Adams and Reese in Tampa helped make a wish come true through its sponsorship of a recent reception to benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida at the Bank of America Plaza, where it was revealed that Make-A-Wish would send four-year-old cancer recoveree Ellie York and her family to the San Diego Zoo.
The benefit was part of the firm’s HUGS program (Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support) as nearly 100 clients, friends, executives, board members, and volunteers from Make-A-Wish Southern Florida joined attorneys and staff of Adams and Reese in making the announcement to the York family.
The trip to the San Diego Zoo was granted through a generous donation by Eric Zorn, a client of the firm, who donated the entire cost of the York family’s trip. In addition, Ellie — along with sisters Eva and Nora — also received stickers, coloring utensils, coloring books, stuffed animals, dolls, and more, and an Adams and Reese staff member donated a limo ride to the Tampa airport to send off the family in style.
The event also generated more than $3,000 in donations from clients, staff, attorneys, and the firm that will go toward helping other local Make-A-Wish families. All told, more than $12,000 was collected during the reception to make Ellie and her fellow Make-A-Wish patrons’ wishes come true.
Through HUGS, the firm’s attorneys and staff across its regional footprint have donated volunteer time and financial resources to more than 200 partner organizations in various philanthropic projects.