Young Lawyers Section spreads holiday cheer to local foster children

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The Young Lawyers Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association hosted its 2016 Holidays in January on Jan. 9.

At Holidays in January, The Young Lawyers Section provided holiday gifts to children that entered foster homes during the month of December.

The Young Lawyers Section, Family Support Services of North Florida, Northeast Florida Paralegal Association and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens worked together to provide the children a fun holiday experience they may not otherwise have enjoyed.

Holiday music filled the air while the gracious members of Northeast Florida Paralegal Association provided a variety of activities including games, door prizes, face painting, ornament decorating and cookie decorating for the children attending the event.

Of course, Santa Claus made a special appearance. Santa surprised the children, read their names from the “nice” list and handed out more than 20 scooters, tricycles and helmets. Santa may also have given a few of the scooters test rides.

To say the children were overjoyed is an understatement. Two of the children were quoted as saying, “This was the best present I got for Christmas!” and “I was so happy to see my name on the good list and that Santa gave me a scooter!”

The children also had the opportunity to take photos with Santa so they would have something to remember the event for years to come.

The fun did not end when the event was over.

Many of the children and their families spent the remainder of the day at the zoo, which provided free admission to them.

The Young Lawyers Section looks forward to Holidays in January and strives to put on a bigger and better event each year.

The Young Lawyers Section was able to provide the holiday gifts through generous donations from Driver, McAfee, Peek & Hawthorne, P.L., Thames Markey & Heekin, P.A. and the Bedell Firm.

For more information on Holidays in January, or if you would like to make a contribution, please contact me at [email protected] or Ryan Hyde at [email protected].

If you’re interested in getting involved with The Young Lawyers Section, we have more exciting events coming your way.

On Feb. 11, the Young Lawyers Section is hosting Cards for K9s, its second annual charity poker tournament, which will benefit K9s for Warriors. The event will be at bestbet Jacksonville.

You may participate in early bird registration until Feb. 3.

We will have celebrity bounties and great prizes for the top players, so keep an eye out for additional details in the coming weeks.

If you have questions regarding sponsorship and/or registration, you may contact Cyndy Trimmer at [email protected].

On Feb. 20, the Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Chili Cook-Off, which will benefit Community Connections. The event will be at the Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge.

As with prior years, we will have live music, beer, wine, face painting and lots of fun to complement the many chili varieties that will be available.

Local judges will rate the teams based on a variety of categories, and one lucky team will be crowned best overall.

If your firm and/or team would like to participate in the cook-off, you must register by Feb. 2.

A mandatory team meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the offices of Gray Robinson.

If you have questions regarding sponsorship and/or registration, you may contact Alex Hill at [email protected].

The Young Lawyers Section is still accepting sponsorships for both events.

Feel free to reach out to me or any member of the YLS Board of Governors for information regarding our events and/or involvement in YLS.

Also, keep an eye out for details regarding our next happy hour.



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