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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Ignites and Inspires Crowd at 6th Annual Bridge to Justice Breakfast

Breakfast Fundraiser Raises $45,000 in Support of Legal Aid Programs in Broward

Gilbert King & Adele Stone, EsqPulitzer Prize Winning Author Gilbert King with Adele Stone, Esq., co-managing shareholder of the Ft. Lauderdale office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, and founder of the Executive Council and the Bridge to Justice Breakfast fundraiser

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (June 13, 2016) – The Executive Council of Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) recently hosted its sixth annual Bridge to Justice Breakfast, presented by Goya Foods, at the Antique Car Museum in Ft. Lauderdale.

The event welcomed 180 attendees drawing from numerous business interests in the Broward community, and focused on how these two legal aid organizations work cooperatively and collaboratively with area partners to deliver pro bono programs and services to the members of the community who need access to justice. Keynote speaker Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, spoke about the important role attorneys played in the civil rights movement. King reminded the audience that it was attorneys like Thurgood Marshall and his team who laid the earliest groundwork for the civil rights movement by taking cases such as Groveland – risking their careers and lives to fight for what they believed in. It also was attorneys who proposed early civil rights legislation which drew attention to the issues faced by the African Americans.

Adele I. Stone, Esq., co-managing shareholder of the Ft. Lauderdale office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, and founder of the Executive Council and the Bridge to Justice Breakfast fundraiser, was the event’s master of ceremonies. Lori Rabinowitz of MARCA and chairperson of the Executive Council also participated in the program.

Proceeds from the event benefit the 6,000 children and families served annually by LAS and CCLA.  Both programs extend free civil legal services and representation to the low-income community including veterans, abused children in foster care, the homeless, victims of domestic violence and senior citizens, among others.

Event sponsors included Goya Foods, Valley National Bank, US Legal Support, the Daily Business Review, Patty and Miles McGrane, CopyScan, Berger Singerman, LLP, CNA, Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, PA, and United Automobile Insurance Corporation (UAIC).

Table Sponsors included Arias Trial Lawyers, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Boardroom PR; Conrad & Scherer, Corporate Insurance Advisors; Corporate Interiors Inc.; Fiske & Company; Jesse Diner, Esq. & Adele Stone, Esq.; Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.; Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC; Kim Vaughan Lerner, LLP; LAWCRAFT; Paper Street; Rosado Search Group; Talenfeld Law; and Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.

Many thanks to the members of the Executive Council: Lori Rabinowitz (Chairperson), MARCA; Andrew Sokol (Chair-Elect), CopyScan, Inc.& RecordSHRED; Mark Schwartz (Past Chair), Corporate Insurance Advisors, LLC; Katherine O. Birnbaum, Esq., Kirschbaum, Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC; Jesse H. Diner, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney/Fowler White Boggs; Joey Epstein, JetSmarter ; Cecelia Garber, MARCUM LLP; Jennifer Gaul, U.S. Legal Support; Miles A. McGrane, III, Esq., The McGrane Law Firm; Jean Karadbil Mignolet, Mignolet Business Research Consultants, Inc.; Robin S. Moselle, Esq., Lawcraft Firm; Matthew Rocco, Broward College; Rebecca Rosado, Rosado Search Group; Don Silver, BoardroomPR; Alison F. Smith, Esq. (Board of Directors Liaison), Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman; Adele I. Stone, Esq. (Founder), Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney/Fowler White Boggs.

Annual sponsors support LAS and CCLA throughout the year. The 2016 annual sponsors include Valley National Bank; US Legal Support; Kim, Vaughan, Lerner, LLP; Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. and CopyScan.

For more information on how you can get involved with Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida or for more details about the 6th Annual Bridge to Justice Breakfast, contact Dorian T. Lange, Director of Development at dlange@legalaid.org or 954-736-2429.

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Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida is a not-for-profit law firm established in 2003 and funded, in part, by the Legal Services Corporation. Our mission is to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation and empowerment.

Legal Aid Service of Broward County is not-for-profit law firm established in 1974. Our mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the poor of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low-income community and to encourage self-sufficiency.

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) are 501(c)(3) corporations registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer services (LAS #SC-02337 and CCLA #CH19226).  All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state OR VISITING WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.

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