Saturday, January 07, 2012

Gallop Launches "The Year Of Making A Difference" Program To Benefit St. Louis Charities

The Gallop law firm has launched a unique charitable awareness and fundraising initiative called “The Year of Making a Difference” to benefit local non-profit enterprises that assist people who may be impoverished, sick, disabled, or looking for a second chance in life, including children, adults, senior citizens and military personnel.

Gallop Managing Partner Thomas J. Campbell observes, “So far as we know, Gallop is the only law firm in St. Louis with a progressive program of this kind. Many law firms support a variety of non-profit enterprises. Yet, it is never enough because charitable needs in our community loom large. ‘The Year of Making a Difference’ is one way Gallop is trying to do more in a challenging economy.”

Starting in January 2012 and throughout “The Year of Making a Difference”, Gallop will partner with one non-profit organization each month, except in one month where two charities that often work together will be jointly showcased. Each month, Gallop will launch a charity awareness campaign on and via additional communications. The firm will acknowledge every new follower of Gallop’s LinkedIn profile by donating one dollar to that month’s participating non-profit organization. Every month, Gallop attorneys and staff also will provide volunteer support and hands-on participation in activities managed by the non-profit organizations.

Laura B. Callahan, Gallop Director of Marketing, asserts, “We created , ‘The Year of Making a Difference’ after asking ourselves, How can Gallop truly support deserving non-profit entities by increasing their profiles, performing meaningful volunteer tasks and raising money in a way that complements Gallop’s business mission and makes a positive impact? We found the answer by developing this unique program”.

“’The Year of Making a Difference’ advances Gallop’s historic commitments to supporting non-profit organizations and, also complements our firm’s client-focused approach apparent in our tag line “The Difference is Evident.” We are very excited about this new charitable initiative because it will distinguish participating non-profit organizations by boosting awareness of their service missions and, also, distinguish Gallop as a law firm dedicated to meaningful community involvement,” Callahan says.

For the “Year of Making a Difference,” Gallop will showcase these groups: Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri; Focus St. Louis; Habitat for Humanity St. Louis; KidSmart; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Gateway Chapter; 501Connect, Inc.; Operation Food Search; Operation Home Front; St. Louis Sports Commission Sports for Kids Program; United Cerebral Palsy Heartland; Wings of Hope; Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis and the St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

Debbie Kersting, Executive Director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Gateway Chapter, observes, “This is wonderful! I think Gallop’s creative thinking about charitable promotions will set a new standard in St. Louis.” David Ekin, President of the St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired, asserts, “Gallop has developed a very innovative charitable program that will make a positive impact.” Kathy Rose, Co-Founder & Executive Director, 501 Connect, Inc, adds, “We are extremely excited to be part of Gallop’s ‘Year of Making a Difference’ campaign To be recognized by an organization as highly-respected as Gallop is an honor, and one that will help 501Connect better serve St. Louis.”

On January 11, Gallop will launch “Year of Making a Difference” with a reception at the new Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, a superb facility with a 1,500 seat theater and impressive lobby at Chaminade Preparatory College. All participating charities and members of their Board of Directors will join business, political and community leaders for mutual networking, plus a performance by the Pyrotechniq performing arts troupe.

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., is a full-service law firm that provides legal services to clients in diverse industries and is one of the largest law firms headquartered in St. Louis. With more than 30 practice areas, Gallop also has offices in Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Gallop serves public corporations; privately-held companies; entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises; individuals and families; trustees and trust beneficiaries; charities; and non-profit entities. The firm’s headquarters are at 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 1700, in St. Louis, Missouri.

For information about Gallop, please contact Laura B. Callahan at 314.615.6000 or visit the website Media contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925.

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