Greenbelt Law Firm to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Rock & Roll Gala to Benefit Local Housing Charity

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Bon Jovi keyboarder Jeff Kazee to head all-star band. M&T Bank heads list of sponsors for charity event that will raise money for the Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc.

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Believe it or not, we have been around for 40 years next year. We started out as a group of six young lawyers and are now one of the largest law firms in the Maryland suburbs. Prince George's County has been very good to us, and we intend to return the favor by raising money for a local charity

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Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A., the largest law firm in Prince George's County, will host a Rock & Roll Charity Gala on March 14, 2008, to mark the firm's 40th anniversary.

"Believe it or not, we have been around for 40 years next year. We started out as a group of six young lawyers and are now one of the largest law firms in the Maryland suburbs. Prince George's County has been very good to us, and we intend to return the favor by raising money for a local charity," said David Bulitt, the firm's assistant managing director and Gala organizer.

Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc., has been selected by JGL as the focus of its fund-raising Gala. HIP has a variety of services aimed exclusively on the lower-income citizens of Prince George's County. Originally conceived to rehabilitate local derelict housing and to sell the renovated homes to lower income families, HIP has expanded its services over the years to include homeownership counseling in English and Spanish, a mentoring program for local youth, and a reading encouragement program which provides free books to low and moderate income children.

"Since we began, we have provided homes to several Prince George's County families, helped to send young men and women to college, and distributed hundreds of books to kids who never owned a book before," said HIP founder, Mosi Harrington. "We are very grateful to be the focus of JGL's anniversary fund-raiser," Ms. Harrington said.

"We are very pleased that M&T Bank has agreed to essentially serve as a partner in the event and our first major sponsor," said Mr. Bulitt. Other early sponsorship commitments include Direct Mail, Inc., which is contributing its design and printing services, Barbara's Flowers, which is donating flowers for the event, Jerry Frishman Photography, which will photograph the event and has pledged a percentage of all sales to HIP and Webharmony, LLC, which is donating free website design and one year of web hosting.

Corporate sponsorships are available at three donation levels: Platinum Level for a donation of $5000.00, Gold Level for a donation of $2500.00, and Silver Level for a donation of $1500.00. Although all sponsorships include tickets and other benefits, Platinum Sponsors are given exclusive "BACK STAGE PASSES" that provide access to the superstar band's sound check session during the afternoon of the event and personal photographs with the musicians.

Jeff Kazee, who is currently touring as keyboard player and back-up singer with Bon Jovi, will organize the band for the Gala. Mr. Kazee is also a longtime member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Mark Rivera, the longtime saxophone player for Billy Joel, has also agreed to appear with the Gala band. Mr. Rivera has also played and toured with Elton John, Ringo Starr, Foreigner, and Hall and Oates. The Gala band is expected to have at least eight members and additional commitments are expected soon.

"These guys are going to blow the roof off the Marriott. If anyone is sitting down, I will be surprised", said Mr. Bulitt.

Tickets for the Gala will be $200 each and purchasers will be provided written confirmation of the extent of tax deductibility. A Silent Auction is also planned, to feature fine jewelry by N.R. Ferris & Co., of Bethesda.

The Gala will be held on Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate for Gala attendees.

For further information, please contact David Bulitt at (240) 553 1193 or check the Joseph, Greenwald & Laake website at http://www.jgllaw.com.

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