Milwaukee-based law firm Hupy and Abraham sponsored Centro Legal’s fundraising event,"Centro LeGala", which took place on Wednesday, August 15, at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. Centro Legal is a vital public service that provides legal representation to those who cannot afford it.
"Centro LeGala" featured a silent and live auction with many enticing items up for grabs including Packer tickets, an “Ultimate Chef Experience” in the form of a home-cooked meal by Italian Chef Alisa Malavenda and a variety of wine packages. Local artist Holly Harnischferger also produced an abstract painting on-site that was later sold during the live auction.
During the program, Centro Legal’s Executive Director Heather Ramirez discussed the ways their organization has diversified their law programs throughout the years and Senior Attorney Jason Mischelow, who has handled over a thousand cases by himself, explained how Centro Legal helps people when they need it most.
Dianna Gonzalez, a former Centro Legal client, shared her touching story of how Centro Legal helped her obtain sole custody of her child in the aftermath of a broken marriage. After years of working paycheck to paycheck and enduring spousal abuse, Gonzalez now has a stable job and her child is excelling in school.
Each year, thousands of families in Milwaukee face the daunting task of taking on the legal system alone. Many are victims of domestic abuse and, for some, English is not their first language. Since 1991, Centro Legal has provided free and low-cost representation to thousands of low-income clients.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors like Hupy and Abraham, "Centro LeGala" was a resounding success and Centro Legal will be able to continue providing its services to those in need.
After the event, we received the following note from Centro Legal:
Dear Hupy and Abraham:
Thank you for supporting Centro Legal by sponsoring our fundraising event, "Centro LeGala."
I am pleased to report that over 230 guests joined us at Discovery World for the event. With your sponsorship, we raised a record level of support for our family law program and were able to surpass our fundraising goal! The event included live and silent auctions, a wine pull, a raffle and a brief program. A past client shared her story with us during the program, demonstrating the impact effective legal counsel can have in a family's life.
Thank you for your commitment to improving access to justice for Milwaukee families through legal representation and education.
Heather V. Ramirez
We are pleased to have been part of this event and to support Centro Legal's efforts.