In The Community
Bone Marrow Donor
In the winter of 2009, Lanier Law Group employee Reuben Proctor was at a blood drive at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC put on by the American Red Cross. Reuben saw a booth set up for a program called Be The Match. He looked into it and saw that it was a registry for people to be bone marrow donors. He saw that one in 500 people on the registry actually go on to donate bone marrow. He signed up by doing a cheek swab, and giving them his contact information, and thought, “What’s the chance I’ll actually get called to donate?”
In March 2014, Reuben got an email letting him know that he was a possible match for someone who needed a transplant, and wanting to know if he was still interested. Reuben contacted the National Marrow Donor Program and let them know he was still interested in donating. After doing some additional screening, he has been identified as a perfect match for a young child who has a very serious illness, with a very small life expectancy if a transplant is not received.
Reuben will be donating to the young child in the coming few weeks, and if the transplant works, the young one will have a chance to live a full life.
Ronnie & Phyllis get hitched
Ronnie Poteat sat in the corner by the wall of windows Tuesday, wearing a borrowed suit, borrowed tasseled shoes and a red rose pinned to his lapel.
He had just gotten married to Phyllis Foust, a woman he had defended, helped, fed and lived with for more than 30 years. They had talked about marriage forever. But they never went through with it until Tuesday at the Interactive Resource Center, the local go-to spot for anyone who is homeless.
A local law firm that has helped Ronnie and Phyllis also found a dress, a veil, a dark suit and two places that agreed to cut and style the couple’s hair for free. The law firm got the rings, too.
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Our very own Jacob Goad co-founded Face-to-Face Greensboro, an organization that brings Face-to-Face young people together by bridging gaps in the community. Face-to-Face provides space for voices to be heard and information to be shared, ultimately creating a more vibrant, more connected, more culturally rich Greensboro. They are partnering with Syner-G to hold a City Council Meet 'n Greet, where the community is encouraged to come out and meet their representatives. This event will be help at Blue Zoom at 230 South Elm Street in Greensboro, NC on February 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Art for Hospice
Lisa Lanier is a founding board member of Art for Hospice, a nonprofit organization, which provides art supplies to local schools all over North Carolina. The students create works of art and Lisa and other volunteers distribute the works of art to hospices, VA Hospitals, and nursing homes all over North Carolina. Lanier Law Group, P.A. participated in the annual fundraiser for Art for Hospice on February 8, 2012 at the California Pizza Kitchen in Durham, NC. Several members of our staff and their families gathered to help raise funds for this organization.
Guilford Green Foundation
Lanier Law Group, P.A. just announced its sponsorship for the 5th annual Women's Party benefiting The Guilford Green Foundation. This event is being held February 17th at The Empire Room of the Elm Street Center in Downtown. The Guilford Green Foundation is a granting organization that has given over $550,000 in ten years to organizations whose funded projects accurately align with GGF's mission and are making a positive impact in the region. Several members of the Lanier Law Group, P.A.'s staff will be in attendance, as this fundraiser is a way to network with other female business owner's in the community.
Paralegal/Case Manager Jacob Goad takes time out of his busy work schedule to give back to the community. He recently led a team to Peru to build houses as part of the Global Builder's Program for the Fuller Center for Housing. They helped to build three houses in Cañete, Peru. Jacob is also leading a team to the Dominican Republic the first week in March to engage in a cross-cultural arts & cuisine trip. He will be trading recipes with Dominican families and preparing dishes from American and Dominican traditions. They will also be making music together and holding a concert at the end of the trip. The main goal of his trip is to foster intercultural understanding and awareness through arts and cuisine. The purpose is to expose participants to foreign African cultures to promote racial equality and further appreciation for diversity in our own community.
St. Baldrick's Foundation
For the third year in a row, Lanier Law Group, P.A. is donating money to sponsor our Litigation Paralegal Rachelle Messer's husband, Logan, as he shaves his head to help raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. St. Baldrick's is a charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. Since its inception in 2000, more than 189,660 volunteers, including more than 17,000 women, have shaved their heads in solidarity with children with cancer at events in every state. These "shavees" have helped to raise over $117 million for life-saving research.
Triad Health Project
Recently, Lanier Law Group, P.A. participated in collecting canned goods for the food pantry at The Triad Health Project in Greensboro, North Carolina—an organization that provides support to those that have contracted HIV/AIDS, those that are at risk, and those that have watched a loved one suffer from the disease. Every office participated in stocking the pantry, and of our 11 locations, the firm delivered two truckloads full of food to the organization. Lisa Lanier, the president of Lanier Law Group, P.A., also matched all of the employee donations given to the food pantry. Triad Health Project was designed not only to support individuals who are battling HIV/AIDS but also to educate and promote awareness within the community about the disease. For this reason, the firm was proud to sponsor their efforts and give back to the community in any way that we could.