Charity begins at home for the Ohio State Bar Association

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SUBJECT:  Charity Begins at Home for the Ohio State Bar Association

Contact:  Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, Ohio (November 20, 2001) – For the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and its members, charity takes on a new meaning this year.  The organization is supporting two diverse projects in an effort to make a true difference in the upcoming holiday season.

The events of September 11 were horrific in every sense, but hit very close to home for the OSBA because of the number of lawyers lost in the tragedy.  The Ohio State Bar Association decided to honor the memory of those lost in the World Trade Center, especially fellow attorneys-at-law and their staffs, as well as those who lost their law offices in the collapse, with a donation the Red Cross Liberty Fund. Several of OSBA’s sections took interest in creating this testimonial that would directly help the families of the victims.

In a letter to the Red Cross and Steven Krane, President of the New York State Bar Association, Mary Jane Trapp, OSBA President, said: “Terrorism does not win in America.  Our nation is strong.  Our citizens are determined.  Our Government is resolute.  Our legal system remains in tact.  America can be proud of its response to these acts of war and should take heart in the fact that our republic not only survived, but is strengthened.”

Prior to the events of September 11, the OSBA initiated support for the Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center, a food pantry serving a nine-county area of southeastern Ohio including Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties.  The unemployment rate in this portion of Ohio is as high as 16%, hitting families, seniors and young people hard.  In this nine-county area, 75% of the population lives on some sort of public assistance.  Both cash contributions and non-perishable food items are being collected for this project.

“With the holidays upon us, and with the knowledge that many charitable organizations have special needs this year, the Ohio State Bar Association has already raised nearly two-thirds of its $25,000 goal to support the work of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Food Center,” said Trapp “We invite the citizens of Ohio to join OSBA members in this worthwhile effort,” said Trapp.   

Those wishing to participate in this effort can call 1-800-282-6556 for more information. Those interested may send checks made out to the Ohio State Bar Association Food Bank Project to:  Project Food Bank, c/o The Ohio State Bar Association, P.O. Box 16562, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6562.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students.  Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.




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