Waterside Shops generously supports Legal Aid through Sip & Shop event
NAPLES, FL – Waterside Shops in Naples conducted a holiday weekend ‘Sip & Shop’ event spanning Black Friday, November 25th through Sunday, November 27th, donating all proceeds from its famous Bloody Mary Bar to Legal Aid Service of Collier County.
In addition to the Bloody Mary Bar, the event included live entertainment and an information booth where patrons could learn more about the work performed by Legal Aid. At the conclusion of the three day event, Waterside Shops presented Legal Aid with a check in the amount of $1,000. Legal Aid was able to raise $556 in additional donations made directly by patrons at the event.
Waterside Shops is a landmark shopping and dining destination, with stores featuring some of the finest names in luxury retail and fashion, all contained in a unique and lushly landscaped setting. Legal Aid Service of Collier County provides free civil legal services to Collier County residents who face life changing legal matters who cannot afford counsel. Legal Aid handles over 3,400 cases annually, assisting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Legal Aid’s clients include victims of domestic violence, children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, families facing foreclosure or eviction, children with special educational needs, and seniors, Veterans and the disabled seeking medical and income benefits.
“Legal Aid is honored to have been selected by Waterside Shops to participate in the wonderful ‘Sip & Shop’ event this Thanksgiving weekend,” states Carol O’Callaghan, Legal Aid’s Managing Attorney. “We are so grateful to Waterside Shops for the very generous donation of $1,000, and want to also thank Anne Fleming, the General Manager, and her staff for being so gracious and kind to us throughout the entire weekend.”
The ‘Sip & Shop’ event was successful in several ways beyond the $1,556 raised for Legal Aid. “Over the course of the three days, several folks signed up to volunteer for Legal Aid, including several attorneys who want to perform pro bono services in the future to help our clients in need,” states Jeffrey Ahren, Legal Aid’s Director of Development and Pro Bono Coordinator. “We also had several folks touch base with us discreetly who knew individuals who were really in need of the services we provide, and we were able to give them contact information and specific ways to guide folks for assistance. It was a tremendous outreach event and awareness raiser in addition to raising much needed funds for Legal Aid, and we are deeply grateful to Waterside Shops for their support and for being such a caring community partner.”