Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry

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In Memoriam Martin Teplitsky, O.Ont., Q.C., LSM

The Law Society Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Teplitsky, O.Ont., Q.C., LSM, on July 14, 2016.

Called to the Bar in 1966, Mr. Teplitsky distinguished himself as a mediator-arbitrator, lawyer, teacher, legal scholar and dedicated community leader.  He earned his LLB with honours from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (‘64).

In 1998, Mr. Teplitsky founded the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. He and then-Law Society bencher Nancy Backhouse, his wife, believed that Toronto’s legal community had the capacity to help feed people in need. They shared their vision with the Law Society’s Treasurer at the time, and that same year, the Toronto Program began preparing and serving meals to the hungry in the Law Society’s cafeteria at Osgoode Hall.  The Toronto Program continues to provide more than 60,000 meals a year to Toronto residents in need. 

Mr. Teplitsky was a senior partner of Teplitsky Colson LLP, of which he founded with Robert Colson in the early 1980s. As a highly regarded civil litigation lawyer, Mr. Teplitsky authored books and articles on civil procedure and labour law, tort law, arbitration and mediation. He was a sought-after keynote speaker and lecturer. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1980.

Many awards and honours have been presented to him for his distinguished career. The Law Society recognized Mr. Teplitsky with its Law Society Medal in 1998. The Medal is given to outstanding lawyers in Ontario whose service reflects the highest ideals of the profession. In 2011, his advocacy skills and unwavering commitment to law and community service were recognized with his appointment to the Order of Ontario.

Mr. Teplitsky will be remembered by the Law Society Foundation for the remarkable contributions he made to the legal profession and in particular, to the greater community.

In memory of Mr. Teplitsky, donations may be made to the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

 

About the Program

The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has provided hot, healthy community meals to Toronto residents in need since 1998. This important year-round program, providing more than 60,000 meals a year, is made possible thanks to generous donations to The Law Society Foundation and the work of our committed volunteers.

Meals are served in the Law Society of Upper Canada's cafeteria at 130 Queen

Street West, Toronto, on:

  • Tuesday nights for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday nights for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday mornings for breakfast at 6:45 a.m.
  • Sunday mornings for breakfast at 10 a.m.

Sponsoring the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is a great way for members of Toronto's legal community — and others — to help support some of the neediest residents of our city.

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Program Highlights

Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto program revenues

For January to December 2015, Toronto Program revenues totalled $506,916. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto program expenses

To operate and fundraise for the Program for the period of January to December 2015, a total of $417,675 was spent, with $390,482 attributable to the direct operation of the Program, and $27,193 to fundraising costs. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Volunteers

The Law Society Foundation's Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our approximately 80 volunteers.

Our volunteers arrive early to prepare Osgoode Hall cafeteria and stay late to clean up after the meal. This tight-knit group includes law students, lawyers, high school students, City of Toronto employees and a cross-section of Toronto's legal community.

Come out and join the team! For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator responsible for the day of the week for which you would like to volunteer.

  • Tuesday Dinner – Volunteers should arrive between 4:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Ross amandaross755@gmail.com

  • Wednesday Dinner - Volunteers should arrive between 4:00 P.M - 4:30 P.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Ross amandaross755@gmail.com

  • Thursday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive by 6:30 A.M
    Volunteer Coordinator, Jay Brecher jay.brecher@gmail.com

  • Sunday Breakfast – Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 A.M.
    Volunteer Coordinator, David Bronskill dbronskill@goodmans.ca

New volunteers need to contact the volunteer coordinator in advance.

Volunteer Relationship with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
The relationship between volunteers and the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program (the Program) does not create a legally binding contract. The Program embraces volunteerism on the understanding that volunteer services are received at its sole discretion, and that any volunteer’s relationship with the Program may be terminated by either side at any time for any reason.

Volunteer Spotlights

Amanda Ross

Amanda Ross, a lawyer with the City of Toronto, has been volunteering since 2000 and is the volunteer coordinator for the Tuesday and Wednesday dinners. "Being part of a Program whose goal is to serve our guests like family, with warmth and dignity, is a privilege and an honour, both as a lawyer and a member of the community."  Amanda also coordinates the sponsorships for the Tuesday and Wednesday dinners.

Get involved with this committed team by contacting Amanda Ross at amandaross755@gmail.com.

Jay Brecher

Lawyers Feed the Hungry volunteer Jay BrecherThe self-described "unofficial coordinator" for Toronto's Thursday morning breakfast is LexisNexis Canada Managing Editor Jay Brecher. Someone who would rather eschew the limelight, Jay notes that he assumed the coordinating role because he is one of the longest serving Thursday morning volunteers, with a consistent attendance record. "This is a commitment I can make long-term," he says. "It's a worthwhile cause affiliated with the legal profession. It's rewarding in so many ways."

To join this dedicated group, contact jay.brecher@gmail.com.

David Bronskill

Lawyers Feed the Hungry volunteer David BronskillFresh out of law school in 2000, Goodman's lawyer David Bronskill discovered community service work is rewarding and a good time — so much so that he recruited his mom Pat and dad Mike to join him in volunteering for the Sunday Lawyers Feed the Hungry breakfast. The trio are still at it today, with David in the lead as the meal coordinator. "Sunday morning is something we all look forward to," he says. "The relationship between the guests and volunteers is one like family."

You too can make an impact on Sunday mornings. For more information, contact David at dbronskill@goodmans.ca.

Code of Conduct

The Law Society Foundation is committed to diversity and social inclusion and to meeting its obligations under law. It is committed to providing an environment that respects the rights of every individual as set out in its Code of Conduct.

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Key Supporters/Donors

The organizing committee of the Ken and Bugsy Charity Golf Tournament, under the leadership of Michael Gary, have supported the Toronto Program for 12 years now.  The committee’s tireless efforts have raised over $700,000 for the Program since its first tournament.

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Upcoming Events

Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Bowl-a-Thon - April 9, 2017

Join us for the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Bowl-a-Thon, a fundraiser in aid of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program. Established in 1998, the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program provides hot, healthy meals to residents in need on a weekly basis. 

More than 60,000 meals are served annually. This program is 100% funded by donor contributions and supported by a team of committed volunteers. Bowling Pins

REGISTER AS A SPONSOR!

Law firms, organizations or individuals can make a significant contribution by sponsoring the event. Sponsors can choose from the following sponsorship levels:

  • Platinum - $10,000
  • Lane - $3,000
  • Individual Bowler - $500

To register online select the "Register as a Sponsor" link above.    
Sponsorship Packages include:

  • Platinum Sponsorship

    Prominent signage at the event, 1 meal sponsorship for Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry with recognition at the meal and a full page thank you ad in Ontario Reports post event

  • Lane Sponsorship
  • Signage at the event, 1 meal sponsorship for Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry with recognition at the meal and a full page thank you ad in Ontario Reports post event, registration for a team of up to 6 bowlers, including shoe rental, pizza, sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages for bowler

REGISTER AS A BOWLER!

Individual bowler registration includes shoe rental, pizza, sandwiches and non-alcoholic beverages.. Prize of an Auston Matthews’ Toronto Maple Leafs jersey will be awarded to the individual bowler that raises the most money

Once registered, you can login to your account to customize your Personal & Team donation pages, send emails, manage offline pledges, and view the status of your Personal & Team fundraising efforts.

Would you like to make a pledge to support a friend, family member or colleague?

Click "Register as a Bowler" above to find the player and/or team you would like to support.

Charitable donation receipts for income tax purposes are only issued for contributions of $20 or more.

Please note that in accordance to Canada Revenue Agency regulations, tax receipts cannot be issued for sponsorships.

 

The 13th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament- June 14, 2017

Each year the colleagues, friends and families of David H. Newman, Q.C. and Ken Danson pay tribute to their memory by organizing and supporting this successful event. To date, over $675,000 has been raised by the annual tournament for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program.

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s guests of honour are Chief Justice of The Ontario Court of Appeal, The Honourable George Strathy and his partner Elyse Strathy. George and Elyse are weekly volunteers serving guests at the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Thursday breakfasts.

REGISTER NOW!!

Tournament Schedule
Registration: 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.          
Driving range open: 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Box lunch: At registration
Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Live auction: 6:45 p.m.
Your Exceptional Golf Package includes: 
Scramble golf/golf cart on championship course;
Free practice range and putting green;
Boxed lunch;
Water bottles with cart and chance to win great golf prizes;
Complimentary reception and three-course dinner.

2017 Tournament Organizing Committee

Jon Rosenthal
Rachel Grinberg
Amanda Ross
Jeremy Lum-Danson
Peter Danson
Francesca Yaskiel
Adam Newman
Michael Gary
Dwayne White

Directions to tournament from Toronto (shorter than by published map) - Take Hwy 404 north to Stouffville Side Road. Turn left onto Stouffville Side Road and follow to Leslie Street. Turn right on to Leslie Street and proceed north for approximately 2.5 km. Entrance is on the west (left) side of Leslie Street.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH CRA REGULATIONS, TAX RECEIPTS CAN NO LONGER BE ISSUED FOR SPONSORSHIPS.

Please note that an official tax receipt will be issued under the cardholder's name. The Income Tax Act does not permit us to issue tax receipts to anyone other than the donor (the person whose name is on the credit card).

 

Recent Events

Billiards with the Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger 2016

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the participants and contributors for their support of the Billiard with Bar: Chalk One up Against Hunger held on November 8, 2016. This event raised approximately $10,000 to provide a much-needed funding boost for the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program. Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, Toronto Lawyers Association and The Law Society Foundation hosted the event at the Rivoli for a worthy cause that serves hot meals to those who need it most. More than 100 lawyers attended, making the fundraiser a great success.

The 12th Annual Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament - June 15, 2016

We want to share the great news and thank all the participants and donors of the 12th annual tournament held on June 15th at Diamondback Golf Club.

This year’s tournament was by far the most successful financially for the LAWYERS FEED THE HUNGRY program netting to the charity over $131,000 this year (almost 700,000 to date).

For all, it was an amazing day of great golf and an incredible speech by our honouree Marie Henein to whom we are so grateful for helping make it such a huge success.

And as always an occasion to remember Bugsy and Ken who would be so proud and honoured. Please save the date of Wednesday June 14, 2017. Though it will be difficult to top this year’s tournament, we will. Already some great surprises are in the works.

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the organizing committee for their extraordinary effort and ongoing commitment in support of the program:

2016 Tournament Organizing Committee

  • Jon Rosenthal
  • Rachel Grinberg
  • Jeremy Lum-Danson
  • Peter Danson
  • Francesca Yaskiel
  • Adam Newman
  • Michael Gary
  • Dwayne White
  • Jennifer Williams

The Law Society Foundation would like to thank the tournament participants and sponsors for their tremendous support of the Bugsy and Ken Charity Golf Tournament. The Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is able to operate the Program due to your generosity.

Below are our wonderful sponsors. If you have not made a charitable contribution yet and wish to, you can, by using the LFTH donation link: 
https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1847&AID=433&TrackId=BUGSY

Platinum Sponsor for Dinner

55” TV For Raffle

Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Banack Resolutions
   

Silver Sponsors

Lunch Sponsor

Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP St. Urbain Bagel
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP  
York Heritage Group  
   

Bronze Sponsors

Hole Sponsors

Faculty Of Trial Advocacy, Osgoode Hall Law School Addario Law Group LLP
Frank Gomberg Amanda Ross
Goldblatt Partners LLP Bernstein, Newman & Associates
Henein Hutchison LLP Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
Innovative Case Management Crowe Soberman
J K Hannaford Barristers Danson Recht LLP
Jonathan Rosenthal David Flawn
Judges of The Ontario Court of Justice Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
Law Society Of Upper Canada Greenspan Partners
Lynx Equity Limited Greg Lafontaine
Neinstein, Personal Injury Lawyers Howie Sacks & Henry LLP
Osgoode Professional Development, York University Hull & Hull
Peter Connelly Jeffrey Milligan
Rocket Cycle Macdonald Sager Manis LLP
Ross & McBride LLP NKF Devencore
Stockwoods LLP Perennial Asset Management
The Faculty Of Osgoode Hall Law School Rachel Grinberg
Tom’s Place Ross Barristers
Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP Singer Kwinter
X-Copper Professional Corporation Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP
  Stevenson Whelton Macdonald & Swan LLP
  Torkin Manes
  ZSA Legal Recruitment

 

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