Hope you didn’t miss it….

The music was hot; the food was incredible; the beverages flowed; and fun was had by all! If you were not in attendance Friday night at the 4th Annual Jazz For Justice, you missed out on a great night. Jazz for Justice is the premier event hosted by the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar to build awareness of the work of the Foundation, build collegiality in the profession, and whose kidding who — to raise money, and that we did!! After expenses were paid, the Foundation raised almost $31,000 that will be paid out this year in grants to worthwhile projects within the Telesca Center and out in the community.

Special thanks go out to Bruce Lawrence (Boylan Code), Foundation President-Elect and JFJ Co-Chair in charge of Sponsorships, who shared the heavy lifting Chairship with one of our young attorney All-Stars, Jennifer Meldrum (Woods Oviatt Gilman), Co-Chair in charge of the Auctions and Food. Joining Jenn with the Auction and Food was Laura Myers (Wolford Law Firm), Christin Cornetta (Federal Court), Penny Dentinger (Xerox), Wende Knapp (Harter Secrest & Emery), Amanda Carden Agins (Harris Beach), Jimmy Paulino (Goldberg Segalla), Curtis Johnson (Davidson Fink), Helen Root (Nixon Peabody) and Melle Xu (Hiscock & Barclay). Jenn and her team put in incredible volunteer hours soliciting gifts, food and wine. What a team of young attorney volunteers! JFJ is one of the BIGGEST events of the bar season, and because it is so big, the Foundation hires some woman hours from Sanchez & Associates, Margaret Sanchez and her colleague, Lucy Allchin, to handle the 1,001 details of the event. They make our jobs easier!

JFJ Bruce

Special thanks also go out to the many sponsors that ensured the success of this event. First to our two improvisation sponsors:  The University of Rochester and the Hamilton Stern Construction. In addition, our Ragtime sponsors were:  Harris Beach PLLC, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesitti PC, and Nixon Peabody LLP. Our Bepop sponsors were: Canandaigua National Bank & Trust; Faracci Lange, LLP; Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Hiscock & Barclay LLP; Kammholz Messina, LLP; Modica & Associates, Attorneys, PLLC; Phillips Lytle, LLP; Post Resch Tallon Group Inc.; Rochester Area Community Foundation; Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP; The Wolford Law Firm LLP and Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP. Without all of our generous sponsors we could not deliver the kind of night we did at the price we do!

JFJ Sponsors

The student musicians who brought there incredible talent were: Adler Scheidt Quartet, Britton Quintet and the Detwieler Trio. The talent amongst this group of young musicians is incredible. Next time you are looking for a small trio for one of your own events, call me, and I will put you in touch with them.

JFJ Al Band

The featured caterers this year were:  Deliciously Different Catering, Tasteful Connections Catering, Label 7 Restaurant, and Sapori Cafe & Catering.

JFJ Label 7

A highlight of the evening is when MCBA member and Family Law Section Chair, Kelly Ciccone, took the stage, accompanied by one of the three Eastman trio’s to perform her rendition of “Summertime.” Check out Kelly and her incredible voice.

I had the pleasure of serving as Auctioneer of the Live Auction, and was pleased to hear that we raised more this year than in years past. Though from some I did hear, “you need to speak faster Mary”! Geez, no pressure there. I was focusing on who to target for the ask! I will do better next year.

JFJ Live Auction Pointing

The best part of Friday night’s event — it was pure fun with people that care about the profession, about the cause, about each other. We had lawyers, judges, clerks, friends, family, clients, sponsors and just fun people in attendance.

JFJ Crowd

Next year will be the 5th Anniversary of this wonderful collaboration with the Eastman School of Music. It was through the wisdom of an initial conversation with the late Dean Doug Lowry that the vision for JFJ was born. Dean Lowry, who embraced the event concept 4 years ago and gave us our sea legs to launch it, was honored Friday night in a tribute from Robert Witmer Jr, MCBA member and a past president of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees.

Take a moment and flip through some of the great memories of Friday night, and then watch for a future release date for the 2015 Jazz for Justice.

Thanks for checking in,


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