GOOD PEOPLE. GOOD WORKS.
Consistent with the values of our co-founders, Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys and staff are engaged as community volunteers across many philanthropic, economic development and professional organizations in the Valley. “We’re not just lawyers. We need to be good corporate citizens as well,” co-founder Mike Gallagher said. The firm’s long history of community involvement bears this out.
Whether partnering to support the interests of our clients or pursuing the personal or professional interests of our own employees, giving back to the community is a fundamental principle of the firm. Virtually every Gallagher & Kennedy employee participates, whether as a community volunteer, board member, speaker or advocate.
Gallagher and Kennedy’s contributions have included volunteer service hours, financial support and pro bono work. As a firm, we come together during the year to champion such worthy causes as Valley of the Sun United Way, the Channel 12 (KPNX) Turkey Tuesday Challenge, the Salvation Army Adopt-a-Kettle program, United Blood Services and Homeward Bound, among others. Individually, our employees are engaged with more than 85 philanthropies, economic development groups and professional organizations (see partial list below).
With 40 years of active engagement in the communities we serve, our local involvement has not only enriched the lives of our employees, but also contributed to making our communities better for all.
Feed My Starving Children
“Our continuing commitment packing meals for Feed My Starving Children made us feel that, once again, being good community citizens reaches beyond the borders of our firm. Quite literally, these meals feed hungry children across borders around the world” said, Gallagher & Kennedy Board Member and attorney, Shannon Clark. On July 29, 2016 a team from Gallagher & Kennedy donned protective hairnets and packed nutritious meals in support of Feed My Starving Children. “It’s such a great event to be part of, and it’s actually a lot of fun to come together as a G&K team to do so much good helping others,” personal injury attorney Lincoln Combs chimed in. Once again, it was a good day all around!
On December 2nd, twenty-three members of Gallagher & Kennedy’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death practice group and a special invited guest of the group rolled up their sleeves and donned protective hairnets to pack 21,600 highly nutritious meals in support of Feed My Starving Children at their packing facility in Tempe, Arizona. The meal production from the group’s packing shift equates to a supply of meals to feed 50 children for seven months.
“Everyone felt good that we were able to prepare meals that will be distributed to hungry children in countries around the world,” said personal injury attorney Shannon Clark, who organized the outing for the team. Along with a monetary donation of $1,200, the group brought their spirit of teamwork, a lively amount of teasing and banter and a willingness to make a difference in the community for the benefit of others in need. It was a good day all around!
“Participating in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Kettle program has become a beloved holiday tradition for many of us,” said Carolyn Sullivan, legal assistant in the litigation practice who organized the firm’s volunteer outing for its 4th consecutive year. G&K employees along with their families, friends and furry friends rang bells for the Salvation Army’s Kettle at Biltmore Fashion Park on Saturday, December 20th. Thirty volunteers and six family pets manned the kettle in shifts from 10am to 6:15pm, singing carols and exchanging good cheer with busy shoppers raising just under $500 during the G&K shifts. “Our kids had so much fun, and supporting the red kettle program is such a great way to volunteer as a family during the holidays,” said Lincoln Combs, personal injury attorney who participated with his family for their 2nd year. Throughout the day, everyone agreed that supporting the important work of the Salvation Army brought them a sense of holiday happiness.
SOME ORGANIZATIONS WE SERVE & SUPPORT
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Symphony Association
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Valley Youth Theatre
Community & Philanthropy
American Heart Association
Arizona Burn Foundation
Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Barrow Neurological Foundation
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
Brophy College Preparatory – Board of Trustees
Goodwill of Central Arizona
Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce
Hon Kachina Council
ICM Food and Clothing Bank
Liberty Wildlife Foundation
Phoenix Police Foundation
Phoenix Public Library Foundation
Phoenix Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Police Activities League
St. Joseph’s Hospital & Barrows Neurological Institute
St. Mary’s Food Bank
St. Vincent de Paul
The Ronald McDonald House
The Wellness Community of Central Arizona
Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Wills for Heroes
YMCA Metro Phoenix
Economic Development Organizations
Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Greater Phoenix Leadership
Local First Arizona
Arizona Educational Foundation
Arizona Equal Justice Foundation
Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter
Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers
State Bar of Arizona
Women & Children
Arizona Women’s Forum
Boy Scouts of America
Central Arizona Shelter Services
Feed My Starving Children
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Stand for Children
United Way Women’s Leadership Council