Collecting clothes: ALA gives back to veterans

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The Association of Legal Administrators — Metropolitan Detroit Chapter (ALA) recently gathered clothing to donate to the Michigan Veterans Foundation. Displaying some of the items collected were (left to right) Larry Halicki with Pepper Hamilton, Lyn Calu with Bowman & Brooke, Vivian Straffon with Miller Canfield, Denise Doherty with Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson, & Citkowski PC, Valerie Wolgast with Michigan Veterans Foundation, Linda Benns of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers, & Golden, Karen Comfort with Vandeveer Garzia, Lois Martin with Secrest Wardle, and Ronda Harris with Miller Canfield.

Photo courtesy of the ALA

By Christine L. Mobley
Legal News

Charitable giving is a long-held tradition of the Association of Legal Administrators – Metropolitan Detroit Chapter (ALA).

Over the years, the organization has been involved in several charitable efforts including working with children’s charities, domestic abuse shelters and the Special Olympics, to name a few. Most recently, members concentrated  their efforts on a clothing drive for the Michigan Veterans Foundation (MVF).

The MVF contacted ALA President-Elect Vivian Straffon with Miller Canfield in a call seeking donations for business attire for veterans. She took their request to the ALA board. “We decided that we wanted to make it an ALA effort,” Denise Doherty with Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson, & Citkowski PC, ALA director of Meetings & Publicity,  explained.

The donations started pouring into the different designated drop-off locations and in a relatively short period of time the ALA had amassed a large quantity of men’s business and casual attire including suits, jackets, casual and dress pants, dress shirts, ties, dress shoes, tennis shoes, t-shirts, beltsand baseball caps.

“We got a really good response from our membership,”  ALA President Beth Lockwood with Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell, & Tayler PC said. “I think everyone wants to help out the veterans — it’s such a good organization. The organization wasn’t asking for money — they were just asking you to clean out your closet.”

 

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