Thursday, June 10, 2010
Second Annual ‘Food From the Bar’ Campaign Raises Over $285,000
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank said yesterday that the Los Angeles legal community raised over $285,000 in one month as part of the group’s second annual “Food From the Bar” campaign.
Participating law firms and other groups in the legal community also donated over 1,600 hours of time volunteering at the Foodbank during the campaign which was held from April 19 through May 14, the group said.
The campaign invited the legal community in Los Angeles to raise much-needed food and funds for the Foodbank, which provides food and other assistance to those facing hunger in Los Angeles County.
The Foodbank honored Latham & Watkins for making the most donations overall, followed by Munger Tolles & Olson, and Hennigan Bennett & Dorman.
It also recognized Hennigan Bennett & Dorman for making the most per capita contributions, followed by McGuireWoods and Munger Tolles.
“Once again this campaign has far exceeded our expectations, especially in this economy,” Michael Flood, president/CEO of the Foodbank, commented. “We’re extremely grateful to all the participants in this campaign. Because of their combined efforts many people in our community affected by the economy won’t have to go hungry.”
The Foodbank also honored a number of other participants in this year’s campaign, including:
•Irell & Manella as “Rookie of the Year” for “outstanding achievement”—as judged by the Foodbank—by a first-time participant in the “Food From the Bar” campaign;
•The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles with “Tiffany’s Award” or the “good things come in small packages” award for the highest overall performance by a participant with less than 10 members;
•Munger Tolles with the “Kick-Off Award” for making the highest monetary donations on the first day of the campaign;
•Paul Hastings as the “Volunteer of the Campaign” for having the highest volunteer participation rate of any participant;
•Horvitz & Levy with the “Cornucopia Award” for donating the largest amount of food;
•McGuireWoods as “Best All Around” for outstanding achievement for a small to mid-size firm based on funds raised, pounds of food collected and volunteerism;
•Munger Tolles with the “Creativity Award” for the most innovative, unusual or effective fundraising. The firm held tournaments involving the Nintendo Wii video game system and the video game “Rock Band,” a Foodbank spokesperson said, as well as bingo and other events;
•This district’s Court of Appeal as the “Best Public Entity” for outstanding achievement by a government agency;
•Munger Tolles partner Kathleen McDowell, individually, with the campaign chair’s “Chairperson’s Award.”
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a non-profit, charitable organization established in 1973 and one of the largest food banks in the United States. Through a network of over 550 charitable agencies with more than 900 sites, the Foodbank supplies enough food for over 750,000 meals each week in Los Angeles County. The Foodbank is affiliated with Feeding America.
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