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2017 Wills For Heroes

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6th Annual Wills for Heroes Pro Bono Event

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Legal Aid Service of Collier County
4336 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112

In partnership with members of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Collier County Bar Association, on Saturday, November 11, 2017, Legal Aid Service of Collier County conducted its annual “Wills for Heroes” pro bono clinic to draft wills, living wills, and related basic estate planning instruments for some of the “heroes” in our community, including local veterans, police officers, firefighters, and EMTs/first responders. The goal of Wills for Heroes is to ensure that the legal affairs of these very special clients are in order to protect them and those in their family – and to thank them for their service to our local community and country.

Legal Aid wishes to thank the many volunteers for the outstanding job they did to serve our local Heroes at the 6th Annual “Wills for Heroes.” From elderly Korean War veterans to young Sheriff Deputies with small children, volunteers prepared nearly 115 sets of estate planning documents for our local heroes and their spouses. Thank you for your passion for the cause, and your dedication and hard work!

  • Bill Burke
  • Dresden Bruner
  • Curtis Cassner
  • Emma Christman
  • Denise Cazobon
  • Enita Kushi
  • Robert Lancaster
  • Jeanette Lombardi
  • Susan Nesbet-Sikuta
  • Francesca Passeri
  • Bill Pearson
  • Deborah Russell
  • Bonie Scarlett Montalvo Navarrete
  • Joseph Stuseck
  • Rebecca Vaccariello
  • Pieter Van Dien
  • Lisa Williams
  • Joe Zaks

Legal Aid also wishes a special thanks to Blake Kirkpatrick, Kelley Price, and Ed Larsen for their help organizing and running the event. This event would not be possible without them!

Thanks to all paralegals who attended, including Cathy Nadeau, Debra Ryan, and Roxy Horgan.

Special thanks to Ave Maria School of Law Elder Law and Estate Planning Association.

It is truly an honor for Legal Aid and all of the participating law firms to be able to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for this country and our community. If you have any questions about Wills for Heroes or would like to participate in next year’s event, please contact Legal Aid for assistance.

9th Annual Barrister’s Bash

9th Annual Barrister’s Bash!

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Legal Aid Service of Collier County sincerely thanks all of the sponsors, donors, and other patrons who made the 9th Annual Barrister’s Bash a great success. The Bash was held on April 27, 2017 at the Hilton of Naples. Each year, the Barrister’s Bash helps Legal Aid raise funds to continue its mission to provide free civil legal services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Thank you to all those who attended the Bash and who support Legal Aid throughout the year!

 

Legal Aid’s 2017 Award Winners:

Law Firm of the Year – Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Attorney of the Year – Rebecca M. Vaccariello, Esq.

Leadership Award – Jennifer J. Nackley, Esq.

Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award – Colette J. Kellerhouse, Esq.

Volunteers of the Year – MaryGrace Menner and Christina Jindra

 

Legal Aid’s 2016-2017 Attorneys of The Month:

Attorney of the Month, August 2016 – Roger McMorrow

Attorney of the Month, September 2016 – Tamara Nicola and Sarah Oquendo

Attorney of the Month, October 2016 – Elizabeth Wolt

Attorney of the Month, November 2016 – Eviana Martin

Attorney of the Month, December 2016 – John E. Long, Jr.

Attorney of the Month, January 2017 – Melinda Riddle

Attorney of the Month, February 2017 – Starling Hendriks

Attorney of the Month, March 2017 – Hilda Cenecharles

Title Sponsor

Visionary Sponsors

Ambassador Sponsors

Leadership Sponsors

Partner Sponsors

  • Advocate Sponsors

    • Law Office of Pieter Van Dien, P.A.
    • The McMorrow Law Firm, P.A.
    • Law Office of Sharon M. Hanlon
    • Yale T. Freeman, P.A.

    Friend Sponsors

    • Stephany S. Carr, Esq.
    • Dr. Av. Tefta Zaka

10th Annual Adopt a Family

Legal Aid’s 10th Annual “Adopt a Family” Holiday Gift Program

On December 16th, Legal Aid Service of Collier County, in collaboration with the Collier County Bar Foundation, provided Christmas gifts to over 160 needy children in Collier County as part of the annual Adopt a Family event. Each year, the goal of the Adopt a Family program is to match underprivileged families and their minor children with benefactors who are willing to provide toys, gifts, clothing, and food to the families. A special thanks to Judge James McGarity for serving as Santa once again this year, and to the amazing support provided by the CCBA Foundation and all of our donors! Please join us in thanking the Naples Zoo, where the event was hosted. This year’s Adopt a Family was supported by more than 50 donors and volunteers in our community.

Photos of 2016 Adopt a Family

On behalf of Legal Aid and all the families who benefited from this great event, thank you for your kindness and generosity this holiday season.

  • Ace Hardware
  • Aline Coelho Frasca
  • Ashley Manzanares
  • Bain Law Firm
  • Benerita Brophy
  • Bob Menzies
  • CCBA Young Lawyers Section
  • Cassie Tomarse
  • Cathy Lucrezi
  • The Chanderbali Family
  • Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.
  • The Collier County Bar Foundation
  • Curtis and Peggy Cassner
  • Damian Taylor
  • Denise Cazobon
  • Denise Holt
  • Derek Verderamo
  • Duncan and Veronica Brian
  • Eric and Melissa Vasquez
  • Ezequiel Sandoval
  • Gail Grygiel
  • Gray Robinson, P.A.
  • Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Troop 674
  • Golden Gate High School
  • The Hendriks Family
  • Jacqueline Buyze
  • Jane Cheffy
  • Jason Sizemore
  • Javier Puentes
  • Jeanette Lombardi
  • Jeff and Danielle Ahren
  • Jennifer Goodacre
  • Jon and Julie Kukk
  • Judge James McGarity
  • Julian Pereira
  • Karynn Cavero
  • Kayla Acosta
  • Kerri Hixon
  • Kim and Cory Esworthy
  • Kim and Michael Spiker
  • Kim Hedstrom
  • Leticia Gomez
  • Maggie and Roger McMorrow
  • Nadine Wise
  • The Naples Zoo
  • Neo Cavero
  • Nicola Family Law
  • The Nunez Family
  • Omar Ortiz
  • Paul San Filippo
  • Quarles & Brady LLP
  • Renee Castady and Robert Herrera
  • Roetzel & Andress
  • Saida Morales
  • Sandy Vizcaya
  • Sam Branda
  • Shannon Morgan
  • Sharon Hanlon
  • Stephanie Alvarez
  • Sunshine Ace Hardware at East Naples
  • Suzanne Lanier
  • Tara Mucha
  • Threlkeld & Cetrangelo, P.A.
  • U-Haul Moving and Storage of Naples
  • Wendy Merida
  • Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy & Ford, P.A.
  • Yanish Meester
  • Yoshimi & Michael Moore

Waterside Shops Generously Supports Legal Aid With Sip & Shop Event

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.”