The results are in from the Lee County Bar Association’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.
Fifty years ago, 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.
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.