The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter will honor Ballard Spahr with its 2011 Community Champion Award in recognition of the firm's longtime support. John B. Langel, partner-in-charge of Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group, will accept the award on behalf of the firm at the Association's Chocolate Symphony Spring Sensation gala dinner on April 2.

"The true champions are the people who do the remarkable work of providing care, treatment, and advocacy for those living with Alzheimer's Disease," Ballard Spahr Chair Arthur Makadon said. "We heartily support their mission and the undertakings of people like our friend and partner John Langel."

Ballard Spahr has been a proud supporter of the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter for more than a decade. Mr. Langel was a member of the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010, serving as Chair from 2008 to 2010. Ballard Spahr attorneys have advised on legal issues related to nonprofit organizations, including the merger of three pre-existing Chapters into the Delaware Valley Chapter, employment matters as the organization’s staff more than tripled, and negotiation of the lease, construction, and relocation of the Chapter's headquarters in Philadelphia. In addition, Ballard Spahr attorneys and staff who have been affected by Alzheimer's have organized and supported Chapter events over the years.

"It has been a pleasure to work with the Alzheimer's Association over the past 12 years," said Mr. Langel. "Seeing the growth of the Chapter as it tirelessly leads the fight against Alzheimers is incredibly rewarding. We look forward to many more years of successful partnership."

"The support and commitment of Ballard Spahr enables Chapter staff and volunteers to focus on meeting the rapidly growing needs of those with Alzheimer's and related disorders in our 18-county community," said Wendy Campbell, President and CEO of the Delaware Valley Chapter. "We are so thankful that this firm understands the enormous impact that Alzheimer's disease has on the well-being of our families as well as the threat it poses to the stability of the Delaware Valley economy."