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$12,700 raised for Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

Billiards with the Bar raised $12,700 to provide a much-needed funding boost for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program.

Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation hosted the event on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Rivoli for a worthy cause that serves hot meals to those who need it most.

More than 100 lawyers attended, making the fundraiser a great success, says Joseph Neuberger, past president of the TLA.

“We are indebted to the great help from the TLA's staff who worked hard on the event, as well as the members of my firm and to my co-sponsors Ian Hull of Hull & Hull LLP and the Law Society Foundation. We hope to have a third edition of this event on November 8, 2016 and aim to double the money raised," says Neuberger.

Hull, co-founding partner at Hull & Hull LLP, describes the event as a great night to catch up with friends and enjoy some pool for a good cause.

“The Rivolli is a fun downtown venue for the event and it didn't disappoint,” he says.

With the help of 100 volunteers and donations made through the Law Society Foundation (charitable registration no. 11924 1719 RR0001), the program provides four hot meals weekly to those in need.

Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry, which started in 1998, provides more than 3,500 meals each month and about 45,000 meals annually through the Osgoode Hall cafeteria.

The program, which costs more than $350,000 annually to run, is strained financially and some emergency fundraising initiatives had to be undertaken to ensure that the program could be sustained. The Billiards with the Bar event is the most recent of those efforts.

Neuberger, partner at Neuberger & Partners LLP, says it’s important to remember lawyers can all work together to save the Feed the Hungry program by donating $5.00 per month on a credit card.

“If all Toronto lawyers band together and support the monthly donation program, funding of this vital program will be sound for the foreseeable future,” he says. “Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Billiards with the Bar.”

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