American Red Cross and Houston chapter of the American Red Cross
The country's premier emergency response organization had its resources tested as never before when two deadly hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast just weeks apart in 2005. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita killed thousands and destroyed billions of dollars worth of property in the United States. The $4 billion-a-year organization has 800 chapters around the country and provides more than half of the blood supply.
Our link to this organization grew even stronger in 2006 when Locke Lord senior partner R. Bruce LaBoon was elected vice chairman of the board of the American Red Cross. He was appointed to the board in 2003 and also is a past chairman of the Houston chapter of the American Red Cross.
Shell Houston Open Charity Partners Program
The Houston Golf Association (HGA) has generated more than $39 million for local worthy causes since Shell Oil Company became title sponsor of the PGA event in 1992. HGA annually supports eight core charities. It further reaches into the community through its Shell Houston Open Charity Partners Program, which has raised more than $16 million for dozens of local agencies since 1994. Birdies for Charity, a Shell Houston Open-related fundraiser for 501c (3) organizations, enables non-profit organizations to tap in to the power of golf to generate funds through pledges based on the number of birdies made during tournament week, 100 percent of which goes to charities.
In addition, the HGA provides a low-cost Junior Golf tournament for youngsters ages 12-18. It also awards college scholarships to deserving youngsters through the privately funded Friends of Junior Golf Program. The newest HGA undertaking with the assistance of The Redstone Companies is The First Tee® of Houston/Redstone Chapter, which will benefit thousands of youngsters in the years to come. The Firm is a Charity Partner with the Shell Houston Open.
Goodfellows helps children in Houston have a better holiday by giving new toys to families who otherwise would not have them. The Goodfellows program was born on Christmas Eve in 1911 when Houston Chronicle city editor George Kepple happened upon a shoeshine boy. The boy, whose father was disabled, was out in the cold trying to earn money for family gifts. Kepple took the boy back to the Chronicle newsroom and passed a hat. The generosity of Kepple and his staff brought gifts and a holiday meal to the boy and his family. That gesture grew into a seasonal drive that now helps families all over Houston and the surrounding area.
The Firm supports and donates each year with our Goodfellows Drive.
American Heart Association Heart Walk
The American Heart Association Heart Walk raised more than $1.6 million in 2005 toward research to save lives lost to heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death in the United States.
The Firm participates in the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk – whether by walking, supporting our friends or by sponsoring others. This year's Houston Heart Walk will be held on November 1, 2008.
The Firm was involved with the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women campaign again this year. More than 135 companies and organizations across the Houston participated in National Wear Red Day to help fight heart disease in women.
Junior Achievement is a hands-on classroom experience for students in kindergarten through grade 12. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential and their lives after high school and helping them understand the economics of life.
Our lawyers and staff share their experiences and their paths to success through Junior Achievement's business and economics programs. The dynamic interaction between volunteers and students helps promote active learning via program materials, training and support.
Hilliard Elementary School
Hilliard Elementary School is a K-5 public school in northeast Houston. Each year, the Firm adopts the first grade classes for Hilliard Elementary School. The children are given a wish list to fill out, including clothing, books and toys.
Every December, the entire Firm organizes and hosts a holiday party for all of the children. Staff and lawyers participate by supplying food, toys, gift wrapping and decorations. We also supply a Santa Claus for the classes. The children enjoy their tour of downtown and their party at Locke Lord, and no one leaves without a surprise and a smile.
Aspiring Youth® is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports and operates programs for at-risk youth. Aspiring Youth's® mission is: "To Prepare Aspiring Youth to Succeed in School and in Life." To fulfill its mission, Aspiring Youth® operates the Aspiring Youth® After-School Program, the Take A Student to your Employment (TASTE) Program and produces the "Positive Youth Development" and "Success Stories" TV shows.
The Firm supports Aspiring Youth® in all of its endeavors.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world's largest rodeo, held each Spring. This charitable event annually commits $7.8 million to the youth of Texas through the Show's scholarship and educational programs, and the Firm helps to support those programs through donations.
The following scholarships are awarded each year: four-year scholarships presented to the 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America groups; Area Go Texan; 200 four-year, $12,000 Metropolitan Scholarships to outstanding students graduating from Houston-area public school districts; 100 four-year, $12,000 Opportunity Scholarships to outstanding students graduating from specified school districts; 15 four-year, $12,000 college scholarships awarded to participants in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program.