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oakland county bar Foundation’s

20th annual Signature event raises $238,300 for charity.

 
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By Robere Lett  | Publisher | Style Editor

This year was the culmination of twenty years of hard work and devotion by the Oakland County Bar Foundations leadership. Held annually at the beautiful and stately Oakland Hills Country Club this stellar event has raised more than 2.5 million dollars since 2002. A crowd of 400 members of the Detroit areas best and brightest legal minds culminated in a mix and mingle of epic style while sipping on crafted cocktails, wine and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres.

A champagne toast by sitting president Veronica Leonard helped kick the 2019 fundraising festivities off to a grand start. Platinum sponsor Stout led the way for this year's celebration, along with many others. The Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) works on behalf of such worthy causes as; CASA Program (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) through CARE House, the Family Law Assistance Project, Beaumont Patient Legal Support Program, Michigan Center for Civic Education Through Law, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, Youth Law Conference and more. The final deadline for grant application submissions for the 2018-19 fiscal year is May 20, 2019. More information can be found on the grant application available at http://www.ocba.org/apply-for-an-ocbf-grant.

Front Row   (L to R) : Patrick McCarthy, Lynn Capp Sirich, Veronica Leonard, David E. Plunkett, David W. Jones |  Middle Row (L to R) : Gerald A. Fisher, Sonja Lengnick, Thomas J. Tallerico, Victoria B. King, Cynthia E. Brazzil, Shirley A. Kaigler, Patrick B. McCauley, Lisa J. Hamameh, Joseph E. Papelian |  Back Row (L to R) : Michael D. Schloff, Kaveh Kashef, Cameron D. Hosner, Michael J. Sullivan, Daniel D. Quick, Justin L. Cherfoli, Michael R. Turco, Keefe A. Brooks


Front Row (L to R): Patrick McCarthy, Lynn Capp Sirich, Veronica Leonard, David E. Plunkett, David W. Jones | Middle Row (L to R): Gerald A. Fisher, Sonja Lengnick, Thomas J. Tallerico, Victoria B. King, Cynthia E. Brazzil, Shirley A. Kaigler, Patrick B. McCauley, Lisa J. Hamameh, Joseph E. Papelian | Back Row (L to R): Michael D. Schloff, Kaveh Kashef, Cameron D. Hosner, Michael J. Sullivan, Daniel D. Quick, Justin L. Cherfoli, Michael R. Turco, Keefe A. Brooks

Each year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the individuals and companies in our law community and their commitment to providing equal access to justice and remaining educated on the issues that impact us all,
— Veronica Leonard, president of the Foundation.
As we reflect on the past 20 years of the Signature Event, we’re humbled to celebrate with our friends and colleagues who have helped make the past two decades so impactful and transformative. We look forward to working closely with our community partners to enact more positive change.

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With $182,300 raised from sponsorships and donations, and an additional $56,000 in ticket sales, the event’s revenue totaled $238,300.

Since 2002, the Foundation has contributed more than $2.5 million to legal assistance and education programs. Proceeds from past events have assisted the important work of the CASA Program (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) through CARE House, the Family Law Assistance Project, Beaumont Patient Legal Support Program, Michigan Center for Civic Education Through Law, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, Youth Law Conference and more. The final deadline for grant application submissions for the 2018-19 fiscal year is May 20. More information on the grant application process is available at http://www.ocba.org/apply-for-an-ocbf-grant.

The Oakland County Bar Foundation focuses on providing access to justice by funding legal aid and education programs through the generous support of donors and volunteers. It has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to worthy causes since 2002. Founded in 1999, the Bar Foundation has grown to become a leader and trendsetter for law-based foundations nationally. Learn more at www.supportocbf.org.

All images by Robere Lett for Haute Is Online.