Gallop Brings Together More Than a Dozen Non-Profit Organizations to Celebrate “The Year of Making a Difference”

17 January 2012 – St. Louis, Missouri… More than 400 leaders from non-profit, government and business sectors in metro St. Louis gathered at a VIP reception on Wednesday, January 11, to celebrate launch of “The Year of Making a Difference” a unique charitable awareness and fundraising initiative created by the Gallop law firm.

Thomas J. Campbell, Gallop Managing Partner, said, “The heroes at this event are leaders of non-profit organizations whose benevolent services assist thousands of needy children, adults, senior citizens and military personnel in our community every year. Our law firm is truly honoured to partner with these charitable organizations during ‘The Year of Making a Difference’ initiative because their commitments and services make an enormously positive difference, particularly in today’s economy.”

Every month throughout 2012, Gallop is partnering with non-profit organizations to promote their charitable mission in media communications, perform volunteer tasks and raise money in a unique, interactive fundraising campaign. Gallop is acknowledging every new follower of the law firm’s LinkedIn profile by donating one dollar to that month’s participating non-profit organization. Every month, Gallop attorneys and staff also will participate in hands-on volunteer activities managed by the non-profit organizations.

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley presented Mr. Campbell with a formal proclamation at the event honouring Gallop’s outstanding commitment to local charities. In addition, Jeff Rainford, Chief of Staff for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, presented Mr. Campbell with a formal proclamation declaring 2012 “The Year of Making a Difference.”

Mr. Campbell observed, “So far as we know, Gallop is the only law firm in St. Louis with a charitable awareness program of this kind. Many law firms support a variety of non-profit enterprises. Yet, it is never enough because charitable needs in our community loom large. ‘The Year of Making a Difference’ is one way Gallop is trying to do more in a challenging economy.”

A talented young troupe from St. Louis’ Central Visual Performing Arts High School performed dance and musical entertainment to the delight of all who attended the event, which was hosted at the new Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School. Pyrotechniq, a nine-member performance troupe from Chicago, amazed the VIP crowd with fire dances that illuminated the darkened stage with the performers’ blazing torches and flaming acrobatics.

Gallop is showcasing these non-profit groups during “The Year of making a Difference”: Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (www.bbbsemo.org); Focus St. Louis (focus-stl.org); Habitat for Humanity St. Louis (www.habitatstl.org); KidSmart (www.kidsmartstl.org); The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gateway Chapter (www.lls.org/gat); 501Connect, Inc. (www.501Connect.com); Operation Food Search (www.operationfoodsearch.org); Operation Home Front (www.operationhomefront.net/Missouri); St. Louis Sports Commission Sports for Kids Program (www.stlouissports.org/); United Cerebral Palsy Heartland (www.ucpheartland.org); Wings of Hope (www.wings-of-hope.org); Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis (www.lhbindustries.com) and the St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired (www.slsbvi.org).

Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., is a full-service law firm that provides legal services to clients in diverse industries and is one of the largest law firms headquartered in St. Louis. With more than 30 practice areas, Gallop also has offices in Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Gallop serves public corporations; privately-held companies; entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises; individuals and families; trustees and trust beneficiaries; charities; and non-profit entities. The firm’s headquarters are at 101 South Hanley Road, Suite 1700, in St. Louis, Missouri.

For information about Gallop, please contact Laura B. Callahan at 314.615.6000 or visit the website http://www.GallopLaw.com. Media contact: Jeff Dunlap at 314.993.6925.

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