GTH attorneys Eric Gilman, Stephanie Bloomfield, Andrea McNeely, Julie Dickens, and Patty O’Brien Pearson completed the Run for Equal Justice this weekend! The relay benefits the Washington State Campain for Equal Justice and supports civil legal aid in Pierce County. GTH currently leads the pack in funds raised, but donations are still open!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, GTH held a 2-week food drive competition for the Emergency Food Network. Staff and attorneys were split into 4 teams for the contest. Altogether the teams collected 4,526 of food, and over $1,000 in donations. Our friends at EFN reported that this is equivalent to 8,762 meals! If you are looking for a way to help out your local community this holiday season, please consider making a contribution to EFN! https://www.efoodnet.org
GTH is once again honored to help sponsor this year’s New Beginning’s Annual Benefit Luncheon, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.
If you are interested in learning how you can help empower domestic abuse victims, please visit the New Beginnings website.
The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium held its grand opening of the new Pacific Seas Aquarium on September 7th, 2018. GTH Partner John Guadnola, a member of the Board of Directors of the Zoo Society, is the chair of a Society capital campaign to raise money for the new aquarium. The aquarium project started with a bond approved by voters in 2014. The capital campaign found the same widespread community support for the project that was reflected in passage of the bonds and raised $3.5 million to help supplement the bond. “The new aquarium is a worthy addition to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium which now more than ever is truly one of the real jewels of the Tacoma/Pierce County area,” Guadnola said.
GTH enthusiastically contributed to the Capital Campaign for the Pacific Seas Aquarium as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting local community organizations.
If you are interested In visiting the zoo, please visit their website: https://www.pdza.org/
Partners Salvador Mungia and Lisa Kremer recently devoted their energy helping McCarver Elementary students start the school year on the right foot by being part of the Tacoma-Peirce County Bar Association’s (TPCBA) Back-to-School day at McCarver. The TPCBA was the primary sponsor of this event with financial sponsorship also by the Pierce County Minority Bar Association. A committee composed of members of the TPCBA planned and volunteered at the school on September 6 to welcome the students back to school.
The event focused on connecting students and their parents with various community resources through organizations such as Tacoma Pro Bono, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Team Child, Northwest Justice Project, and The Tacoma Housing Authority donated over 500 free books. Additionally, there were bouncy houses and obstacle courses, several games that children could play to win prizes, and twelve new backpacks were raffled off to lucky winners.
If you are interested in learning how you can volunteer with Tacoma Public Schools, please visit their website:
During the inaugural year of our partnership with Sheridan Elementary attorneys and staff often asked, “How can we help more?” For GTH staff members Amelia Franco and Matt Main, that turned out to be coaching the 2nd and 3rd grade Sheridan baseball team through Tacoma Metro Parks. While the baseball season ended earlier in the summer, the friendships built during the season stayed strong.
With Summer ending, GTH, with the help of Human Resources Director Evelyn Sellers, donated enough Tacoma Rainiers season tickets to take the whole team to a game. On Saturday, August 25th, GTH staff organized the outing and arranged for the group to meet Rainers pitcher Tyler Higgins and other players before the start of the game. Each Sheridan player was able to take home an autographed baseball, with many of the kids asking the big-league players to sign their hats, shirts, and gloves. Staff member Matt Main said, “It was great to see the kids having a good time. For some, it was their first Rainers game, and seeing all those smiles while meeting the players was priceless.”
As summer arrived GTH bid farewell to our Sheridan Elementary first graders until this Fall. Beginning in January, 2018 over 20 volunteers committed to visiting their assigned class a few hours a month to work with students to improve their reading and writing skills. During the course of the year memorable moments were made when we accompanied the kids to field trips at The University of Washington School of Law, and an end of the school year trip to Verlo Playfield.
Legal assistant Lisa Blakeney said, “I LOVED the Sheridan Elementary School Program!! The teachers are wonderful, and the first graders are even better. I know my kids’ reading skills improved during the year.”
We are excited to follow this exceptional group of students to second grade and already looking forward to the start of the school year.
Warm weather has arrived and with it so has the Pierce County Library System’s Summer Reading Program. GTH has been a longtime supporter of the event and is honored to continue supporting the popular summer literacy program. Children and teens who sign up for the program can earn tickets to local attractions such as the Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma Rainer’s, and Northwest Trek when they read for 5, 10, and 15-hour increments.
GTH Partner Travis Mahugh currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pierce County Library Foundation and encourages you to visit https://readthissummer.pcls.us/ to find out more the Summer reading program.
GTH is proud to announce that Palmer Scholars recently elected attorney Christal Harrison to their Board of Directors. Palmer Scholars has helped over 400 low-income students of color in Pierce County earn a post-secondary degree. The scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 per year of financial support and mentorship has helped students obtain their degree with little to no debt. Recipients of Palmer Scholarships have become successful doctors, lawyers, politicians, social workers, teachers, and counselors.
To find out more about Palmers Scholars, please visit their website:
GTH recently sponsored the 18th Annual Breakfast With Champions held by the King County Bar Association (KCBA). The benefit breakfast raised funds to go to the King County Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the KCBA. Through the foundation, money is raised to help support pro-bono legal programs and provide grants to University of Washington and Seattle University Schools of Law for minority students. The program began with a moving presentation about Angélica Maria González, a recipient of last year’s KCBA minority law student scholarship. The morning’s keynote speaker was Dahlia Lithwick, who is considered one of the best Supreme Court journalist in the United States. Dahlia gave a thought provoking speech on the role of religion in the Supreme Court, and encouraged everyone to be more willing to engage in the sometimes difficult conversations about how religion, our values, and the law intersect.