Local and award-winning compensation law firm, Travis Schultz & Partners (TSP) have their eyes set on a new fundraising target for this year’s Suncoast Community Legal Service Wine Dinner that will bring the local legal fraternity together early next month.
Hosted by TSP and sponsored by Coastline BMW and Ord Minnett Sunshine Coast, the event is in its second year running and with bold expectations to exceed last year’s fundraising efforts of $16,000.
TSP Managing Partner, Travis Schultz said supporting the vital work the Suncoast Community Legal Service (SCLS) provide for many vulnerable people in the community was a cause he and the firm felt strongly about.
“Everyone in our community should have access to justice no matter their background or circumstance and a fair understanding of the law shouldn’t be reserved to those with means,” Mr Schultz said.
“Our firm, along with other law firms on the Sunshine Coast, offer free legal advice to SCLS on a voluntary basis throughout the year, however this event helps us to aim a little higher by bringing together many like-minded legal professionals in order to achieve amazing fundraising targets that will go a long way to supporting the service,” he said.
SCLS General Manager, Richard Matthews said the independent community organisation had been providing free legal advice to financially disadvantaged people for more than three decades and relies heavily on the support of Sunshine Coast lawyers and volunteers.
“The law can be overwhelming, especially if you are coming from a vulnerable place, so it is important that people know their rights and are not afraid to ask for help,” Mr Matthews said.
“We aim to make the process as simple as we can without burdening people with large legal bills. Events like the Suncoast Community Legal Service Wine Dinner go a long way in helping us provide our services and we thank everyone in the community, including host TSP and event sponsors, for making this event possible,” he said.
Expected to draw a crowd is keynote speaker Melinda Upton, Chair of national not-for-profit Minds Count, Board Director of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia and newly appointed CEO of Positive Group, a company that helps businesses thrive by building the psychological skills of their people.
Ms Upton, who was a leading intellectual property lawyer before joining Positive Group, will share her insights and experience about the role of mental health and diverse leadership in the law. Ms Upton was also the former Co-CEO of law firm DLA Piper Australia and the Global Co-Chair of Intellectual Property and Technology Group across 25 countries.
Award-winning and family-owned Longview Vineyard is the chosen wine partner for the event, with owner and winemaker, Peter Saturno kindly donating his time to sharing the intricacies of his wine with guests as they enjoy a paired wine and delicious three-course meal.
The event will be held on Thursday 10 March 2022 at The Lakehouse, Brightwater kicking off at 5:30pm. All ticket proceeds go directly to SCLS.
All Sunshine Coast legal professionals are invited to attend. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the TSP website at www.schultzlaw.com.au/events/scls-wine-dinner-2022/.
To find out more about SCLS visit www.suncoastcommunitylegal.org.
When: 5.30 pm, Thursday 10 March 2022
Where: The Lakehouse, Sunshine Coast – 15 Freshwater Street, Mountain Creek
Tickets: $130 per person, all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to SCLS thanks to our event sponsors.
Tables will seat 10 people.
Dress code: Business attire
Parking: Available onsite, below Brightwater Hotel
To learn more about Minds Count visit www.mindscount.org.