SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 13, 2011) – Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP today announced that Alison V. Grant, executive assistant to partner and real estate attorney Nancy T. Scull, was named a new member of Photocharity’s board of directors. The San Diego County non-profit raises funds and creates awareness to save and empower homeless youth throughout the region and beyond.
Since 2005 Luce Forward has been a consistent supporter of Photocharity, providing annual financial donations and sponsoring dozens of Firm employees to participate in the organization’s various fundraising events. Since the start of this charitable relationship, Grant has served both as a liaison between Luce Forward and Photocharity, as well as a strong advocate for Photocharity’s efforts to curb youth homelessness. As a board member, Grant will continue to help raise awareness for the organization while participating in a weekly outreach program that gives resources, food and free shelter to 12- to 17-year old homeless youth in San Diego County.
“When I learned of the number of homeless children living on the streets of San Diego, my first reaction was that ‘this is unacceptable’ and I couldn’t stand around waiting for someone else to do something about it,” says Grant, who has been an employee at Luce Forward for 13 years. “This is something that I’ve been passionate about for a long time, and thanks to the support of Luce Forward I am able to dedicate more time to this fantastic organization. I know I can’t save the world, but if I can save just one or two kids in my lifetime I will feel fulfilled.”
Photocharity is the largest contributor to the Storefront Shelter, San Diego’s only emergency shelter program for homeless, runaway and “street” youth under the age of 18. In addition to its ongoing support of the Shelter, Photocharity has co-developed an after school program, which includes music and expressive arts, to combat juvenile delinquency. It also focuses heavily on the 18- to 24-year old homeless population since there are currently no beds or minimal services available for that age group in San Diego County. Photocharity’s primary goal is to support and provide shelter for 12- to 24-year old homeless individuals.
Photocharity acquired its name from the strong relationships formed from photographing musicians and athletes. These relationships resulted in receiving signed memorabilia. To date, it has raised over $675,000 to save homeless youth by selling the signed memorabilia. Photography remains a crucial part in what the organization does to save homeless youth.
Founded in 1873, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP is a full-service California law firm with offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel Valley/Del Mar, Orange County, and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.luce.com.
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