Willie Gary Law Firm and Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Provide and Serve Holiday Meals to Over 1500 Hungry Families for the 5th Consecutive Year
Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Calls on Gary Law Firm to Help Continue the Undertaking of Feeding Disadvantaged Families
STUART, FL – Employees of the Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L. recently partnered with Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in Stuart, Florida to provide holiday meals to disadvantaged families from the community. This is the fifth consecutive year that the two organizations have joined forces for this worthwhile endeavor. The Gary Law Firm sponsored the cost of the meal as well as assisted the employees from the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center in preparing the delicious, down-home holiday meal complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, carrots, dressing, dinner rolls and cake! Together, employee volunteers from the law firm and the child care center served the meals in celebration of the holiday season to families from the surrounding community.
Over 25 employees from the Gary Law Office donated their time for this worthwhile endeavor. Volunteers spent the afternoon cooking the food, packaging meals for take-out, replenishing food items, cleaning tables and serving those families who chose to dine-in. Families began to converge at the child care center early that afternoon in anticipation of the holiday feast. A line of people extended beyond the front door of the child care center into the adjacent parking lot. Over 1500 meals were served throughout the course of the afternoon. Nearly half of the 1500 meals were distributed during the first 90 minutes.
“My heart is always with the least of these,” commented Willie Gary. “I commend Gertrude Walden Child Care Center for their commitment to helping those who are less fortunate. Gertrude Walden works tirelessly to feed families in our community and I am just honored that we were able to help them achieve this goal for the holiday feast. Through this effort, we were able to provide dinners to families who, in many cases, might not have anything to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. With today’s needs so prevalent and so pronounced, I’m glad we were able to contribute,” continued Gary.
Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million to their alma mater Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Children Enjoy Carnival Games, Rides, Cotton Candy, Music, Face Painting and a Visit from Santa Claus
STUART, FL – Prominent attorney, Willie E. Gary, and the Gary Foundation recently hosted the 13th Annual Kidz Carnival at Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida. Thousands of children from five counties were invited to attend the event to receive toys and enjoy food, Christmas music, carnival rides and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L. along with Dean Baumgartner, the Porter Law Firm, AXA Advisors, Inc., Parks and Crump, LLC., Searcy, Denney, Scaraola, Barnhart & Shipley PA, The Emanuel Firm and Jimmy and Geraldine Young, graciously sponsored the purchase of over 2000 toys. Many businesses made financial and in-kind contributions in support of this worthwhile event. Sponsors for the carnival included: Gary Financial Group, Malone Law, Coca Cola, Battle Creek Community Foundation, 104.7 The Flame, and Harvey Moore & Associates.
Over 20 youth organizations from Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were invited to bring young people to the carnival to pick out a gift of his or her choice and enjoy the festivities. The Kidz Carnival is a highly anticipated event on the Treasure Coast. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Gary Foundation Kidz Carnival has been providing toys to disadvantaged youth who otherwise may not receive any presents for Christmas. Attendees enjoyed sno-cones, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, a bounce house and obstacle course, slides, a rock climbing wall, a video game truck, as well as numerous competitive rounds of musical chairs.
“This is by far my favorite event of the year,” said Gary. “Christmas is about giving to others and making sure that children, who are less fortunate, can also enjoy the excitement of receiving toys. Given the current economic climate, we have found that there are more children in need than ever before. Kids being kids – that’s what the carnival is all about,” continued Gary. “Our job is to make sure they have fun, and don’t have any worries for the day.”
Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million pledge to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.