Our world was shaken to its core a few years ago by the coronavirus pandemic. It forced us into isolation, disrupting our routines and limiting our face-to-face interactions.
As a legal community, we faced an unforeseen challenge to maintain the bonds of our profession and community in an increasingly virtual world.
But as the dust settles and we find our new normal, one thing remains crystal clear: We’re better together.
When I began my term as president of the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section in July, the idea of being better when we are together was so important. There is nothing in life that is not made exponentially better by community and friendship. It’s part of who we are as human beings and how we are made.
Too often, in this virtual world, that can be forgotten.
Thus, the JBA YLS theme for the year was created, “Better together: Building. Serving. Leading.”
This is not merely a motto but a testament to our spirit and determination to rise above adversity and join together. I believe the JBA is one of the bedrock institutions of our greater community and it is incredibly important to the future of Jacksonville.
The pandemic underscored the vitality of togetherness, connection and leadership in our personal and professional lives. As we adapt to the post-COVID world, it’s crucial to remember the lessons we learned during those challenging times and to move forward and back to being together.
You aren’t meant to be alone or isolated. You are meant to build the future with the people around you.
In line with our commitment to community and giving back, we are offering an opportunity for community and philanthropy: The All In Charity Poker Night hosted by the JBA YLS at bestbet.
Set to take place Nov. 15, the evening promises cards, compassion and high-stakes competition, all for a cause that truly matters.
The proceeds from this event will directly benefit The Foundation of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, providing support and solace to adults and children facing life-limiting illnesses and needing end-of-life care.
They deserve our support. They should not be alone in the toughest of moments and times.
This is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, enjoy great food and have a drink while raising money for an incredible charity.
Player tickets are $100 and spectator tickets are $75. There also are a variety of sponsorship options available:
• Royal Flush Sponsor: For $3,500, you get event entrance, name/logo signage at the front and on all event materials, plus nine entries for participation or spectatorship.
• Straight Flush Sponsor: At $1,500, this includes table signage and nine entries for either playing or watching.
• Prize Sponsors: For $1,000, sponsors can receive recognition for supporting the grand prize package including logo signage.
• Gift Sponsor: At $750, sponsors receive recognition for gifting to attendees, including a commemorative poker chip.
Join us as we go “all in” for an evening that promises more than just a game. Let’s come together to shuffle the deck, raise awareness and make a substantial difference in the lives of those in need.
As the JBA has done for 126 years, let’s come together and lead in our community. When we unite for a common cause, we’re better together.
Visit jaxbar.org/poker for more details about the event and sponsorship.
Dave Chauncey is a partner at Alexander DeGance Barnett practicing in labor, employment and business litigation.