By GARY McELROY
The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation on Tuesday delivered nearly $40,000 in donations to Mobile area charity organizations devoted to bettering the lives of children, families, senior citizens and others.
Tuesday's gifts were only the most recent monetary help provided by the state lawyer's group, which, since 1993, has given away more than $7 million to charity groups in all of Alabama's 67 counties. Mobile County's nonprofit organizations have received nearly $500,000 over 15 years.
Tuesday, as a modest and grateful crowd of nonprofit organizational leaders met with members of the foundation's leadership in the atrium at Government Plaza, this year's recipients were announced.
They included: the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science; Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama YMCA; CARE House; Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama; Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy; Penelope House Family Violence Center; Victory Health Partners; and the Mobile Volunteer Lawyers Program. Each group received checks ranging from $3,000 to $5,000, most getting $4,000 each.
In accepting the donations, various groups described the reasons for their existence and the kind of work they do, and why.
Mobile attorney Toby Brown (Cunningham Bounds), the foundation's board president, said of the gifts and the 2,000-plus membership in his organization: "Attorneys seek justice for their clients each day. Our philanthropic efforts (through the foundation) provide us with a wonderful opportunity to expand this responsibility beyond our daily work."