Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center’s health care program provides medical care for the homeless in the Greater New Haven area. The Cardinal Shehan Center is a nonprofit located in Bridgeport providing recreational, educational, and social services.
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. Camp first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, also a former Yale football coach, is also credited with developing the play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side.
Berchem Moses has offices in New Haven and Fairfield counties.