OCBF President's Page




by Patrick M. McCarthy
2017-2018 OCBF President




Just because the holiday season has concluded does not mean we have to wait another whole year for more cheer and fun. The 19th Annual Signature Event is just a few months away at Oakland Hills Country Club on Thursday, April 26, 2017. Mark your calendars and plan for a great night of fun, food and drink, all designed to fund important work in our community. Lamb chops will be plentiful. Fabulous food stations will surround the club, and fine wine and cocktails will be available for all to enjoy in a day of celebration for the good work being done in our community.

While truly a “signature event” for those in the legal and business community of Oakland County, the Signature Event is the most important event of the year for the Oakland County Bar Foundation (The Foundation). Since 2002, this annual event has raised more than $2 million, which The Foundation puts to good use in our community by funding important programs and deserving organizations that help ensure access to justice and effective use of the law for citizens in our community. For example, in the few short months of our current fiscal year, The Foundation has approved funding for several public service programs of the Oakland County Bar Association, Lakeshore Legal Aid, the Beaumont Health Foundation, CARE House of Oakland County, the Oakland County Adams-Pratt Law Library, SW Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, UDM Federal Pro Se Legal Clinic, and the Troy Historical Society Constitutional Cafes – all organizations and programs that make a difference in the community in which we live and work.

You can help make this year’s Signature Event another great success. In the coming weeks, you will receive information about both attendance at this event and sponsorship. We need your help and support. If you have not attended this event in the past, we encourage you to do so. You will not be sorry. If you have not sponsored this event before or if you are a longtime sponsor, please know that your sponsorship is needed, it is appreciated, and your contribution is put to immediate, good work. A brief summary of the sponsorship levels and benefits are included in the chart on this page.

The Foundation thanks those who have attended and sponsored in the past, and we look forward to your continued support at the 19th Annual Signature Event. On a Thursday night this year, this Signature Event is sure to be a great evening. Most importantly, with your support and effort, and together with The Foundation, we can all make our community better, especially for the underserved in need of access to justice and effective use of the law.