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
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.
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.
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.”