More than 1,000 guests joined the King County Bar Foundation at its 13th annual Breakfast With Champions fundraiser on March 19 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. The fundraising event brought in more than $280,000 to support pro bono civil legal aid and diversity programs.
During this year's program, the guests were welcomed by Hon. Charles Burdell, Jr. (Ret.), who once again emceed the hour-long program, which included a provocative keynote speech from ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. Abrams can be seen on "Good Morning America" for his updates on current legal events.
The crowd also heard from King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi, who, as a recipient of a KCBF minority law student scholarship, shared his personal experiences growing up and then going to law school. He highlighted the importance of diversity in the legal sector and discussed the lasting impact that contributions to KCBF's diversity programs have in the local bar and bench.
In this academic year, the Foundation has provided $125,000 for scholarships to minority students at the Seattle University and University of Washington law schools. Since 1970, more than 700 scholarships have been awarded, totaling in excess of $1.9 million.
The Foundation also premiered a video that highlighted the KCBF/KCBA Pro Bono Services program. The video told the story of Carlina, a Family Law Mentor client and domestic-violence survivor, who was able to get a domestic-violence protection order as well as a divorce settlement and protective parenting plan, thanks to the work of volunteer attorneys William Braun, Susan Carroll and Betsy Crumb. The video can be seen at the www.KCBF.org website under the Breakfast With Champions link.
Following the video, KCBF President Harry H. Schneider, Jr., joined by Carlina, made an impassioned plea to encourage guests to make a donation in support of the Foundation's pro bono legal services programs and diversity initiatives. Last year, every dollar contributed by the Foundation resulted in $8.65 in legal services or helped leverage an education for a minority law school student in King County.
The King County Bar Foundation would like to thank the sponsors, table captains, guests, trustees, staff and volunteers for making the 2013 Breakfast With Champions a success. Special acknowledgements go to the members of the Breakfast planning committee, who volunteered their time and energy to organize this event: Chair Michael S. Schechter, Judge Burdell, Eric P. Gillett, Mark G. Honeywell, M. Colleen Kinerk, John R. Ruhl, Donald B. Scaramastra, Scott A. Smith and Benson D. Wong.
For more photos, the video and more information about the event and the King County Bar Foundation, please visit www.kcbf.org or call 206-267-7005.
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