RALEIGH · December 12, 2019—Members of the Wake County Bar Association and the Tenth Judicial District Bar raised a record-breaking $127,500 for Legal Aid of North Carolina as part of this year's Wake Bar Awards, the Wake County legal community's annual fundraiser to support our mission.
This year's haul is the largest amount ever raised at the event, which was first held in 2008, and is the largest amount brought in by any fundraiser for Legal Aid in recent memory.
Victor Boone, senior managing attorney of our Raleigh office, accepted a check for the proceeds at a bar luncheon on December 3. The awards event was held October 23 at the NC Museum of History.
"We are incredibly grateful to the Wake County Bar Association for organizing this event, and to all the attorneys who turned out to make it the huge success that it always is," said Victor Boone, senior managing attorney of Legal Aid's Raleigh office. "Every year, the generosity of this community allows us to serve many more clients than we otherwise could. Your support protects victims of domestic violence, saves families from eviction and homelessness, defends senior citizens from financial exploitation, and much more. We sincerely thank you."
Victor Boone, senior managing attorney of our Raleigh office, holds a check for $127,500—the record-breaking total raised for the 2019 Wake Bar Awards, the Wake County legal community's annual fundraiser for Legal Aid of North Carolina. A significant portion of this year's haul came from contributions to Cindy's Fund, established by John Sarratt (standing next to Victor) of Harris Sarratt & Hodges, LLP, in honor of his late wife, Cindy Wittmer of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. At left is Kimberly Turner Miller, chair of the Bar Awards Committee. At right is Heidi Bloom of Wyrick Robbins, the event's Firm of the Year supporter.
A significant portion of this year's haul came via donations to Cindy's Fund, established by John Sarratt of Harris Sarratt & Hodges, LLP, in honor of his late wife, Cindy Wittmer of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.
"Cindy Wittmer was an exemplary member of the legal profession and a great friend to Legal Aid," said George R. Hausen, Jr., executive director of Legal Aid of North Carolina. “Her commitment to social justice was inspiring. We are honored that her colleagues in the Wake County legal community are giving us the opportunity to carry out that commitment in her name. We thank John Sarratt and all of our supporters for their generosity."
Special thanks to Wyrick Robbins, the event's Firm of the Year sponsor, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Community Sponsor of the year.
The need for our work continues to be great in Wake County. Roughly a quarter of county residents are poor enough to qualify for at least some of our services, yet current funding levels permit us to serve only a fraction of those in need. This "justice gap" is plainly evident every day at the Wake County Courthouse, where tenants are routinely evicted without legal representation, domestic violence victims seek protective orders
pro se, and others are forced to navigate our complex judicial system without expert help.
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