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Legal Aid Pro Bono Event Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

West Palm Beach, FL - The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its Annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening by hosting a "Roaring 20's" event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Over 700 friends and supporters of Legal Aid attended the event dressed as flappers, gangsters and characters out of "The Great Gatsby." The event raised over $200,000 to provide free legal services to the disadvantaged children, families, elders and individuals in Palm Beach County.

The attorneys honored at this year's gala included the following Palm Beach County attorneys: Richard L. Abedon (Emeritus Award); James a Bonfiglio (Consumer Law Award); Devore & Devore, P.A. (Immigration Law Award); David M. Layman (Non-Profit Law Award); Jason Lazarus ("And Justice for All" Award); Deena R. McNamara (Real Property Law Award); Paul Rampell (Juvenile Law Award); Erskine C. Rogers, III (Guardianship Law Award); Mark Wilensky (Family Law Award) and Bruce Zeidel (Elder Law Award). The Firm Award was presented to Sarah Cortvriend and John Hart on behalf of the Carlton Fields Law Firm. The Voluntary Bar Association Award was given to the F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr. Bar Association and private investigator Patrick McKenna was the co-recipient of the Guardianship Law Award.

Entertainment was provided by the students of the Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. School of the Arts who sang and danced to the music of the 20's under the direction of Garry Q. Lewis. The master of ceremonies for the evening was Bill Bone.

Legal Aid Society provides free legal representation and education to over 5,000 individuals annually through its Family Advocacy, Children's Advocacy, Elder Advocacy, Individual Rights Advocacy and Community Advocacy Projects.

The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., founded in 1949, is a private nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to providing free legal services to disadvantaged children, families, elders and individuals living in Palm Beach County. Projects include the Domestic Violence Project, Juvenile Advocacy Project, Foster Children's Project, Ryan White Project, Fair Housing Project and Elder Law Project.