Alekman DiTusa, LLC Supports Our Troops Serving Overseas
In December of 2011, LAZER 99.3 FM held their annual Christmas tree ornament sale. The ornaments cost $10.00, and a portion of the proceeds were used to provide holiday care packages to troops serving overseas. In order to encourage sale of the ornaments, Attorneys Alekman and DiTusa agreed to a matching donation equal to first 48 ornaments sold at Thirsty Thursdays in December. The holidays are difficult for anyone spending time away from their families, and hopefully the care packages helped lift the spirits of our troops.
Alekman DiTusa recognized for donation to children.
In December, 2011, Alekman DiTusa LLC contributed $250 to the Springfield Republican’s Toy for Joy Campaign. The 89th annual campaign strives to provide families in need with presents for the holiday season. For more information about the gift and the campaign, please click on the following link- http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/12/springfield_law_firm_alekman_d.html
The Hispanic Family Festival 2011
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Holyoke Hispanic Family Festival, and we were proud to support this event. This festival is a three day event held in Holyoke MA, and is coordinated by La Familia Hispana. Each day featured several Latino bands, an array of carnival rides, and plenty of traditional Latino cuisine. The Hispanic Family Festival caters to all age groups and offers Western Massachusetts residents the chance to experiencing Hispanic culture. For more information on next year's event please visit La Familia Hispana's website at: http://www.lafamiliahispana.org/
Tornado Relief Fundraiser 2011
On June 1, 2011 an F3 tornado touched down in Western Massachusetts causing substantial damage to the homes and businesses that stood in its path. Our building in Springfield took a direct hit, and we were fortunate that our staff survived the incident without physical injury. However, many other residents in the area weren't as lucky. The next day, Alekman DiTusa, LLC partnered with Lazer 99.3 and Rock 102.1 to raise money for the Red Cross. We pledged to match every dollar collected by the radio stations in the week after the tornado, up to $5,000. Over $21,000 was raised by this joint effort in less than one week. In addition, Alekman DiTusa, LLC pledged to donate $5 to the local chapter of the Red Cross for every "like" we received on our Facebook page (up to an additional $5,000). In less than a month we received over 800 likes from people who supported our efforts, and while we were just shy of our original goal of 1,000 likes, we donated the full $5,000. You can find out more about our relief program by visiting our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alekman-DiTusa-LLC/187141611324598?sk=wall
The Pioneer Valley Red Cross 2011
In 2011 Ryan Alekman was asked to serve as a Public Affairs Officer for the Pioneer Valley branch of the Red Cross. This volunteer position serves as a liaison between the Red Cross and the Spanish speaking community within Western Massachusetts. Ryan will be working with the Red Cross in both the planning and execution of relief efforts in the greater Springfield area. It's a very exciting opportunity, one that will allow Ryan to help the Red Cross as they continue their mission of giving relief aid to those who need it most.
Second Annual Legal Food Frenzy 2011
In March 2011, Alekman DiTusa LLC entered the second annual Legal Food Frenzy to benefit the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. This fundraiser pits law firms & legal organizations all over Western Massachusetts against one another as they competed to raise money and donations for the Food Bank. Alekman DiTusa, LLC is proud to announce that we collected over 50 pounds of food, and raised almost $1,000 dollars for the benefit of the Food Bank. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is a non-profit organization that has been supporting those in need since 1982. The Organization works to feed Western Massachusetts, more specifically defined as Bershire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties. In Western Massachusetts onein every ten people suffers from chronic food shortages, or needs emergency food assistance. The Food Bank is able to provide nine dollars of food to those in need for every one dollar donated. For more information about the Food Bank please visit their website at: http://www.foodbankwma.org/
National Rebuilding Together Day 2011
On April 30, 2011, Alekman DiTusa, LLC partnered with United Bank to sponsor the rehabilitation of a local Springfield home as part of the National Rebuilding Together Day. Alekman DiTusa, LLC donated money used to purchase materials for the project. In addition, the lawyers and staff rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their Saturday to paint the exterior of the chosen home. Together, the 17 volunteers who worked on the project set an unofficial world record by painting the home in just over four hours. Please check out our pictures from the day.
National Rebuilding Together Day is a national initiative in which volunteers all over the country work to support those less fortunate then themselves by performing acts of home repair or basic upkeep within their communities. This year the program helped to repair, modify, and fix 12 homes within the greater Springfield area. For more information on National Rebuilding Together Day or the National Rebuilding Together Program please visit their website at: http://www.rebuildingtogetherspringfield.org
Will Power and The Boys and Girls Club 2011
In January 2011, Alekman DiTusa, LLC, purchased 60 tickets to a Saturday evening Springfield Armor basketball game, with the purchase price benefiting the WillPower Foundation. 40 of these tickets were donated to the Springfield Boys and Girls Club. The basketball game took place on January 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. and the Springfield Armor surprised everyone by trouncing their opponent, the Erie Blackhawks by a score of 110-95. A great time was had by all in attendance. The children participating in the event also received a commemorative Armor T-shirt, courtesy of Alekman DiTusa LLC. See http://www.bgclubspringfield.org for more information about the Springfield Boys and Girls Club and http://www.nba.com/dleague/springfield for information about the Springfield Armor.
The Willpower Foundation's mission is to provide financial support to local families and individuals with disabilities in Western Massachusetts when private insurance or other institutions do not. Since its inception in 2008, the WillPower Foundation has granted more than $12,000 to families in Western Massachusetts to help them meet the varied needs of their family members. See http://www.willpowerfoundation.org for more information about Willpower and the wonderful work that they do.
Red Cross Blood Drive 2010
In December 2010, Alekman DiTusa, LLC co-sponsored a Red Cross blood drive along with the Hamden County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Alekman DiTusa, LLC donated $25.00 to the Red Cross annual Toy Drive for every individual blood donation. In addition, Alekman DiTusa, LLC created a 15 second Public Service Announcement in order to publicize the event. The Public Service Announcement was produced and shown courtesy of WGGB TV/ABC 40/Fox 6. The blood drive was held on December 14, 2010 in front of 75 State Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. See http://www.redcrosscwm.org/general.asp?SN=6466&OP=8195&IDCapitulo=B55LB113WJ for more information about the Red Cross.
Habitat for Humanity 2007
In November 2007, shortly after New Orleans was striken by Hurricane Katrina, Attorney Alekman volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. He would later describe the event as "an eye-opening experience" Attorney Alekman also returned to New Orleans in November, 2008 to once again help restore the city.