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Butzel Long hosts ‘PBJ & Wine’ fundraiser on June 26 at Gleaners Community Food Bank; Special event also celebrates law firm’s 160th anniversary

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is hosting a “PBJ & Wine” fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Gleaners Community Food Bank, located at 2131 Beaufait Street in Detroit. The suggested minimum donation for each attendee is $50 with 100 percent of the donation going directly to Gleaners.

In addition to unique peanut butter and jelly themed appetizers created by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Executive Chef, there will be wine, live music and a silent auction.

“Butzel Long is celebrating its 160th year in 2014, a proud history that includes a long tradition of serving the metro Detroit community,” said
Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long. “The PB&J Wine event continues that tradition. We are pleased to be able to support Gleaners’ work in serving those in need.”

“Earlier this year, the Butzel Long Women’s Leadership Committee collected 160 jars of peanut butter and jelly from Firm employees to donate to Gleaners, in recognition of our 160 years as a Detroit-based business,” said Angela Emmerling Boufford, Chair, Butzel Long Women’s Leadership Committee, which inspires women attorneys in the firm to be leaders in business and the community. “The PBJ & Wine event evolved from that collection. More than 300,000 children in southeast Michigan rely on free or reduced-price meals in school.”

“Over the summer, when school is out, these children often go without the food they need,” she said. “The Gleaners Hunger Free Summer campaign will provide an additional two million meals to children in poverty in southeast Michigan from June to September 2014. Peanut butter, a source of much needed protein, and jelly are staple items for the mobile pantries that Gleaners operates over the summer in partnership with more than 60 schools as one part of the Hunger Free Summer campaign.”

The cost of the Peanut Butter, Jelly & Wine event is 100 percent underwritten by Butzel Long. All donations will be matched by the Gleaners Hunger Free Summer campaign thanks to the Charter One Foundation and other generous partners. “This means that a $50 donation becomes $100 to help feed hungry children in southeast Michigan this summer,” added Boufford.

To register, visit www.butzel.com/events/. For inquiries, contact Debra Geroux at 248-258-2603 or geroux@butzel.com. Walk-ins are welcome. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted at the door on the day of the fundraiser for Gleaners Community Food Bank.

About Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan

For more than 36 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been feeding hungry people and nourishing communities. Last year, Gleaners distributed more than 41 million pounds of emergency food to more than 550 partner schools, soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. Of every dollar donated, Gleaners uses 94 cents for food and food programs. One dollar provides three meals for a hungry neighbor. Learn more at www.gcfb.org.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com.