COSTA MESA, Calif., December 19, 2013 – Volunteers from Rutan & Tucker, LLP, California’s largest full-service law firm based in Orange County, joined forces with many other community-spirited citizens who participated in the 44th year of Share Our Selves’ Annual Adopt-A-Family program. The holiday tradition assists many struggling Orange County families by providing gifts and food for the holidays.
This year, the program undertaken by the Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization connected donors and volunteers with more than 1,100 families with children that were recommended by Costa Mesa and Santa Ana schools . Many members of these families work multiple jobs to provide for their children, but unforeseen circumstances — such as reduced hours, sudden illness, a death in the family — make it nearly impossible to celebrate the holidays.
Partner Kathy Jenson again organized the firm’s involvement in the project, which included having Rutan attorneys, staff and family members gather at the OC Fair & Event Center to help sort, load and deliver the items to schools where they were then given to the families.
The list of Rutan volunteers included Dave Cosgrove, Jeff Goldfarb, Emily Hester, Kathy Jenson, her husband Dave Collins, Cynthia Kaiser, Joel Kuperberg, Ann Levin, Layne Melzer and his sons Landon and Shane, along with Shawna McKee, Michelle Molko, Bob Owen, Epiphany Owen, Patrick Donegan , Alisha Patterson, Dana Ross and son Roi, Ajit Thind, and the firm’s Managing Partner Kim Thompson.
“Thanks again to Kathy Jenson for her efforts in organizing this volunteer effort and kudos to everyone involved for giving their time and energy to assist local families in need during the holiday season,” said Thompson.
Share Our Selves (SOS
Founded in 1970 by a group of concerned individuals, primarily members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa, Share Our Selves (SOS) has grown to become a model nonprofit organization providing the highest quality comprehensive safety net services to the homeless and low-income populations in Orange County. Detailed information is available at www.shareourselves.org.
About Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Rutan & Tucker is Orange County’s largest full-service business law firm with offices in Costa Mesa and Palo Alto. Primary practice areas include corporate and securities law, business, real estate and intellectual property litigation, labor and employment law, intellectual property, real estate, government and regulatory law, land use law, bankruptcy, condemnation and property valuation, environmental law, and taxation and estate planning. Detailed information about the firm is available at www.rutan.com.