Daily Archives: December 19, 2014

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