October 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of our Go Casual for Justice campaign. This “dress down” denim-day fundraiser encourages individuals throughout the city to join with their workplaces and get excited about supporting their neighbors in the District.
Go Casual creates a unique opportunity for individuals to take an active role in positively shaping the legal landscape of our community for those who need it most. So far through the campaign, 34 dedicated workplaces have raised over $33,000 to support DC’s civil legal aid network. The generosity of Go Casual participants has strengthened our grants and loan repayment assistance programs, allowing us to provide debt support for more than 65 legal aid attorneys in DC who, along with other legal aid attorneys, serve more than 20,000 individuals in the community.
Once again in 2018, our friends at Arnold & Porter went above and beyond for Go Casual, knocking their fundraising out of the park.
Retired Partner Philip Horton and Senior Associate Melissa Weberman (who both serve in DC Bar Foundation leadership roles) built enthusiasm for a Halloween-themed “Trick-or-Treat for Justice” event. The team harnessed the power of email, Photoshop, and holiday spirit to get their colleagues involved. (See the above photo for Phil’s transformation into the Headless Horseman!)
Through these efforts, Arnold & Porter staff raised an incredible almost $9,500 – nearly $3,000 beyond the amount they raised last year! We could not be more thankful for Arnold & Porter’s partnership and passionate dedication to legal aid for our community. We can’t wait to see what they do next year.
Did you know? There’s still time to Go Casual! We need YOUR participation to meet our goals for this year’s campaign: 60 participating workplaces and $70,000 raised. To learn more about hosting an event in your workplace, please contact Greer Richey, Development and Communications Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org.