SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Adams and Reese LLP’s Sarasota office collected donations from employees to provide Goodwill team member and single mom Patricia Aranie and her children with a Christmas tree, items from the children’s holiday lists and other gifts, games, clothing, a complete outfit for Aranie, and a holiday meal. Adams and Reese selected the Goodwill family as part of the 26th year of its HUGS community service and philanthropic program. HUGS, which stands for Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support, is the holiday project through which the firm donates time, financial resources and assistance to more than 200 organizations throughout its service area.
Earlier this year, Adams and Reese was selected “Company of the Year” by Goodwill Manasota for its year-long charitable efforts, and Gaskill was also honored as a “Goodwill Manasota Super Hero.” Gaskill serves as an active Ambassador with Goodwill Manasota.
“We are very proud of our partnership with Goodwill Manasota, and this is a very important holiday tradition for all of our employees to pitch in and help a local mother and her children in their time of need,” said Jason Gaskill, Adams and Reese LLP Sarasota office Partner in Charge. “It means a lot to our law firm and to our office to give back to the community.”
“Our partnership with Adams and Reese is one of which we are extremely proud; they understand our mission to change lives through the power of work and support it actively as Ambassadors for Goodwill in our community,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Goodwill Manasota Foundation vice president. “For many, the holidays are a difficult time – even when people are employed, Christmas can be too extravagant an expense and that strikes a chord with businesses such as Adams and Reese. We can’t thank them enough for reaching out to touch the lives of those in need in our community.”
About Adams and Reese LLP
Adams and Reese LLP is a multidisciplinary law firm with more than 300 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms – “The Am Law 200”. The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the “NLJ 350” list of the nation’s largest law firms.
About Goodwill Manasota
Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With the sales of donated goods and philanthropic donations, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by providing job skills training and employment opportunities. In 2013, we served more than 16,000 people, placed 537 people in jobs and assisted 329 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce. Goodwill Manasota’s economic impact back to the community is worth $81.3 million. Goodwill is one of the pioneers of the reduce-reuse-recycle movement and this past year diverted 37 million pounds out of the landfill. For more information, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org.