The Contra Costa County Bar Association is pleased to announce results of the 2010 Food From The Bar fundraiser for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. In May, 43 local law offices with more than 800 employees donated over $72,000 and collected 2,800 pounds of food. Each dollar contributed can buy enough food for three meals. The Food Bank and Bar Association are especially pleased by this year’s totals given current economic conditions.
This marks the 18th annual Food From The Bar fundraiser. Over the years county attorneys and their staff have donated $820,000 and 53 tons of food, making the Bar Association one of the Food Bank’s largest supporters.
As a way to encourage competition and stimulate donations, the Bar declares winners in five categories based on highest per capita contribution. The winners for 2010 are:
West County – Lyon & Quintero
1-10 employees – Law Offices of Suzanne Boucher
11-20 employees – Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser
21-50 employees – Morgan Miller Blair
51+ employees – Archer Norris
Attorneys solicited goods and services from vendors, restaurants and other businesses that were auctioned or raffled. Firms used many creative fundraising efforts: past activities have included head shaving, creampuff eating, and “Fear Factor” type contests. In mid-May you may have seen a parade of people in matching blue shirts during a 5K walk-a-thon around downtown Walnut Creek – an event that raised thousands of dollars in pledges!
Members of the 2010 Food From The Bar Committee
Renee Baptiste, Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
Joshua Bevitz, Newmeyer & Dillion LLP
Dan Birkhaeuser, Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser
Suzanne Boucher, Law Office of Suzanne Boucher
Chad Gallagher, Miller Starr Regalia
Barbara Jewell, Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz & Raines
Michelle Moore, Morrison & Foerster
Adriana Quintero, Lyon & Quintero
Lisa Reep, Contra Costa Bar Association
Lisa Roberts, McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Brothers LLP
Ed Shaffer, Archer Norris (Chair)
Monica Sloboda, Morgan Miller Blair
Geoffrey Steele, Nevin, Ramos & Steele
by Ed Shaffer of Archer Norris, Chair of the Food From The Bar Committee