Our Fifty For 50 Campaign

SCH Treats AGC Georgia Staff to Lunch

Several SCH employees treated the AGC Georgia staff to lunch on MLK day.

On a cold morning in February, the workers at a downtown construction site wait in line for a Chick-Fil-A breakfast, served by employees of SCH.

We love our Seniors - Valentines Day Party at Westminster Commons.

Kim Coyle's grandaughters Cameryn (Age 10) and Riley (Age 4) with the Valentines they made for the troops.

Connie Kaplin and others volunteered at Becca's Closet in Marietta to assist high school girls with shopping for a prom dress.

Tour de Broward - Fort Lauderdale office families at the finish line. 

Pat Strickland and others give an enthusiastic "Thumbs Up" for the Red Cross blood drive.

SCH Goes Red! SCH employees firmwide wore red to support Heart Awareness Month, and specifically awareness of ARVD - Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia.

SCH Atlanta Offiice and Partner Ron Robey present SCH Foundation donation to MUST Ministries Board Member Rita Moore.

Volunteers for the D.H. Stanton Elementary Community Garden Project

Homemade Goodies for First Responders Bake Sale Fundraiser

DC Office employees participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

2015 marks the 50th Anniversary for Smith, Currie & Hancock.  The firm is extremely grateful for the clients and employees who have contributed to its success for the past half-century.  As part of Smith Currie’s fifty year anniversary celebration the firm has commenced a community service campaign - Fifty for 50.   Its purpose is to share the firm’s success and longevity by giving back to the communities we serve.  Through its attorneys and staff in all seven of our national offices and with financing from our Smith Currie Foundation, the firm has committed to participating in fifty community service projects in 2015.  You may see a full list of foundation donations made for our Fifty for 50 campaign on the SCH Foundation web page. We are excited about the future of our firm, and look forward to continuing our community outreach initiatives for many years to come.  Please be sure to visit this page throughout the year to view pictures and write-ups for each of our Fifty for 50 events.

JANUARY EVENTS:

Newnan High School Donation: A group of Special Education students from Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia were taken to Stevi B’s Pizza for a community-based instruction trip using funds donated from the Smith Currie Foundation.  The students were able to independently handle real-world tasks that most of us take for granted like ordering from a menu, selecting their own drink/pizza, and paying for their meal.  Through outings like these, the students are given the opportunity to learn real-world problem-solving and personal interaction skills within the communities in which they live.  Following the event, each participant was kind enough to send the firm personalized thank-you notes pictured in the banner image above.  We could not have asked for a more worthwhile endeavor to kick off our campaign than this one.  Well done, Newnan High! 

MLK Decatur Service Project:  Partner, Jim Bidgood, from the Atlanta office participated in the MLK Decatur Service Project in Decatur, Georgia. Members of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church provided free house repairs and yard work to help at-risk seniors in the historic Oakhurst neighborhood.

Lunch for our Trade Association Friends at AGC Georgia:
Several SCH Atlanta office employees provided lunch to AGC Georgia staff. 

Breakfast for Construction Site Workers:
SCH and served Chick Fil A breakfast and coffee to workers at a downtown Atlanta construction site near the office.

Blanket and Coat Drives:  In our Atlanta office, Bria Barnes headed up a blanket drive and donated them to the Atlanta Mission on one of the below freezing nights in the city.  The DC office employees also teamed up with tenants in their office building to give back to the community by collecting coats and blankets for the homeless shelters in their area.

Jeans Friday: Employees in all of the SCH offices are donating money each Jeans Friday.  The funds will be used to help with various community service projects throughout the year.

Georgia Tech Mock Trial Competition: Partner Joe Staak and Associate Todd Heffner volunteered their time to serve as judges for the Georgia Tech Mock Trial Competition in Atlanta. Teams of undergraduate students from more than 15 Southeast colleges and universities participated. The competition involved trying a hypothetical wrongful death trial.  During each round plaintiff teams were pitted against defendant teams.  Judges presided over these trials and scored each team, the individual lawyers and the witnesses.  There were four rounds of competition to select the winning team.   

Donations to California Charities: The SCH San Francisco, California office employees made donations to local charities Bridges to Prosperity and Ruby's Place in Oakland.  Bridges to Prosperity provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.   The mission of Ruby's Place is to assist women and their children in crisis by providing a safe, temporary home, support services, and hope through empowerment, resulting in self-sufficient clients who return to the community; and to help break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness.

Adopt a Golden Atlanta: Helen Davis from the Atlanta office volunteered to work for the Atlanta Adopt a Golden monthly adoption drive.  Adopt a Golden Atlanta is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding warm, loving permanent homes for Golden Retrievers in order to prevent them from becoming strays or adding to the shelter overpopulation. 

FEBRUARY EVENTS: 

Valentines for Seniors and Troops: Employees of the Atlanta office made homemade Valentines and distributed them during the Valentine party held for residents at Westminster Commons, a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Atlanta.  Jamie Gossett provided harp music for the Valentine party at Westminster.  She provided another harp recital for the residents of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehabilitation - Wesley Woods, on Valentine's Day.  As music is such an important part of daily life and therapy for residents of nursing facilities, the firm donated two new boom boxes for use in music programs and activities. 

Many SCH employees and family members serve, or have served, in the U.S. military.  SCH appreciates all the service of all military personnel. Kim Coyle and her granddaughters made homemade Valentines to send to the troops.

Becca's Closet:  Connie Kaplin in the Atlanta office coordinated a dress collection and volunteer efforts to help Becca's Closet in Marietta, Georgia.   Becca's Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools' military balls, homecomings and proms. 

Tour de Broward:  The Fort Lauderdale office employees and families participated in the Tour de Broward to raise money for the Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. 

Red Cross Blood Drive:  Pat Strickland coordinated with Red Cross to organize a blood drive in the Atlanta office.  The firm employees, family and friends donated 25 pints of blood.

Go Red for Women - Heart Awareness Month:  As part of  Heart Awareness Month, the employees of SCH firmwide wore red in support of "Go Red for Women." One in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year.   Employees in each office were challenged to wear red and pledge funds to the American Heart Association, helping to save women’s lives. 

MARCH EVENTS:

MUST Ministries Collection:  Debbie Alexander spearheaded a food drive for MUST Ministries in the Atlanta office. MUST addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children, serving neighbors in need and transforming lives and communities in the Cobb and Cherokee county areas.  SCH collected needed food and toiletry items for donation to the organization.  The SCH Foundation also contributed $500 to MUST.

Fight for Air Climb:  San Francisco office employee Michael Durfey organized and raised money for the American Lung Association by participating in the Fight for Air Climb.  Associate Alyssa Bussey joined him in the event.  The Fight for Air Climb is one of the American Lung Association's signature fundraising events. With events in more than 65 cities, participants young and old climb to raise funds in support of the mission of the American Lung Association: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. 

Atlanta Elementary School Community Garden Project: Bradley Shedd participated in an effort to build a fence around the community garden at the DH Stanton Elementary School in Atlanta.  The school is beginning the first Urban Agriculture Program there to introduce APS students to Urban gardening.

APRIL EVENTS:

Bake Sale for First Responders:  Atlanta office staff prepared and sold homemade baked goods to raise funds for the Fire Fighters at Atlanta Fire Station #4.  The fire station is in desperate need of repairs and new kitchen cabinets and appliances.  Our first responders deserve to live in decent surroundings while on duty to protect and serve our communities.  Smith, Currie is proud to contribute to this cause.

MAY EVENTS:

Dancing Stars of Atlanta:  Smith, Currie & Hancock was a sponsor for the Alzheimer's Association - Georgia Chapter fundraiser "Dancing Stars of Atlanta."  The firm sponsored dance participant David York, who raised funds for the Alzheimer's Association in memory of Overton Currie, an SCH founding partner who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.  SCH salutes David's commitment to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer research, care and support.    

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure:  Employees of the DC office participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 

Newnan High School Class Special Olympics:  Denise Clark volunteered at Newan High School, assisting student athletes who participated in the Special Olympics.

FOGAS Pet Rescue:  In recognition of National Pet Month, Kim Coyle in Atlanta organized a drive to collect dog food, treats and newspapers for use in pet crates at the Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter, a "no-kill" facility in Ellijay, Georgia.

JULY EVENTS:

Fishing Trip:  Helen Davis (Atlanta office) and her family took inner city youth on a fishing trip.

Life Academy Ministries in Timisoara, Romania:  Eric, Chere, and Colin Nelson worked with Life Academy Ministries in Timisoara, Romania.  Life Academy works with kids and young adults that have aged-out of orphanages in Romania to help provide skills for adjusting to life. 

Back to School Drives: Atlanta employees donated school supplies to help Fill Their Backpacks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.  The school serves the Grant Park, East Atlanta, Reynoldstown, Edgewood, and Kirkwood neighborhoods.  The Fort Lauderdale office also participated in "Pack the Pack," collecting new backpacks and supplies for donation to a local church.  The church drive goal was to collect 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for children in the local Fort Lauderdale community. 

Hope for Christmas (in July):  Each year Pleasant Grove Baptist Church participates in a program called "Hope Firm Christmas."  The programs objective is to bring the joy of Christmas to approximately 2,500 families and 7,000 children in the Atlanta local area.  Each child receives two toys, stocking stuffers, and one board game that the family can enjoy together. Smith Currie employees collected family board games during the month of July to be donated to the program for distribution in December.