On Monday, June 1, 2015, community supporter Akerman LLP held their second annual Give Back Day in support of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association and guardian ad litem programs like ours across the county.
Akerman's Give Back campaign was established in 2014 as the first nationwide collaboration between National CASA and a law firm. Through this partnership, Akerman provides staff support and funds to guardian ad litem and "organizations that share Akerman's philanthropic focus on education and youth development."
Locally, the Akerman Tallahassee office invited Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Circuit Director Deborah Moore to take part in Monday's festivities, with proceeds going to Child Advocates II, Inc. (CAII) and our program.
view the Akerman LLP Give Back Days 2015 photograph album
Akerman's twelfth floor offices were easy to find as their staff had decorated the door with a representation of the Leon County Court Annex and "Champions for Children" superhero-like characters flying above. Office Administrator Juli Burch showed Moore around and introduced her to the staff, some of whom were dressed rather eccentrically.
The reason? Akerman staff held two amusing contents to raise additional funds for CAII. The first had the gentlemen take part in a "Wacky Tie" competition, the winner of which was sporting a brightly-colored flower motif. The second had all staff vote for the co-worker they wanted most to see dressed as a clown for the day. A good sport about his selection, Office Managing Partner Bruce Platt was present in full clown costume and makeup.
Platt and the Akerman staff next presented Moore with a giant check and an assortment of brand new items including bed sheets and comforters, clothes hangers, dishware, glassware and cleaning products. The $4,178 balance — $4,738 less $560 in household items — will be split between two of our projects: Beyond the Basics and First Beginnings.
Thank you to Akerman LLP and the entire staff at their Tallahassee office for their generous contributions and support of abused, neglected and abandoned children in the community.