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May 14, 2009 -- Donations triple during food drive

May 14, 2009 --- For Immediate Release --- Contact: Christine McManus 303-323-5001

Donations triple during food drive

Cans, cash continue to pour in from “competing” Denver law firms

DENVER – The local legal community stepped up to the plate to meet risingneeds at Food Bank of the Rockies, tripling the efforts from last year for this year’s 10th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Food Drive.

“This news more than makes my day, it makes my entire month!” said KevinSeggelke, President and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.

Sponsored by the Denver Bar Association’s Community Action Network committee, the donations collected during the two-week drive continue to pour in.

Whereas the drive reached above $10,000 in 2007 and $15,000 (or 100,000 meals) in 2008, this year’s donations already top $45,000.

Two leading law firms in particular pushed donation totals to an all-time high, spurred by a friendly competition. Faegre & Benson collected $18,000 and 15 barrels and Wheeler Trigg Kennedy collected more than $12,000 and six barrels. In addition, 68 other firms and businesses in the Denver metro area participated.

“We are so happy that we could do this for the Food Bank,” said Elizabeth Martinez, office manager at Wheeler Trigg Kennedy. “It is wonderful to know that in this time of need, two amazing firms filled with giving people, are able to make such a big impact.”

As in years’ past, floor leaders on all four floors at Faegre & Benson lead highly active donation efforts, said Candace Whitaker, the firm’s coordinator of pro bono and community services. The generosity was contagious, she said.

“Given the economy, we weren’t sure at first how we’d do this year,” said Whitaker. “Each floor had bake sales, raffles and a silent auction. Yet this year’s contributions blew us away too!”

Faegre & Benson partner attorney Jim Spaanstra challenged some of his former partners, who now work at Wheeler Trigg Kennedy, to a competition to see who could raise the most donations.

“That started a firestorm of ‘barrel buying,’” said Whitaker.

Each full barrel is estimated to contain $125 worth of food.

Corporate sponsor Staples volunteered to pick up all the barrels, free of charge, and bring them to Food Bank of the Rockies.

Donations were collected at law firms the weeks of April 27 through May 8. The DBA CAN Committee offers 8,500 DBA members year-round opportunities to reach out to the community and provide valuable legal, social and civic assistance to those in need.

CAN is led by chairs Nike Fleming and Karen Spaulding, with DBA Board of Trustees Liaison David Ball and staff members Heather Clark and Alexa Johnson.

Floor Leaders (L-R Linda Shur, Treasa Burke, Lori True, Shannon Sprock)