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Legal Aid Programs of Broward County 18th Annual For the Public Good Annual Fundraiser

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (November 14, 2019) – Legal Aid Programs of Broward County hosted the 18th Annual For the Public Good Annual Fundraiser on November 14, 2019 at Signature Grand.  More than 360 people attended to honor Howard Finkelstein, Broward County Public Defender, for his life-long commitment to ensuring equal access to justice and his career in public service. The event raised more than $88,000.

Event attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner and the program emceed by WSVN’s Brian Entin.  The live auction was conducted by local Broward County attorneys James Heaton, Steve Jaffe and Marta Estevez, Chad Van Horn, Michael Rajtar and Jeff Wank. In addition, Community Affairs Officer for Wells Fargo Pat Morris presented a check for $25,000 to Legal Aid to help prevent homelessness among Veterans.  All proceeds from the event benefited an estimated 20,000 low-income individuals and families, including children, seniors, veterans, homeless individuals, survivors of domestic violence and other crimes, unaccompanied immigrant minors, and persons living with HIV/AIDS by enabling Legal Aid Programs of Broward to continue to provide free civil legal representation, advice, and education.

Sponsors included Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC; JM Family Enterprises Inc.; Jacqueline & Bruce Rogow; Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk; Shutts; Talenfeld Law; Tripp Scott, P.A.; Win Leavitt & Sharon Bourassa, Esq.; Broward County Bar Association; Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Tam A. English; Florida Power & Light; H. Collins Forman, Esq.; Glantz Law; Gunster; Keiser University; Kelley Kronenberg, Attorneys at Law; Kim Vaughan Lerner, LLP; Rhoda and Stephen Moss; Valley National Bank; Van Horn Law Group; Young Lawyers Section of BCBA; Brenda D. Forman, Broward County Clerk of Court; Family of Howard Finkelstein; The Florida Bar Foundation; Anne Johnson; LAN Infotech, LLC; Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A.; Shendell & Pollock, P.L.; Signature Grand; St. Thomas University School of Law; Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L; and Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP;  4imprint; Barboza Law & Associates, P.A.;
Lorna Brown-Burton, Esq.; Carlos E. Sandoval P.A.; Centennial Bank; Chorowski & Clary, P.A.; Fiske & Company; Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm, P.A.; The Quackenbush Law Firm; Rajtar & Associates, P.A.; Robert M. Bell, P.A.; Transworld Business Advisors; Veritext Legal Solutions and Daily Business Review.

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Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) is a nonprofit law firm established in 2003 and funded, in part, by the Legal Services Corporation. The mission is to improve the lives of low income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. 


Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) is a nonprofit law firm established in 1973. The mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation, and education to the poor of Broward County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low income community and to encourage self-sufficiency. 

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) are 501(c)(3) corporations registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer services (LAS #SC-02337 and CCLA #CH19226). All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 within the state OR VISITING WWW.FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Public Law 104-134 requires donors be advised that any funds received by Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida may not be expended for any purpose prohibited by the Legal Services Corporation Act of Public Law 104-134.