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Robinson+Cole Lawyer Receives the Bridge Family Center’s First George C. Hastings Award

Robinson+Cole Real Estate + Development Group partner Brian R. Smith received the Bridge Family Center’s inaugural George C. Hastings Award at the Bridge’s Annual Meeting on June 4, 2019 in West Hartford, CT. The award, named for the late Robinson+Cole partner and one of the Bridge’s founding leaders, is presented to an individual who exemplifies Hastings’ strong and compassionate character and who embodies his life-long commitment to serving the underprivileged and those in need. 

Mr. Smith joined the Bridge’s Board of Directors in 2011 and has served as Chair of the Governance Committee for most of that time. His legal counsel has been invaluable to the organization as it opened residential programs across Connecticut. Mr. Hastings was a close colleague and mentor to Mr. Smith at Robinson+Cole and introduced him to the Bridge Family Center through the work of the firm.

“George was a voice for the voiceless, who was driven to overcome challenges and achieve justice. In selecting Brian to receive this award, we have chosen someone who mirrors George’s values, ethics and desire to improve the lives of the children, adults, and families in our community,” said Margaret Hahn, Executive Director of the Bridge Family Center. “We are pleased and proud to present this award to Brian and thank him for his exceptional dedication to our mission.”

The Bridge Family Center is a comprehensive regional nonprofit agency that provides children and families in the Greater Hartford area with a broad range of services, including a Family Resource Center, mental health counseling, residential services, and youth and family services, such as mentoring and positive youth development programs.

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