To celebrate its 95th anniversary serving the Greater Hartford community, the Junior League of Hartford held its first-ever JLH Volunteerathon Friday, May 6, through Saturday, May 7, 2016. For 26.2 hours around the clock, JLH members volunteered in shifts at various local nonprofit agencies, helping with everything from organizing books and historical records, to painting, planting gardens, setting up events, and working directly with the clients the organizations serve. Robinson+Cole lawyers Meaghan Mary Cooper and Taylor A. Shea, and staff member Jessica Gagnon, are members of the Junior League of Hartford and participated in the event that not only served local agencies but also was a fundraiser for the JLH's community programs and projects, currently focused on Empowering Women and Girls to Overcome Obstacles.
Ms. Cooper volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore late Friday night and at HARC on Saturday morning, Ms. Shea did two shifts at My Sister's Place on Friday evening, and Ms. Gagnon volunteered at Hartford's Riverfront Recapture, HARC, and The Clothes Horse on Saturday. Other organizations benefiting from the Volunteerathon included Gifts of Love, Hartford's Camp Courant, Junior Achievement, the New Children's Museum, the John J. Driscoll United Labor Agency's Labor of Love Backpack Program, and YWCA Hartford. Click here to see pictures.
Women from a wide range of professions and industries joined the Connecticut Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (CTTMA) and the Connecticut Chapter of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) for an empowering ladies' poker night. Led by experienced instructors, the event combined fundamental instruction in the game of poker with insight on how to use the principles of poker to strengthen business and negotiation skills.
Robinson+Cole lawyers Taylor A. Shea and Kristen M. Bandura served as event co-chairs for the CTTMA. Pamela K. Elkow and Kathleen Sebastian from Robinson+Cole were also in attendance, and the firm was an event sponsor. The event drew nearly 30 women, including bankers, attorneys, business analysts, accountants, marketing and
development professionals, environmental consultants, and risk management professionals. Read more and view a picture from the event here.