Banner Year: Signature Event tops its fundraising goal


– Photos by John Meiu

Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF), a foundation serving the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession, raised $310,000 for law-related programs across Oakland County at the 16th Annual Signature Event. More than 400 influential members of the legal community were in attendance on May 1 at Oakland Hills Country Club.

"We are so amazed and thankful every year by the unwavering support of our members and sponsors,” OCBF President Eric Pelton said. “Their generous donations and sponsorships ensure we continue to have the means to help fund even more local legal aid and education nonprofits.”

In total, $242,000 was raised from sponsorship activity and an additional $67,720 was raised in ticket sales and donations combined, for a grand total of $310,000.

Since 2002, OCBF has contributed more than $1.7 million to legal assistance and legal education programs. Proceeds from events have funded grants to organizations such as Family Law Assistance Project, The RESTORE Foundation, several programs through University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Legal Aid Mini Clinics, and Beaumont Hospital Legal Aid for Children and Families.

PHOTO #1: The Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF) hosted its 16th Annual Signature event on Friday, May 1, to benefit Michigan-based law-related charitable causes on Friday, May 1, at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.  Among members of the bench at the Signature Event were (left to right) Oakland County 46th District Court Judge Sheila Johnson, Oakland County Probate Court Judge Linda Hallmark, and Oakland County Circuit Court Judges Cheryl Matthews, Colleen O’Brien, and Leo Bowman of the Oakland Circuit Court.  The mission of the OCBF is to serve the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession by funding or promoting programs that foster the honor, integrity, welfare, and understanding of the law or the legal system; educate the public about the role of lawyers in society; and improve the accessibility and affordability of the legal services.  The OCBF also supports the Adams Pratt Collection at the Oakland County Courthouse Library.

PHOTO #2: Current and emeritus members of the Oakland County Bar Foundation turned out in force for the Signature Event including (front row, left to right) OCBF Treasurer Kaveh Kashef, Vice President Chuck Moore, President Eric Pelton, Secretary Elizabeth Luckenbach, and Immediate Past President Daniel Quick; in addition to (middle row, left to right) Sue Ellen Eisenberg, Diana Dietle, Tom Tallerico, Cynthia Brazzil, Patrick McCauley, Brenda Orlando, Veronica Leonard, Kirsten Gramzow, Lynn Sirich, Marc Jerabek, and Gerald Fisher; along with (back row, left to right) Mike Schloff, Joe Papelian, Patrick McCarthy, David Plunkett, Mike Sullivan, Tom Cranmer, and David C. Anderson.

PHOTO #3: Sharing smiles at the event were (left to right) Karen Safran, Barry Howard, Tom Cranmer, and Denise Boch.

PHOTO #4: Posing for a photo at the OCBF fund-raiser were (left to right) Rob Morad, Marla Parker, and James Parks.

PHOTO #5: Oakland County Bar Association President Tom Howlett, of the Googasian Law Firm, and his wife, Kim, were among those who attended the event at Oakland Hills Country Club.

PHOTO #6: Also enjoying the event were (left to right) Circuit Court Judge Mary Ellen Brennan, Alaina Bayliss, Mike Sullivan, and Brenda Orlando.