Organizations & Causes We Support
"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address 1961
In response to those words and that challenge, Bisnar | Chase has chosen to devote a portion of our attorneys fees and resources to support organizations that feed the hungry, search for cures, provide services for children and work to make our world a safer place. We encourage you to, "…ask what you can do…" and chip in what you can.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
See Photos: BC Events and charities.
BC Legal Scholarship
Started in January 2015, the BC Legal Scholarship program offers $1,000.00 to the student with the most compelling essay about why they chose to pursue a legal career. Whether it's a court clerk, police officer or attorney, we asked students why they were passionate about following a career path in law. The essay program runs for 3 months at a time. The winner is notified by email and the program restarts again. The scholarship is available nationwide and can do a lot to help a struggling student help cover expenses. You can learn more about the BC Legal Scholarship program here.
Backpacks4Life: Supplies for the needy
Bisnar Chase is proud of the backback program we've created to help those in need in our community. The program was created in 2014 to help supply people in our community with personal supplies. The backpacks are each filled with a blanket, socks, water bottle, deodorant and other personal misc. items. Each month we visit Mary's Kitchen located in Orange, California and hand out the backpacks. To date we have created and handed out over 500 backpacks. You can learn more about getting involved by visiting BackPacks4Life.com
Haven Penman was struck and killed by a drunk driver just eight days after her 13th birthday. In Haven's honor, Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys joined in to raise donations and supplies for the Path of Life Ministries Homeless Shelter. See photos here!
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys donated 1,000 turkeys at two locations for Thanksgiving. The distributions took place at St. Norbert's church in Orange and Anaheim Vineyard in Anaheim. 500 turkeys were distributed at each location to those in need. The entire staff of Bisnar Chase came out to help. See photos on our Pinterest Board!
We had a great time at the Rock Church Adopt a Pantry drive. Turn out for the drive was very successful.
Teaming with Second Harvest FoodBank, the drive which took place in Orange, delivered 9000 pounds of food to people of need.
Since 1983 Second Harvest has distributed 257 million pounds of food through their hunger relief programs.
Some of these programs are adopt a pantry, feed the children, food shelters and seniors' programs.
To learn more or see how you can help, please visit their website.
And, we have our Lakers tickets winner! Sara is a HUGE Lakers fan as is her mother, and today she was beaming as she and a volunteer from AbilityFirst picked up her tickets.
Sonia, who works for AbilityFirst saw the drawing on Facebook and entered the contest on behalf of her organization, and Sara won in our random drawing.
It brings us great joy to see Sara enjoy attending a LIVE Lakers game, and by Sonia entering, she certainly made Sara's day! Sara will be going to the game at the Staples Center with her mother.
More tickets to come! The competition to enter the drawing was open to anyone with connection to a special needs child who liked and commented on our Lakers post. Be sure to follow our Facebook page so you can enter our drawings!
Bisnar | Chase has created an academic reward for local students. The prize will be two Lakers tickets awarded to a local student with straight A's on their most recent report card.
The idea behind this donation is to bring to light and reward students who work hard. Bisnar | Chase also provides periodic Lakers ticket awards to special needs children within our community. The drawings are announced on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ social channels. Be sure to follow us to be notified when the drawings take place.
For the seventh straight year, Bisnar | Chase participated in Share Our Selves' Adopt A Family program. This year, our employees adopted an Orange County family of 10. The firm has collected at least 40 gifts for this family including gift cards. Usually, Bisnar | Chase adopts one large family or two medium-sized families and ensures that each family member has a minimum of three gifts to open. This year, the program, which is in its 42nd year, will serve more than 1,100 families with children recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana schools, according to the organization's website.
Our office held a gift wrapping party where we enjoyed pizza and wrapped over 40 presents for our adopted family. We've included the video here and if you'd like to see some of the pictures be sure to head over to our Community Outreach board on Pinterest. Dont forget to follow our pin boards while you're there! Happy Holidays!
Thousands of families in Orange County are struggling with hunger and rely on families like yours for help and hope.
Your gift goes a long way to feed the hungry. Together, we can provide the gift of food and hope to hard working families that might otherwise go without.
Let's make sure that no family sits down to an empty plate this holiday. Our staff at Bisnar | Chase donated towards hundreds of meals for December. Find out how you can help too by visiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Turkey Mania! Bisnar | Chase Donates over 1,000 Turkeys to OC Families
Bisnar | Chase proudly supports the Adopt a Pantry program through Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. In November we passed out over 1,000 turkeys along with miscellaneous vegetables to families in Orange County as well as to deserving families from March Air Reserve Base.
The food donation program was spread over three separate days at three locations and families from all over Orange County came out. The locations of the donations were Connected Blessings in Anaheim, St. Norbert Catholic Church in Orange and March Air Reserve Base in Riverside.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has given more than 270 million pounds of food since 1983 and is the largest private hunger relief organization in the county, partnering with 470 charitable organizations to feed an average of 240,000 people each month. For every dollar that is donated 94.6 cents goes directly to hunger relief programs.
Bisnar| Chase Founder, John Bisnar on-hand to donate turkeys to military personal at March Air Reserve in Riverside, CA.
John served active duty in the U.S. Army in the Pacific and South East Asia from 1968 to 1970 and holds a special place in his heart for our military members.
The turkeys were supplied to the following units below:
- Talia FRG - 5 Families
- WDC - Unemployed Vets 8 Families
- 491st MP Unit 20 Families
- 304th 16 Families
- US - Vets 5 Families
- MSG Kelly 371st 5 Families
- Medical Unit - SD 10 Families
- American Legion 4 Families
- VFW 4 Families
- Homeless Vets - M 3 Families
Read more about Second Harvest Food Bank
The Down Syndrome Association of Orange County Needs Your Support
Bisnar | Chase is proudly supporting the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County by donating to the Buddy Walk, which will be held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The walk will help raise money for the more than 350,000 individuals who have Down syndrome nationwide.
Through the efforts of local business owners, corporations and people like you, over $9.5 million dollars was raised nation-wide last year. We hope that our combined support and awareness for the cause will help the foundation exceed that number this year.
Read more about the Down Syndrome Association Orange County
Attorney J. Michael McClure & Wife April donate Gift Basket to Joyful Foundation on Behalf of Bisnar | Chase
Attorney J. Michael McClure and his wife April have graciously donated a beautiful gift basket to the Joyful Foundation on behalf of Bisnar | Chase. The Joyful Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide cancer patients with blankets. April arranged the basket because she thought that donating it for a silent auction could help the foundation with their fundraising efforts, which will be held later this month. The gift basket contained a number of items, which include sarongs, tops, lotion and sunglasses all in a big beach bag.
The Joyful Foundation distributes their fleece blankets for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. The cancer patients often become very cold which is where these blankets become very useful. The volunteers have noticed that patients become attached to their blankets, which supports their trademark saying "It's more than a blanket." Last year the foundation was able to distribute more than 14,000 blankets.
Hi-Time Wine Cellars 6 Annual Charity Chili Cook-off
Our very own Paralegal Sandra Smith participated in the Western Regional Chili Cook-Off & Salsa Contest. Sandra alongside the Bisnar | Chase team set up a booth offering samples of her homemade "Red Dog Chili" to the public while awaiting the decision of judges. Sandra intends to compete in another chili competition on Sunday August 26 from 12:00 to 5:00p.m. at Hi-Time Wine Cellars 6 Annual Charity Chili Cook-off, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa 92627.
The Charity Chili Cook-Off benefits the Boys & Girls Club which raised $22,000 at last year's event. If you happen to be in the area drop by the Bisnar | Chase team booth and try out Sandy's Red Dog Chili.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
In conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys handed out food for the 7th time to Orange County families at their Adopt-A-Pantry food bank on July 7, 2012. The donation started at 1:00 p.m. at the Spanish Pentecostal Church located at 211 N. Waverly, Orange, California.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County has dispersed more than 270 million pounds of food since 1983 and is the largest private hunger relief organization in the county, partnering with 470 charitable organizations to feed an average of 240,000 people each month. For every dollar that is donated 94.6 cents goes directly to hunger relief programs.
Read more about Second Harvest Food Bank
BISNAR | CHASE Personal Injury Attorneys Support TIMOTCA
Bisnar | Chase has proudly donated to the TIMOTCA. For those who are unfamiliar with TIMOTCA, the non-profit has used their educational and enlightenment programs to promote cultural understanding, peace and nonviolence though art. 100's of schools have benefited from the program's Art Beyond Borders traveling exhibit. The exhibit is a educational piece that gives students and adults a better understanding of how art can be used to promote cultural awareness, understanding and non-violence.
This year, the group is determined to build a peace monument and this new program is the beginning to raise the funds. The new program "Citizen of the World" is designed to raise funds which will support the Art beyond Borders traveling exhibit as well as raise money for promotional items as well as their new Citizen of the World Peace Monument.
Read more about TIMOTCA
Attorneys Send Their Support to AbilityFirst
In 1926 an organization was founded, today known as AbilityFirst, 86 years later this organization still remains. AbilityFirst used to solely focus on polio but with the times has changed their focus to developmental and physical disabilities. Developmental disabilities include autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and epilepsy. AbilityFirst is in place to expand possibilities and to open the world making it more accessible for the people provided services to. The population served is usually voiceless and held back, AbilityFirst makes it their goal to facilitate that accessibility as well as to maintain a strong advocacy support system.
At AbilityFirst it is their vision to have a society that values each individual and provides the opportunity for all people to lead full and productive lives. In order for AbilityFirst vision to become a reality programs and services are offered to children and adults ages 5-22. AbilityFirst currently has 24 locations in Southern California including: 10 accessible housing complexes, 2 group homes, 3 work centers, 1 camp, 7 community centers, and an AbilityFirst Employment Services Office. At the community centers a broad range of programs and activities are available. These programs and activities range from children's programs (which help boys and girls with disabilities to learn, develop key life skills, build confidence, and have fun), adult programs (which suit individuals personal interests and cultivate their social, physical, cognitive, and creative abilities), employment (to learn job skills and find employment), aquatics (swimming lessons and aquatic exercise classes), and Camp Paivika (offered year round encouraging independence and broadening social contacts through recreation).
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Helps MADD Raise $1,500 at Roller Derby
Danielle Olson from Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys was able to help MADD with their sponsor's Bisnar | Chase & Consor pack the house at The Rinks in Huntington Beach. Fans rushed through the doors for the event, which featured two lively teams of roller derby girls, live music by the band Almost Dawn, delicious food and a raffle.
The two hour event was able to raise $1,500 and 100% of the proceeds went to Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help end the pandemic of drunk driving.
Read more about MADD Roller Derby
Fighting for HIV/AIDS Victims in the 545-mile AIDS/Lifecycle Ride
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is proudly sponsoring Loree Glenn for her fifth year in the AIDs/Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to LA. John Bisnar has matched Loree's funds, dollar for dollar in her effort to raise funds to end the HIV/AID pandemic.
The grueling 545-mile bike ride will be a full seven days from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Bisnar | Chase plans to follow Loree through her ride bringing you daily updates on her journey.
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Makes Contribution to Vietnam Veterans of America
John Bisnar has always felt a need to help his fellow Vietnam Veterans. The war in Vietnam was a difficult battle physically, emotionally and mentally for the many veterans who fought so bravely for our county. Vietnam veterans continue to face a number of challenges in their life and deserve our help.
Recently, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has given a generous donation to the Vietnam Veterans of America or VVA.
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Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Walked Like MADD
Saturday May 12, 2012 Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys in support of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) joined the Walk like MADD 2012 event held in Huntington Beach, CA. The Bisnar | Chase had a team of 60 participants consisting of employees, clients, family, and friends. Through fundraising efforts Bisnar | Chase was able to raise $3,455.00 contributing to the Orange County Walk like MADD Fundraiser that raised a staggering $155,289.87 combined. The Howard's who were one of the families that participated with the Bisnar | Chase team commented how they were extremely moved with compassion by the stories and pictures of those who had fallen victim to drunk drivers. Both the Bisnar | Chase team and the Howard's were deeply affected by such precious lives and the living lessons the event shared.
MADD's mission is "To aid the victims of crimes performed by individuals driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to aid the families of such victims and to increase public awareness of the problem of drinking and drugged driving." Walk like MADD was put into effect to help raise money and awareness for MADD's programs and services the organization offers to help keep communities safe.
Read more about Walk Like MADD
Supporting Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
Our firm sponsored Kayle Bernal an employee at the law firm to participate in the Gladiator Rock 'N Run of Irvine in support of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).
The course consisted of 17 obstacles throughout 7 kilometers. The course challenged all participants to conquer extreme obstacles and harsh terrain, then to celebrate their conquests with food and bands. The Gladiator Rock 'N Run is in support of TACA and raises money through fundraising.
Read more about Talk About Curing Autism
Feeding Orange County's Less Fortunate - Personal Injury Attorney's With Heart
A partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank and Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys handed out food to 107 Orange County families at their Adopt-A-Pantry food bank for the less fortunate on April 21. The 107 families consisted of 484 individuals who benefited from this charitable event.
As Bisnar | Chase attorney Gavin Long stated, referring to his participation in handing out the food, "Many hands make light work" referring to the 13,749 pounds of food that the Bisnar | Chase team unloaded, packaged, and handed out at the event.
Read more about the Second Harvest Food Bank event.
Chili Cook-off for the Boys & Girls Club
Our staff here at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys has always taken pleasure in helping others, and the mere mention of a chili cook-off this past summer was music to our ears. Our chili chef extraordinaire Sandy Smith whipped up a gargantuan batch of her famous chili at the 5th Annual High-Times Wine Cellars Charity Chili Cook-off to Benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area.
Many of our other staff members participated and helped out at the pirate-themed booth during the day. We were thrilled to be competing and helping raise money for the charity. The bar was set high last year with the event raising an outstanding $22,536.99. This year the goal was to surpass last year's raised funds by encouraging more people to attend.
About The Boys & Girls Club
For over 60 years, the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area has provided quality youth development services to Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, and the surrounding areas. Each day, their facilities open to the youth of their communities, prepared to guide and inspire each and every individual who walks through their doors. Their Mission is "To empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Finding causes that are near and dear to the hearts of our staff is a constant goal we try to achieve. By taking on these endeavors we're not only helping the community that has been so good to us over the years, but we're fulfilling a need within ourselves to become better individuals and as a staff.
If you'd like to join us in one of the many charity events we're a part of, please give us a call at 949-203-3814 to lend a hand. With the country in dire need of helpful souls, your goodwill will most certainly go rewarded.
Bisnar | Chase Donates to the Red Sox Foundation for the "Run-Walk to Home Base"
Bisnar | Chase is a proud sponsor of the Red Sox Foundation's 2012 "Run-Walk" to Home Base event in support of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
This year, the event will be held on May 20 and winds its way through Boston to Fenway Park. Volunteers and contributors have the option of participating in the full run or a three-mile fundraising walk; either way, you can enjoy the beautiful day and cross home plate at Fenway Park!
Read more about Red Sox Foundation
Bisnar | Chase Makes A Donation to Walk Like MADD on Behalf of Lawrence Buckfire to help MADD raise money to stop Drunk Driving
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers recently sponsored a "Walk Like MADD" event on behalf of Lawrence Buckfire, raising money to promote awareness of the effects of drunk driving. Bisnar | Chase is a proud sponsor of the Walk Like MADD event.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is the largest organization in the country dedicated to fighting drunk driving through education and victim support. MADD's goal is to eliminate drunk driving and the pain it causes families and friends every day.
Read more about Walk Like MADD Michigan Donation
Turkey Giveaway for OC Residents
Once again our staff here at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys donated their time to a noble cause. Several members of our staff handed out 750 Thanksgiving turkeys recently to people in need through their affiliation with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. We've worked with Second Harvest several times this year - doing food banks and holiday food giveaways - and in the future we'll be partnering up every other month to feed the hungry in Orange County.
It's easy to forget that there are an estimated 615,000 individuals who struggle with hunger in Orange County and of these people, 77% of them do not qualify for government food assistance programs and rely on food banks for meals.
About Second Harvest Food Bank
Nearly 95 cents of every dollar donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank goes directly to purchasing and donating groceries to the needy. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are given away every year and millions of families have received aide from this wonderful and decorated charity.
"Our firm sponsored a mobile food bank earlier this year in conjunction with Second Harvest," said John Bisnar, founder of Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys who also assisted in distributing food to local individuals and families. "We saw the families in Orange County who don't have enough food. It was overwhelming. We simply wanted to help. We don't want people to go hungry."
This holiday season, and ones in the future for that matter, we will continue to donate our time and effort to help those in need. We've been blessed to be here in the community since 1978 and we've made a pledge to give back as much as possible. We are thankful for what we have, we do not take it for granted, and our leaders here have made it their mission to feed the hungry.
If you'd like to help us out during a future event, please call us at 949-203-3814. With so many in need, we can always use an extra set of hands.
Bisnar | Chase Makes Donation to Share our Selves 19th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night Benefiting the Orange Aid Project
Share Our Selves 19th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night for Orange Aid was held on February 23, 2012, and raised over $60,000 to help feed Orange County residents. Bisnar | Chase is proud to have been a part of this fantastic event.
The Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night Benefitting the Orange Aid Project has been held every year for the past 19 years, and offers OC residents the chance to enjoy food, music, and fun while donating money to a worthwhile cause. A star-studded array of 26 great chefs served food to over 700 guests, and also donated a door prize of over 26 gift cards to "Dine Around OC" at participating restaurants. Guests had a great time mingling between the bar and the spicy tacos served by these master chefs.
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Bisnar | Chase Donates to National MS Society
In keeping with our belief in supporting worthy causes, Bisnar | Chase recently donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The National MS Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of MS and their families and in finding a cure for this disease.
Founded in 1947 as the Society for the Advancement of Multiple Sclerosis Research, the organization has worked for more than sixty years to fund research into finding a cure for MS. The National MS Society has awarded grants in over 17 countries to such notable researchers as Jonas Salk and Rita Levi-Montalcini, both Nobel prize winners.
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San Bernardino Lawyers Assist Latino Education
According to the 2010 US Census, 37.6% of California's population is Hispanics or Latinos. A significant number of these citizens are living below the poverty line and are still struggling to provide financial means and environments that provide opportunities for success in United States education systems. Many Latino families still fall short as they try to provide their children with the opportunities to pursue a college degree, but a renewed effort by school systems to create assistance programs has renewed hope amongst some Latinos who felt that higher education was out of their reach.
The financial burdens and racial setbacks that befall many Hispanic households have not gone unnoticed by California State University San Bernardino (CSUS). CSUS has created programs specifically designed to help Latinos succeed in education and life in general and have continue to put forth resources and effort throughout their community.
Read more about CSUS Summit Program for Hispanics
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Spreads Holliday Cheer
Orange County personal injury attorneys don't have the best reputations; a handful of frivolous lawsuits have shed an unfavorable light on a profession that we take great pride in. Head partners, John Bisnar and Brian Chase, care deeply about their clients and have instilled that same passion into everyone on our team. Every year our entire staff participates in several community outreach programs in an attempt to help give back to the community that has built us from the ground up. This year we intend to continue one of our favorite Christmas traditions and take advantage of new and exciting opportunities to expand our program.
Adopt A Family
The Adopt A Family program is designed to help support those who simply do not have the means during these harsh economic times. Not every parent has the ability to give their children presents, but everyone deserves a gift on Christmas. As one of the top personal injury law firms in the nation, we have an obligation to share the tremendous amount of success that we've had, and we feel that the Share Our Selves (SOS) Adopt A Family Program is exactly what we were looking for.
Once needy families are identified and recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana schools, volunteers sign up and agree to provide at least two new gifts for every child and food or grocery gift cards so families can have a complete dinner. Providing at least two new gifts for each child in a family and making sure they get a hearty Christmas dinner is what makes Adopt A Family a real blessing.
Helping Others Beyond the Courtroom
When Nicole Michau, our Supervising Litigation Paralegal, learned of our client's financial hardships, she rallied other Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys staff members to solicit food and monetary donations, to help our client feed her family.
At Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, we've made it our mission to fight tirelessly for our clients, to get the money they deserve after a serious injury or wrongful death. The legal process, however, takes time, and until a settlement is reached or a judgment is awarded, many of our clients struggle with the financial hardships that accompany a debilitating injury or the loss of a loved one.
Such is the case with one of our clients who was severely injured in the summer of 2009. In the midst of the logistics involved with her case (which is pending trial), and the medical treatments she needs to rehabilitate her injuries, she and her husband found themselves unemployed and struggling to maintain a household while supporting their 17-year-old daughter who lives at home.
"It's hard for me to imagine suffering from the pain and rehabilitation of a serious injury, while worrying about how you're going to support your family in the process," said Nicole. "It broke my heart to know she'd already been through so much, and yet, she's worrying about how to make ends meet. I had to do something."
And do something she did.
So far, between the money raised and the matching donations made by our executive team, we've been able to give this family of three enough money for 2-3 months of groceries. It's this giving spirit that motivates us, that drives us, to be better and do better -- not only for our clients but for members of the community too.
We're extremely blessed to have Nicole on our team and we're proud of her efforts -- in the office and beyond.
Adopt A Family Keeps the Holiday Spirit Alive
The Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys once again made adopting needy families an important annual tradition with the the Share Our Selves (SOS) Adopt A Family Program. Since its inception, Adopt A Family Program has been connecting caring community members who provide gifts and food to struggling Orange County families during the holidays. This year marks the 41st year of the SOS Adopt A Family program, serving more than 1,180 families with children this season.
Without the Adopt A Family program providing tangible gifts for those in need, impoverished local families would face a bleak Christmas. The program is especially important this year for Orange County families who are struggling in the midst of a tough economy.
Once needy families are identified and recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana schools, volunteers sign up and agree to provide at least two new gifts for every child and food or grocery gift cards for a complete dinner for a family, or provide at least two new gifts for each child in a family.
Elizabeth Evans of SOS says, "These gifts will be distributed to SOS clients from now until Christmas. The Adopt A Family Program is a true volunteer effort and SOS is extremely grateful to all those who volunteer their time and resources to make the holiday season brighter for those in our community who are struggling."
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys was very pleased to participate again this year, by providing Christmas gifts and food to two different families of four.
Supoorting El Viento a Local Charity Who Helps Needy Children
Our firm sent a donation to El Viento a local charity in Huntington Beach, CA that concentrates its efforts on local, needy children in the Oak View Community of Huntington Beach. Through El Viento children are taught leadership skills, able to participate in after school tutoring, as well as participate in summer programs including activities at the Tiger Woods Learning Center and sailing classes at the Newport Sea Base. Resources are made available to students throughout their classes stemming from 5th grade to high school. El Viento proudly offers college scholarships, and was thrilled when their very own Diana Hernandez was the first member of El Viento to receive a bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton. El Viento was put in place to provide opportunities to both children and young adults.
El Viento comments that the whole reason this charity is in place is to change perspectives, expectations, and the well-being of Oak View in Huntington Beach, CA through helping change the community for the better. "El Viento through its basic mission of self-help, individual responsibility, and helping hand may become the model for community transformation".
To read more about El Viento or donate please visit: http://www.elviento.org
Getting Casual for a Good Cause
Danielle Olson, Executive Assistant at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, collected $5 donations from Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys employees, in honor of the Lee National Denim Day, one of the largest single-day nationwide fundraisers for breast cancer. The donations will go to support Lee Jeans' research efforts to detect and treat breast cancer, and to provide support and education programs for breast cancer victims across the U.S.
The official Lee National Denim Day, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys employees wore jeans to work, to show their support of breast cancer detection, treatment, education and awareness.
Lee National Denim Day began in 1996 after an everyday conversation among several Lee Jeans' employees revealed they had all been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. In its first year, Lee Jeans set a goal of raising $1 million by inviting employees at businesses across the nation to wear jeans to work on Denim Day in exchange for a $5 contribution in the fight against breast cancer. In all, more than $1.4 million was raised that year, sparking what would become one of the largest single-day breast cancer fundraisers in the country.
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Volunteer Helps Man in Need
One of Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys numerous super star employees, Javier Ruiz, has gone above and beyond his job duties as one of the paralegals at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys. Recently, Javier discovered that one of our clients had only one set of clothes, no car and no place to live. He immediately started a fundraiser for the man with people in the office, who donated clothes, shoes and toiletry items.
The office did not stop there though.
The personnel at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys arranged for the man to have temporary housing, encouraged him to study for the GED and scheduled job interviews.
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys doesn't just talk about giving, they do it.
$25,000 in Scholarships for Viral Video Contest Winners
The American Lawyer Academy (ALA) sponsored its first annual Viral Video Scholarship Contest. The scholarship program is dedicated to the thousands of people who are injured or killed in motor vehicle collisions each year in the United States. The program has been created as a community service project to help educate the public on safe driving practices. It will award scholarships to the film students or video production enthusiasts who create the best viral videos promoting safe driving. High school and college students nationwide are encouraged to submit their video creations.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008 there were 37,261 people killed in motor vehicle crashes. The American Automobile Association (AAA) says that 25 to 50 percent of all accidents are caused by a distracted driver such as someone who is talking on a cell phone, texting while driving, eating, looking at scenery, reading books or maps, adjusting the car's music system, or talking to passengers. Similarly, it has been estimated that alcohol-related crashes may represent 50 percent or more of all fatal collisions. Other common causes of accidents are driver fatigue, speeding, failing to follow the rules of the road and aggressive driving.
The American Lawyer Academy Viral Video Scholarship Contest offers $25,000 in scholarships toward college tuition at a recognized academic institution. Students that want to use their talents and creativity to help spread a positive safe driving message that captures the imagination of the YouTube generation can visit www.ViralVideoScholarshipContest.com to get video submission guidelines, links to information about the regional contest rules, and more. Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is sponsoring the Western Regional Contest at www.bestattorney.com/viral-video-scholarship-contest-western-region.html.
Surf Fest and Chili Cook-Off
Our very own Sandra Smith, a Litigation Paralegal, is an American Legion member and stanch supporter. As a part of her active support for the American Legion's mission, she again entered the American Legion's summer fundraising event, the Rendezvous Surf Fest and chili cook-off and Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys sponsored her.
The Rendezvous Surf Fest was held Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 291, in Newport Beach, California.
The event, co-hosted by the American Legion and KOCI radio, is designed to raise funds to support U.S. troops, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the troops and their family members who need the help most.
The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 291 is a non-profit organization with a long history of raising money and distributing funds to military charities. The non-profit supports the Child Welfare Foundation that helps children of veterans find homes, jobs, food and clothing, and also contributes to the Veterans Administration Group located in Long Beach, California. It also distributes funds to groups within the Marine Corps Base of Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, with approximately 50 marines from the base's recon unit attending this year's Surf Fest event.
In addition to the Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys sponsorship, our team, Sandra and her co-employee assistants, competed in the event's chili cook-off, coming off their third place finish last year. We also raffled off an exciting grand prize to one lucky winner in attendance.
Popular surf bands The Jan & Dean Show, The Surftones, The Fabulous Nomads, The Surfaris and The Chanteys entertained, with additional bands performing on the outside stage. What's more, guests enjoyed a classic surf car show, raffles and prizes, and the tastes of Newport's favorite restaurants hosting chili and BBQ booths.
Mission Viejo Mom Finished 545-Mile AIDS Bicycle Fundraiser
Loree Glenn, a Mission Viejo wife and mother of two, participated in the 545-Mile AIDS/Lifecycle event to help end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS. This is the third year she has successfully completed the trek and the third year we've sponsored her efforts.
This year's trek began in San Francisco on June 6 and ended in Los Angeles on June 12, with thousands of riders joining the cause as they pushed their way over hundreds of miles of terrain, including California's scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1.
The trek raises funds to support the HIV/AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, as well as to increase awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among the ride's participants, donors and the general public.
With the support of her husband, Kevin, and two teenage sons, Loree made this trek for the third time, an experience she views as an extremely personal, mental and physical challenge to raise money for a great cause.
Not only are we in awe of Loree's dedication to this cause, we're extremely proud to have been her corporate sponsor. In all, Loree raised $3,825 this year, far above her overall fundraising goal of $3,000.
Barbecue Raises Money for Critically Ill Kids
On Saturday, June 12, the Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys staff was on-hand to celebrate Orange County's premier barbecue charity event, designed to help critically ill children and their families. "Que'n for Kids" was a huge success and we'd like to thank Kristie's Foundation for organizing it every year. Kristie's Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance, support and cherished moments to critically ill children and their families.
If you didn't have a chance to attend, you won't want to miss this year's event! There were plenty of activities, including a car show, a rib eating contest and the "Mr. BBQ Pageant." Be sure to check out the profiles of the Mr. BBQ contestants. They made us laugh and we think they'll make you laugh too.
To learn more about Kristie's Foundation and its annual Orange County barbecue fundraiser, visit the Orange County's BBQ Festival website. We were proud to be on-hand to help such an important charity and we look forward to this year's event!
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Walks Like MADD
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys was a corporate patron and water sponsor of Walk Like MADD on Saturday, May 8 in Huntington Beach, California. The event is designed to help Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) support programs for both victims of drunk driving as well as programs to help prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in Orange County.
As part of its sponsorship, members of the Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys staff were actively involved in raising money for the event. Additionally, the firm's team members were on-hand to participate in the 5K walk, to supply water to participants and to educate people about their legal rights as drunk driving crash victims.
"We're proud to be a sponsor of such an important event and a supporter of MADD, an organization that works tirelessly to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking," said John Bisnar, founder of Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys. "The statistics involving drunk driving crashes are staggering. That's why we felt it was so important to get involved with the Walk Like MADD event, to give something back to our community and to educate victims of drunk driving crashes, to help them seek justice against offenders and to recover monetary damages for injuries and wrongful death."
In addition to its participation at the event, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys had fun activities at its booth, including a dunk tank and face painting for children. What's more, the firm shared its event space with WeTip, a leading anonymous crime reporting service and law enforcement advocacy non-profit organization, which has recently partnered with Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys to launch the Hit-and-Run Reward Program (HitandRunReward.com), an anonymous reporting system and cash rewards program for witnesses who care enough to report hit-and-run offenders.
Hit-and-Run Reward Program
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys launched the Hit-and-Run Reward Program in conjunction with WeTip, a leading anonymous crime reporting service and law enforcement advocacy non-profit organization. The program's goal is to wipe out California hit-and-run offenses by offering an anonymous reporting system and cash rewards to witnesses who care enough to report these crimes.
With this new program, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys will fund hit-and-run rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and felony conviction of hit-and-run drivers who have caused serious personal injury by way of anonymous tips provided through the Hit-and-Run Reward website, HitandRunReward.com, or through the Hit-and-Run Reward hotline at 800-6-Hit-N-Run (800-644-8678).
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys Sponsors Summer Internship Program -- SELF Program
Administered by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (OC-ALA), in collaboration with the Orange County Bar Foundation, this program provides low-income teens paid summer internships at law firms and law-related agencies. Like many of our fellow law firms involved in the program, we'll employ one or more high school students for 30 hours each week for eight weeks, from June 22nd through August 14th, paying each a total of $2,000 during the entire internship.
It's an extremely valuable and unique program and we hope this experience with our law firm will help our interns learn what life is like at a small, but upscale personal injury law firm. We also hope that our interns will learn what it means to be a team player with a winning attitude and be inspired to succeed in life, helping others in the process. Shown at left in the photo is our 2010 Intern, Anna Colin, at her celebration dinner.
Rendezvous Surf Fest and Chili Cook-Off
The Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys was a Platinum-level Sponsor for this year's Rendezvous Surf Fest -- a surf bands, surf cars and chili cook-off event benefiting our U.S. troops. The hugely popular Surf Fest was presented by the Sons of the American Legion Post 291.
"Surf Fest is the Legion's largest annual fundraiser with a long-standing reputation for getting the funds directly to our U.S. troops and their families," said Orange County personal injury attorney John Bisnar. "We wanted to support this effort in a big way."
At the end of the Chili Cook-Off, our own Sandy Smith, a litigation paralegal with Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, walked away with the third place trophy!
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Fundraiser
We sponsored Yulee Schafer in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago, IL. Our staff members donated toward her $1,800 goal giving her entry into the two-day, 39-mile event. The money raised helps pay for medical treatment for underinsured men and women and supports breast cancer research.
In her second straight year participating in the Avon walk, Yulee walked as a member of the team the "Yes Mamms." She participated because of the history of cancer in her family. "I have several family members and friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer," said Yulee. "I also have two young daughters and I don't want them to ever face it. I just want breast cancer to be a chapter in our medical history like the plague."
Yulee is an employee at the sister law firm of Mike Schafer Law in Louisville, Kentucky. We're very proud to know her. She inspires us all to do something about the problems we face in life.
Mother of Two Teens Finishes Second 7-Day AIDS/LifeCycle Trek
With the support of her husband and two teen sons, full-time Mission Viejo mom, Loree Glenn decided to repeat last year's grueling 7-day AIDS/LifeCycle bike trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The ride began May 31st and concluded June 6th. The California personal injury attorneys of Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys contributed to last year's event and were Loree's corporate sponsor for this year's ride.
Loree was motivated and deeply dedicated to ride this race again. It was an extremely personal, mental and physical challenge -- to leave her comfortable family life behind for a week and push the limits of her endurance. "We all viewed her participation in the first ride as a life-changing event for Loree," said husband Kevin who took over the busy chores of running the household during his wife's 7-day ride.