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Do a solid for charity, cue up team for Billiards with the Bar

By Tony Poland, AdvocateDaily.com Associate Editor

Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA) executive director Joan Rataic-Lang is hoping those in the legal profession will take the cue and sign up for Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One Up Against Hunger 2019 in support of Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry.

The annual fundraiser will be held at the Rivoli on the second floor of 334 Queen St. W., just east of Spadina Ave., at 6 p.m. Nov 14.

Hosted by Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP and the TLA, the event has proven to be popular with the legal profession, says Rataic-Lang.

“It’s a really nice relaxed evening. Everyone’s kind of chill, and there’s plenty of conversation and laughter,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. “If people don’t play billiards, there’s a large area where they can stand around and talk.

“The atmosphere is really fun, and I think people feel really good about helping such a great cause.”

Rataic-Lang says thanks to volunteers and the sponsors “every penny of each ticket sold is going to the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program,” which provides hot meals to the disadvantaged.

So far, ticket sales have exceeded $12,000.

“This should be our best year yet,” she says.

According to the Law Society Foundation, the initiative has provided more than 60,000 meals a year, relying on the “commitment of about 115 volunteers, made up of law students, lawyers, high school students, paralegals, City of Toronto employees and a cross-section of Toronto’s legal and general community.”

Rataic-Lang says past attendees have enjoyed the casual atmosphere of Billiards with the Bar.

“It’s a great way to get together. December gets busy with the holiday season social commitments,” she says. “Everyone’s got some sort of a party or other event in December, so this is kind of a low-key event.

“Sometimes, we get caught up in our daily lives, and I think it’s important to remember that this is a really good charity.”

Tickets are $60, which includes food and billiards, a cash bar and door prizes, including Toronto Maple Leafs tickets. Table sponsorships include two tickets, acknowledgment and signage at the event, as well as recognition on the website following the night. For more details and to sign up, click here.

“I would like to encourage people to take a few hours out of their busy schedule and come out and have some fun,” says Rataic-Lang.

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