2020 was to be a big year for Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys’ outreach programs, a year full of new events, like their basketball tournament, and the return of beloved programs like the Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway. In the past five years the outreach program has been an integral part of Lerner & Rowe’s mission to give back to its community. Since 2015, it has grown exponentially, taking into account the unique needs of people who live in the Region and meeting them in equally unique ways.
“Glenn [Lerner] and Kevin [Rowe] realize that they are so fortunate for the success of their business and being able to continue growing that,” said Arianna Baiz, Outreach Director at Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys. “They want to bless the community and give back to it the same way.”
“That’s how they came up with the Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Program,” Baiz said. “They understand that we can’t do all of this by ourselves and that for a community with so many different needs, this is a great opportunity for other businesses to come together and engage with the community, as well.”
In partnership with organizations and charities such as the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, United Way, March of Dimes in Chicago, etc., the law firm has been able to meet the needs of the community in many different ways.
But when COVID-19 forced the country to close down businesses, schools, and organizations back in March, Lerner & Rowe put a hold on their big plans. Now, as Indiana continues to move forward with the next stage of its reopening plan, the Merrillville, Indiana office is moving full steam ahead with its outreach programs, an exciting and important way for them to give back to the community after months of isolation and uncertainty.
“A lot of what we do is out in the community with our partners and different organizations,” Baiz said. “But with COVID-19, we decided to put a hold on pretty much everything that we had planned this year.”
“At the beginning of June, however, we decided to go forward with two of our planned events, and we can’t wait to welcome back the community,” Baiz said with excitement.
The first of these events is the Northwest Indiana 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament and Fundraiser, which Lerner & Rowe will host at the beginning of August. After months of uncertainty about returning to a bit of normalcy, the tournament is designed to bring everyone together for a fun and exciting night out, as well as raise funds that will go right back into Lerner & Rowe’s support for community charities and initiatives.
The tournament will consist of two divisions of teams—all men and co-ed. A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winner of each division. Whether it’s a local business or organization wanting to enjoy a fun team-building exercise, a group of friends or a family who want a night out, everyone 18-years or older is encouraged to sign up for the event. From local businesses and food trucks, to activities for kids, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
“We really want this to be a family-friendly event,” Baiz said. “Our goal is to spark some excitement in the community after several months of everyone being isolated and at home, all in a fun and exciting way that’s for a good cause.”
Team fees are $200, while vendor fees are $100. Fees for businesses that sign up as both a team and a vendor are only $250.
Lerner & Rowe’s annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway is returning as well, continuing a tradition that allows them to engage directly with the community. Last year’s event saw 500 free backpacks and supplies given to local Merrillville students who struggle to afford the everyday school supplies. This year, the back-to-school event is even more important for the community, as COVID-19 pushed many people out of work and many students to go without the essentials for their education.
“We try to make this event bigger and better every year,” Baiz said. “This year, it’s definitely going to look a little bit different, but we are excited to be hosting the giveaway at two different locations.”
The first location will be at Hidden Lake in Merrillville, while the second will be at Daly School in Chicago, where Lerner & Rowe’s sister office is located. In order to keep patrons and staff safe, all while still meeting that community need, Lerner & Rowe will do a drive-thru style giveaway where families drive up in their cars, pop their trunks, and volunteers will put the backpacks filled with school supplies in the cars.
“The event may not be as festive as it has been in previous years, but we want to keep everyone’s health and safety in mind as we give back to the community in a meaningful way,” Baiz said.
With safety on their minds, the team at Lerner & Rowe look forward to continuing to do what has been part of their mission since day one. To learn more about the Lerner & Rowe Gives Back Program and its upcoming events, please visit their website here: https://lernerandrowegivesback.com/