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Billiards with the Bar fundraiser an event not to miss

Toronto’s legal community and friends are being invited to play billiards, have some food and socialize for a good cause — providing the city’s hungry with hot, nutritious meals.

The annual Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger — held at the famed downtown nightspot, The Rivoli — is hosted by Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, the Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation.

“It’s a nice, fun event,” says Toronto Lawyers Association executive director Joan Rataic-Lang. “It’s just about being out there to support a good cause with your friends and colleagues.”

All proceeds go to the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program, which enlists dozens of volunteers to provide hot meals to the disadvantaged and is funded by the Law Society Foundation.

Last year’s Billiards with the Bar event attracted more than 100 people and raised $12,700 for the program.

This year’s event runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Tickets are $90, which includes food and billiards. There’s a cash bar and silent auction. Dress is casual.

The Rivoli is located on the second floor of 334 Queen St. W., just east of Spadina Ave. and is a short walk or TTC ride away from scores of courts and law offices.

Tickets are available online through the Law Society Foundation.

Even if people can’t go to the event, they can still make a donation online. All contributors of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged at the event and on the Law Society Foundation's website.

Because Billiards with the Bar’s sponsors wholly cover the cost of the venue and the food, 100 per cent of the money raised goes directly to the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

The program, launched in 1998, serves healthy meals to the needy four times a week, all year round, through the Osgoode Hall cafeteria at 130 Queen St. W. That’s a total of 45,000 meals annually at a cost of almost $350,000.

“It’s a charity that our association feels strongly about,” Rataic-Lang says.

The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program relies on 80 volunteers who arrive early to prepare the Osgoode Hall cafeteria and stay late to clean up after the meal. The volunteer group includes law students, lawyers, high school students, City of Toronto employees and a cross-section of Toronto's legal community.

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