RAISING THE BAR CAMPAIGN
The Augusta Bar Association is actively involved in the community and public service activities throughout the year. With its Raising the Bar Campaign, the Association focuses its efforts on a particular charity throughout each year, both through fundraising and volunteerism. Members are encouraged to Raise the Bar by offering their time and other resources to the selected charity. The charity chosen is typically one that may not have the broad recognition and tremendous financial backing of our community.
SAFE HOMES OF AUGUSTA
The Augusta Bar Association presented a check for $10,724.97 to SafeHomes of Augusta on January 19, 2012. SafeHomes offers comprehensive services to persons experiencing domestic violence and works to educate the community in an effort to break the cycle of violence. The funds were raised throughout 2011 by the bar association. Pictured from left are Augusta Bar Association Immediate Past President Sam Nicholson; Aimee Hall of SafeHomes; Meghann Eppenbrock of SafeHomes; and bar association Secretary Adam King.
2010: In 2010, $10,000 was donated to The Berry Center, a non-profit organization which provides services to adult physically and mentally handicapped persons.The funds will be used to assist in ongoing operations. Through the Raising the Bar Campaign, local attorneys participated in service projects to improve The Berry Center facility on Walton Way and also participated in fundraising efforts to benefit the center. Pictured, from left: 2011 Augusta Bar Association President-Elect Sam Nicholson; Berry Center Director Janice Miller; Berry Center Board President Barbara Ball; and bar association Treasurer Mark Williamson were at the presentation.
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2009: In 2009, the Augusta Bar Association raised $9,000 and conducted a clothing drive for the Garden City Rescue Mission, a local safe haven for homeless and people in need in the Augusta area. It maintains shelters for men, women and children in downtown Augusta. To read the gracious thank you letter we received, click here:
In photo at left, pictured are 2009 bar president Leland M. Malchow, a representative from the Garden City Mission and Edward J. Coleman, III.
2008: In 2008, the Augusta Bar Association supported Lynndale, Inc., a private, non-profit support service, which provides people with disabilities and their families valuable and cost effective support, training, and community resources, enabling them to determine their future through informed choices.
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS
The Augusta Bar Association also presents the following public service awards:
The Liberty Bell Award is given annually to a non-lawyer to acknowledge the recipient’s outstanding community service. The award recognizes a person who promotes better understanding of the rule of law, encourages a greater respect for law, stimulates a sense of civic responsibility, and contributes to good government in the community. The award is given at the annual Law Day Dinner. Past recipients include:
2013: Ronnie Strength, former Sheriff of Richmond County
2012: Gen. Perry Smith
2011: Boone Knox, Augusta philanthropist, business and community leader;
2010: no award
2009: James L. Kendrick, Augusta business and community leader;
2008: James M. Hull, Augusta businessman and philanthropist;
2007: U.S. Congressman Charlie Norwood;
2006: The Hon. Jack Connell, former Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives;
2005: The Hon. Douglas Barnard, Jr., former U.S. Congressman;
2004: Dr. Ed Cashin of Augusta State University;
2003: Carolyn Maund of the American Red Cross.
The Robert L. Allgood Award is given annually to a member of the Augusta Bar Association who has exhibited exemplary service and commitment to the bar and the community over a substantial period of time. Since 2007, this award has been given at the Annual Business Meeting in January. Recipients have been:
2014: The Hon. Carl C. Brown, Jr.
2013: The Hon. W. Leon Barfield
2012: Wyckliffe A. Knox, Jr.
2011: Dewitt R. Dent, Esq.
2010: J. Patrick Rice, Esq.
2009: Raymond G. Chadwick, Jr., Esq.
2008: The Hon. Daniel J. Craig
2007: The Hon. Robert L. Allgood