Committed to the Capital District Community.
Our attorneys and professional staff take immense pride in involvement with local not-for-profit organizations and philanthropic endeavors. Fielding teams, volunteering and taking leadership positions for local charities, O’Connell and Aronowitz has exemplified commitment to the community throughout our 90-year history. In house, we often come together to raise funds and awareness for various charitable, civic and religious organizations that are close to our hearts.
We are honored to have been recognized for our long-standing commitment to community service and believe in the need to serve the communities in which we live and work. A sampling of the tradition of service that exemplifies the O’Connell and Aronowitz spirit:
2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk and Run
We fielded two teams in the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk at UAlbany to support our 5-year-old Heart Hero Ryan Galvin. In the entire United States only 50–100 people have the specific heart condition that Ryan has. Team O&A Albany, headed by Beth Connolly, and team O&A Latham with Jami Rogowski at the helm, lead the efforts to raise money for heart disease research and continued the community service past time that has been tradition throughout our firm’s 90-year history.
Iron Chef Challenge
A delicious recurring in-house cooking competition raises funds for our winning chef’s charity of choice while also satisfying the pallets of an enthusiastic group of co-workers. Charged to create a dish around a specific menu item, our intrepid Iron Chefs create their best entree or dessert to be judged by colleagues who have paid $5 entry fee. ‘Gluten free’ and beer have been key ingredients while we have raised money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Everyone wins when raising funds for a good cause involves culinary delights.
American Heart Association Wear Red Day
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to increase awareness of heart disease — the leading cause of death for women — and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. Our office staff showed support for the national movement by donating to this worthy cause and by wearing their favorite red attire on national Wear Red Day.
Supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady
To do our part in helping prepare local children for the 2016 school year, our firm worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady by volunteering our time as part of a nationwide community outreach event — known as the Injury Board Day of Action. On Thursday, August 4th, our attorneys and staff were on site at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady’s Mont Pleasant location to repaint the facility’s gymnasium. We also launched a donation campaign collecting school supplies for the 12,000 children across Schenectady ages 6-18 who are served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. Through the generosity of our staff, clients and vendors, we were able to donate 30 winter coats, 50 backpacks, school supplies and other personal items to assist B&GCs to meet the needs of the students and families in their service area.
Holiday Giving: Northern Rivers
A tremendous sense of satisfaction is the gift we receive by taking part annually in the Northern Rivers Holiday Giving program. Our generous staff donated an entire carload of gifts, displayed in photo at left, for the local families who benefit from the Northern Rivers program. It’s a humbling experience and brings our firm a true sense of peace to each holiday season.
IB Day of Action in Support of Capital District Veterans
O’Connell and Aronowitz partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to show support to veterans in the Capital District community with a donation campaign to provide necessary supplies for the Albany Stratton VA Hospital. The effort was part of a nationwide community outreach event — known as the Injury Board Day of Action (#IBDayofAction). Our firm hosted a donation campaign at our office to collect needed items for the homeless veterans program at the Albany VA hospital. With generous support from downtown Albany retailer Lodges, we were able to provide 60 winter coats, boots and other personal items for the vets served by the Albany VA. Pam Nichols and Tom DiNovo have been active members of The Injury Board since 2012.