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October 22 Benefit at Nighttown highlights Legal Aid’s broad reach

Posted October 4, 2018
8:05 am

"A group of attorneys walk into a bar..."  Yes, it is the beginning of a joke.  But on October 22 attorneys and non-attorneys alike are headed to Nighttown in Cleveland Heights for an incredible variety show to benefit The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.  The end result is no joke: it is anticipated more than $75,000 will be raised for Legal Aid in one night.

Organizer Jonathan Leiken of Shaker Heights was the brainchild behind the event.  His birthday happens to fall on October 22, and he wanted to use his birthday to rally support for Legal Aid - an organization for which he serves on the Board of Directors.

As Leiken began to make plans and reach-out to friends to participate, he realized how a core group of friends all shared an October 22 birthday - so these birthday buddies banded together to host the Nighttown event as a group to raise funds for Legal Aid.

Leiken's fellow #LibrasforLegalAid include Colleen Mahoney (native of Cleveland, now residing in Washington DC), Char Glatley (Shaker Heights), Steve Ellis (Willoughby), Dave Weiner (Lyndhurst) and Dan Ratner (native of Cleveland, now residing in New York City).

The event called "It's a Matter of Scale" will include songs, spoken word and some original works.

Char Glatley (Char Glatley Events LLC) is especially proud of her role in the event, "The work Legal Aid does is important to all of us: access to the justice system is a community-wide responsibility and role."  Glatley believes this event "showcases how Legal Aid's support extends beyond the legal community.  A strong Legal Aid which ensures shelter, safety and economic security helps foster a stronger and thriving democracy.  That is important to all of us - not just for my friends in the legal profession."

Glatley and other non-attorneys are using the #ExtendJustice to help spread the word about the broader community support Legal Aid has in Northeast Ohio.

For a printable flyer about the event, click here.

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