By Holly Wanzer, Wanzer Edwards PC, 2017 Indianapolis Bar Foundation President
Thank you to IndyBar President, Nissa Ricafort, for letting me crash Nissa’s News on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation! It has been my privilege to serve as the President of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation this year and to work with such terrific people on such a great cause.
At the Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) we believe that having the assistance of a lawyer is not a privilege reserved for the wealthy, but is a necessity for anyone facing a legal issue. Every day the money that you donate to the IBF or that you spend at our events helps provide legal assistance to central Indiana residents who would otherwise have to go it alone. Justice is advanced when legal help is available to all, and your support makes it possible for us to provide help to others. A big thanks to all our donors, volunteers and staff who make the good work possible!
The IBF has been hard at work already in 2017! On July 13, we hosted our annual Lawyer Links Classic Golf Outing and Pool Party at the Country Club of Indianapolis. The day began with IBF staff and event committee members doing an anti-rain dance and hesitantly watching the sky. Luckily, the rain went south, and Mother Nature delivered a sunny day.
With a sigh of relief, event staff checked in 108 golfers who took to the course for a fun day of play where they had the opportunity to interact with sponsors and to play on-course games. Non-golfers had the chance to take a dip in the pool which was reserved exclusively for the IBF Pool Party. This first-time event featured food, drinks and much needed relaxation for those non-golfers who were looking for a reason to get out of the office on a summer day. All the fun was for a good cause as proceeds benefit the IBF’s programs and grants, which help advance justice by making pro bono and other services available in central Indiana.
As we head into fall, mark your calendar for the year’s best lawyer event! The IBF’s Evening Under the Stars Gala and Auction will take place on September 8 at the Crane Bay Event Center. This year’s event features the terrific dinner, silent auction and live auction that have made the event a “must attend” for lawyers.
This year, however, the event will also feature an on-site after party following the conclusion of the live auction. Guests will be invited to celebrate their winning bids with live music and dancing.
This black tie optional event is a perfect firm outing or entertainment opportunity for clients or referral sources. Best of all, proceeds raised allow the IBF to continue our work benefitting the legal profession and community. From the Diversity Job Fair and scholarships for law students to the “Ask A Lawyer” pro bono programs and Impact Fund Grant, the IBF puts the funds raised at the Evening Under the Stars event to work in our community.
Please consider being a Patron Sponsor (entitled to up to 10 tickets for the event) or a Friend Sponsor (entitled to up to four tickets to the event). Put on your finest and get ready to make your bids. There is no more fun way to benefit a good cause among friends than the Evening Under the Stars event! See you there! Information on sponsorships and event tickets can be found online at indybar.org/events.