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Area law firm helps ‘re-purpose’ historic Durfee School facility

Goodman Acker, P.C., a personal injury law firm in Southfield, has joined forces with Life Remodeled to support upgrades to the historic Durfee School building in Detroit.

Life Remodeled, a nonprofit organization, invests approximately $5 million in cash, labor, and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. This year’s project involves renovating and re-purposing the former Durfee School into a Community Innovation Center. The Center will focus on entrepreneurship, employment, education, and community activities.

In addition to a financial contribution, Goodman Acker will bolster its support for the project with participation in the Grand Opening event being held on April 27 and an office-wide Volunteer Day on May 18.

The April 27 grand opening will take place from 3-5 p.m. at 2470 Collingwood Street, Detroit. The event will include an open house with games and tours for local students and community residents. Goodman Acker representatives will be at the grand opening, giving out items such as children’s coloring books, business card holders, and more to those who attend.

The May 18 Goodman Acker Volunteer Day will run from 1-4 p.m. at the Durfee Community Innovation Center. The firm’s entire staff will be lending their hands to do on-site work, including outdoor beautification and gardening, painting, and organizing classroom spaces.

“We are proud to partner with Life Remodeled to help transform the Durfee School into a Community Innovation Center,” said Jordan Acker, partner at Goodman Acker and director of Business Development. “Durfee School means a lot to my family – my grandfather graduated from there, and my grandmother graduated from Center High School next door. Revitalizing the neighborhood with a building that builds a future for this neighborhood is something that all of us at Goodman Acker are extremely proud to participate in.”


OCBF to boost support for legal aid programs through Signature Event

The Oakland County Bar Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession, will host its 19th Annual Signature Event to continue a long tradition of support for Michigan-based legal aid and education programs on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.

Proceeds from past events have assisted the important work of the CASA Program [Court-Appointed Special Advocates] through CARE House, the Family Law Assistance Project, Legal Aid for Children and Families, Michigan Center for Civic Education, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, Troy Historical Society and more. In the past two years, the Signature Event has raised nearly $600,000, and with the help of such sponsors as Stout and Van Conway and Partners – both platinum sponsors for this year’s event – the Foundation is confident this year’s event will be another successful fund-raiser.

Tickets to the Signature Event are $175 per person and may be purchased at http://bit.ly/OCBF SignatureEvent2018, or by sending payment to the Oakland County Bar Foundation, 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.


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