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14th Annual Willie E. Gary Kids Carnival Provides Toys and Holiday Cheer to Hundreds of Children

Children Enjoy Carnival Games, Rides, Cotton Candy, Music, Face Painting and a Visit from Santa Claus

Prominent attorney, Willie E. Gary, and the Gary Foundation hosted the 14th Annual Kids Carnival at Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida. Hundreds 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.L.C. along with AXA Advisors, Inc., Parks and Crump, LLC., Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, Waters Edge Recovery, Advantage Ford of Stuart, Gary Financial Group and Jeffrey and LaVern Clemmons, graciously sponsored the purchase of over 1000 toys. Many local businesses made financial and in-kind contributions in support of this worthwhile event. Sponsors for the carnival included: The Law Offices of Jean Laws-Scott and Phyllis Gillespie, Michael Haygood, Esq., Stevi B’s Pizza, Bagel Break and New York Life.

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 Kids Carnival is a highly anticipated event on the Treasure Coast. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Gary Foundation Kids 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.”

Two young boys are all smiles as they enjoy a visit with Santa Claus

Two young boys are all smiles as they enjoy a visit with Santa Claus

Children from Gertrude Walden Child Care Center enjoy free popcorn

Children from Gertrude Walden Child Care Center
enjoy free popcorn

Employee, Roxanne Broker helped girls find the perfect gift

Employee, Roxanne Broker helped girls find the perfect gift

Shaw University Board Member Willie Gary and Wife Gloria Gary Hosted Shaw University Girls Basketball Team at their Home

The Gary’s Welcome  the Championship Team Back to Florida as they Prepare to Play in  a series of basketball tournaments

Shaw University Board member Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria Gary welcomed the Shaw University’s Girls Basketball team to South Florida. The Garys hosted a private dinner for the team at the Gary estate, located in beautiful Sewall’s Point, Florida. The championship winning team is in Florida to compete in a series of basketball exhibitions and tournaments.

The 17 member Shaw University Girls Basketball Team enjoyed live entertainment and a five-course dinner. The Garys hoped the gathering served as motivation and encouragement to excel in academics and on the basketball court.

“Gloria and I are honored to have the opportunity to open the doors of our home to the Shaw University Girls Basketball team,’ commented Gary. “These students have worked hard and played hard and they demonstrate the true meaning of teamwork and camaraderie. I’m so proud of their athletic and academic accomplishments and I wish them much success,” continued Gary.

Before dining at the Gary Estate, the Shaw Basketball team volunteered their time at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center. The team sorted Christmas gifts and cleaned the facility in preparation for the Holiday season.

The Gary Foundation

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 their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.             

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Shaw Lady Bears and coaches pose with Gertrude Walden Child Care Center Director, Thelma Washington (front center) and Chan Abney (first row far right) General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, and P.L.L.C.

 

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Shaw Lady Bears and coaches assisted sorting and wrapping the Christmas gifts for the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center

Stuart Attorney Donald Watson wins Florida PAL Volunteer of the Year Award

On December 15, 2014 Stuart Attorney Donald Watson received the Florida Police Athletic-Activities League Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with the Fort Pierce PAL.

Attorney Watson, a partner with The Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti & Watson, and several members of his family attended the awards luncheon held at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Conference Center in Lake Buena Vista, FL. In addition to the award, a photo and story of his achievements will be featured in the SFAPAL Illustrated Magazine.

Ten years ago, Attorney Watson became involved with the Fort Pierce PAL after auditioning for a part in a play. Since then, he has contributed countless hours, raised thousands of dollars, and completed a seventh term as vice president of the Board of Directors.

While serving alongside of PAL youth leaders and witnessing first-hand their diligence, Attorney Watson developed the idea to host a PAL Youth Appreciation Luncheon. The first one took place in early 2013 and was sponsored by him. By recognizing the youth for their efforts, Attorney Watson hopes it will encourage them to continue to serve and do well.

“Giving back to my community,” is phrase often used to express a desired goal, but for Attorney Watson it has become a way of life. He continues to further PAL’s goal of “Filling Playgrounds not Prisons”, through his involvement in other charitable events, though they were not directly under the auspices of PAL. Among the many things, he served as a FCAT tutor in 2012 at Resurrection Family Life Worship Center in Fort Pierce; volunteer for Building Bridges in Stuart; master of ceremonies of the Arnold Stanberry Community Achievers’’ Award program highlighting achievements of historical figures and community servants in Martin County and a motivational speaker for pre-school and school-aged students.

Willie E. Gary and the Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C., Sponsor and Serve Holiday Feast at the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center

The Gary Foundation Shows Continued Support to those who are Hungry this Holiday Season

Stuart, FL – For the sixth consecutive year attorney Willie E. Gary and law firm employees sponsored and staffed the holiday feast at Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (GWCCC) in Stuart. On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary P.L.L.C., sponsored the cost of the meals and assisted the employees from the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center with meal preparation, cleanup and meal service.

Various volunteers from Martin County make this event happen each and every Holiday season. “Last month the GWCCC served over 1,500 plates of food for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, said Themla Washington, Executive Director of the Gertrude Walden Child Care Center. I imagined the need would be greater for our holiday feast this year.”

The GWCCC helps to serve over a thousand plates of food each holiday season, and with the 500-700 anticipated guests the center needs all the help they can get each year. The dedication they have to their students, children and families of their community is outstanding. This facility believes in all children and prides itself on offering a warm and safe surrounding for learning and development.

About the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C.
Gary is no stranger to seeking justice. Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants. In 2014, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team an unprecedented $23.6 billion verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.

The Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. present:
The Gertrude Walden Child Care Center’s Holiday Feast
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014 | 3-6 p.m. |
| 601 LAKE STREET STUART, FL 34994|| 772-283-6321|

Our staff is all smiles prior to serving hot meals to the hungry Sandy Gault (far left) Yvonne Reynolds (2nd to left) Dianna Correa (2nd to the right) Stephanie Rivera (far right)

Our staff is all smiles prior to serving hot meals to the hungry Sandy Gault (far left) Yvonne Reynolds (2nd to left) Dianna Correa (2nd to the right) Stephanie Rivera (far right)

Alexis Gary (left) and Chloe Gary (right) assist with food preparation

Alexis Gary (left) and Chloe Gary (right) assist with food preparation

Employees Sandy Gault (left) and Yvonne Reynolds (right) begin plating food for guests

Employees Sandy Gault (left) and Yvonne Reynolds (right) begin plating food for guests