The rising sun on the Charleston harbor was just one reason to enjoy being in the Lowcountry on Aug. 28. The nearly 150 attorneys joining us at the Harbour Club for breakfast was a close second! The morning’s goal was to share information about three of our Lowcountry grantees – the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, Crisis Ministries Homeless Justice Project and South Carolina Legal Services’ Charleston office.
The power of the program was found in the testimonials offered by clients. As they shared their stories that began with struggle, but ended in victory, their words put the hard work and impact of our grantees into perspective for each person in the room.
After each grantee shared their work in the Lowcountry, it was Beth Padgett’s turn to tell us how to relax during the times when stress seems to take over. Her advice wasn’t to seek out high dollar solutions or even to find that stress ball you got from an exhibitor at last year’s Bar Convention. She focused on encouraging us all to find short periods of time to simply breathe. Her message was to be in the moment you are in and to intentionally take time out to… pause.
Beth then handed the podium over to our secretary/treasurer Marie-Louise Ramsdale who updated Lowcountry attorneys on the accomplishments of the Bar Foundation within the last two years. One specific highlight shared was the increase in the percentage of Bar members who made a gift to the Foundation. ML noted that the total stood at 6.4 percent – up from the 2011 figure of 3.6 percent. She encouraged attendees to make a gift that would directly benefit the three grantees in the Charleston area.
The morning’s program concluded with special thanks to Regions Bank, our breakfast sponsor, as well as the table sponsors and the host committee that made the event possible. Gifts from the event are still coming in so even if you could not be with us in Charleston, you can still join those who attended and become a supporter of these three great programs. Our goal is to give each of the three grantees $5,000, which can be used as they see fit.
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