In The Community
Early Thanksgiving at Homeless Shelter
A homeless shelter isn't the typical venue for legal consultations, unless
you work for Lanier Law Group. The law practice, with 10 offices in North
Carolina, has taken an interest in helping the homeless. On a typical
week, attorneys with the firm stop in to help qualifying people apply
for disability. Homeless people in Gastonia received an added gift from
the firm Wednesday in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Attorneys, and their
families, prepared homemade chicken pot pies with a slew of sides and
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.
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 10 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.
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