Community Involvement by Smith Valliere

Smith Valliere actively supports many friends and organizations in our community. Since our founding in 2007, Smith Valliere has supported many worthwhile organizations such as the Humane Society of New York, the American Swiss Foundation, the Historic Royal Palaces of the United Kingdom, the North Shore Animal League, the Manhattan Institute, the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, and the Federalist Society for Law and Society. The photos and stories below reflect some of the organizations supported by Smith Valliere.

Humane Society of New York

The firm has taken an active role in sponsoring the Humane Society of New York by hosting an annual party for the Society in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Unlike certain other animal-focused organizations (which we view expend too many funds on lawyers and lobbyists), the 100-year-old Humane Society of New York has a long history of caring for animals in need when illness, injury, or homelessness strikes. The Society provides a free medical clinic and a small adoption center for cats and dogs. The Society helps over 34,000 dogs and cats annually.

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The American Swiss Foundation

Created in 1945, the Foundation seeks to preserve and strengthen the historic friendship between the United States and Switzerland on a person-to-person basis. A private, non-profit organization, the Foundation is directed by President Patricia Schramm and Ambassador Faith Whittlesey. The American Swiss Foundation Young Leaders Conference was initiated in 1990 by then-Chairman Ambassador Faith Whittlesey to create meaningful dialogue and foster mutual understanding among the next generation of leaders in Switzerland and the U.S. Every year since then, a group of approximately 50 young Swiss and Americans, aged late 20s to early 40s and nominated by prominent senior national leaders, has participated in the weeklong Young Leaders Conference held in Switzerland.

Mark W. Smith was honored to represent the United States in the American Swiss Foundation's Annual Young Leaders Conference in 2009. Smith spoke alongside Michael Mack at the Foundation's Annual Dinner at New York's Union League Club.

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American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards

Smith Valliere proudly supports the American Theatre Wing, which is dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting education in the theatre. The ATW has been an integral and influential part of the theatrical community for the better part of seven decades, adapting its activities for each successive theatrical generation. ATW focuses today on programs and activities which help students, audiences and members of the theatrical community itself to learn more about what makes theatre tick from the people who make it so vital. Best known for creating The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards, now presented with The Broadway League, ATW has developed the best-known national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet ATW's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York, with educational and media work that offers the very best in theatre to people around the world.

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Historic Royal Palaces - United Kingdom

Smith Valliere proudly supports Historic Royal Palaces. The firm hosted their 2013 annual party in honor of the organization. Historic Royal Palaces is a non-profit organization responsible for the care and maintenance of some of England’s most noted historic sites, including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and Hampton Court. Among other interesting facts, the Tower of London is home to the Royal Family’s Crown Jewels; Kensington Palace was the official residence of Princess Diana and will soon be the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate; and Hampton Court is most famous for being Henry VIII’s residence.

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The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy

Mark W. Smith has served as the Vice President of the New York City chapter of the Federalist Society since 1997, and has been a frequent speaker at their events around the country, including a recent appearance with Ken Feinberg and Richard Epstein. The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, and the Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

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