The results are in from the Lee County Bar Association’s (LCBA’s) seventh annual charity golf tournament, with $24,079 in net proceeds to be distributed between Lee County Legal Aid Society and the newly formed Lee County Bar Association Foundation. The checks will be presented at the LCBA’s monthly membership meeting on September 15 at the Marina at Edison Ford.
Fifty years ago this past March, the LCBA realized an under-served portion of the community was being denied access to the justice system. This led to the creation of the Lee County Legal Aid Society. In honor of the longstanding partnership, 2017 President Kelly Fayer determined that a portion of the golf tournament proceeds should go to Legal Aid.
At the same time, the LCBA Foundation was gearing up to begin allocating funds to worthy local causes. In addition to seed money that had been raised through LCBA membership dues, the golf tournament presented an opportunity to help build the Foundation’s resources to maximum effect in the community. Following the successful tournament, the Foundation issued a call for applications for grants, which can be found at www.leebarfoundation.org. The deadline for applications is Sept. 1.
The golf tournament continues a string of charitable giving and community service projects within the LCBA Cares initiative, which highlights an enhanced focus by the legal professionals’ organization on community outreach. The LCBA’s second annual shrimp boil helped support the foundation, for instance.
The LCBA is partway through its year-long #KindLee campaign, which serves to inspire random acts of kindness by sharing kind acts across social media with the #KindLee hashtag. As part of that initiative, the LCBA hosted a pop-up fundraiser that netted $1,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Twice that amount was contributed through various small action projects. In addition, the LCBA donated hundreds of shoes to Soles4Souls and partnered with Valerie’s House to sell #KindLee T-shirts to benefit that organization.
Local attorneys and organizations sponsored the High School County and Circuit Mock Trial competitions, where $5,375 in awards were given to deserving students. An annual $1,000 scholarship was funded through the Uncommon Friends Foundation for a student looking to go to law school.
For more information about the #KindLee Campaign, visit www.leebar.org/kindlee.
About the Lee County Bar Association
The Lee County Bar Association, a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit organization, has served the citizens and legal community of Lee County since 1949 and has a current membership of almost 800. For more information, visit www.leebar.org or contact President Kelly Fayer, Esquire at (239) 415-3434 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Executive Director David Seitz at (239) 334-0047 or email@example.com.