Criminal Law, The Profession

Billiards with the Bar: Chalk one up against hunger

Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation are hosting a fundraising event to provide some financial stability for the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program so that this worthy cause can continue providing hot meals to those most in need, says Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger.

"The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program plays a vital role in our city's support system for the most vulnerable of our community. Our dedicated volunteers serve not only meals but hope and compassion," says Neuberger, partner at Neuberger & Partners LLP and former president of the TLA.

"But this wonderful program is in dire need of financial support. The second instalment of Billards with the Bar is an opportunity for all of us to come together, have fun and raise money so the program can remain a robust tool to fight hunger and care for our fellow Torontonians."

The Billiards with the Bar fundraiser, which includes a silent auction, will be held Nov. 10 from 6:30 - 10-30 p.m. at the Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W., 2nd Floor, Toronto. Attire is casual and tickets cost $90, including food with a cash bar. Purchase tickets and/or contribute online here.

"The TLFH program has filled a critical need in the city since its launch in 1998 with an aim to provide meals once per week," says Neuberger. Over the years, demand has continued to rise as the number of guests increased but financial support has declined, he notes.

"Currently, the program provides more than 3,500 meals each month and about 45,000 meals annually through the Osgoode Hall cafeteria," says Neuberger.

Every week, Toronto lawyers connect with hundreds of people through the program. With the help of 100 volunteers and donations made through the Law Society Foundation (charitable registration no. 11924 1719 RR0001), four hot meals are now provided weekly to those in need.

"The program, which costs more than $350,000 each year 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," says Neuberger.

The Law Society Foundation has said if every Toronto lawyer contributes $5 each month (the cost of a single latte), the program could be sustained at its current level of service without any additional fundraising initiatives. Donations can be made here.

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