SARASOTA, FL, March 03, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc. (www.legalaidofmanasota.org) is one of 300 charitable organizations throughout Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties that will benefit from donations by area residents who support their favorite charity by donating online at http://www.GivingPartnerChallenge.org, from March 5 at 7 AM thru March 6 at 7 PM. The goal of the 36-Hour Giving Challenge is to raise $3 million to benefit local nonprofits.
More than $648,000 will be available to match online donations and award incentive grants during the fast-paced 36-Hour Giving Challenge. Presenting partners Community Foundation of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation make the 36-Hour Giving Challenge possible, with sponsorship from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and William G. and Marie Selby Foundation.
Money donated to Legal Aid of Manasota will directly benefit low-income individuals and families by providing free legal services. In conjunction with the Giving Challenge, Legal Aid will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Caragiulos Restaurant in downtown Sarasota. All proceeds go to Legal Aid's Giving Challenge Fund. The public is invited.
"Legal Aid of Manasota ensures equal access to justice and removes the barriers to economic opportunity. We help thousands of low income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties who are dealing with difficult legal issues," said Stacy-Dillard-Spahn, Legal Aid of Manasota Board President and attorney at Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, P.A. "The 36 Hour Giving Challenge offers donors the opportunity to provide funds that will help our clients lead more productive lives".
About Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.
Legal Aid of Manasota is a public charity founded in 1991 by a staff of two dedicated individuals who sought to provide equal access to justice to those who cannot afford an attorney. Since its start, Legal Aid of Manasota has provided free legal services to low-income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee counties. In 2012 alone, Legal Aid donated over 5,700 hours of free legal services valued at $1,141,4000.00. Legal Aid of Manasota supports local non-profit organizations through the Community Counsel Project, where Pro Bono (free) legal assistance is provided to eligible agencies. For more information, visit http://www.LegalAidOfManasota.org.---
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