‘Law Suit,’ Mardi Gras plans advance

Some members of Tulsa’s legal community will be helping others suit up for job interviews.
And as the momentum for ‘‘Santa Brings a Law Suit,’’ plans are being finalized for the Mardi Gras in February 2010.
Rachel E. Gusman, an associate at the Graves Barkett & McLain Law Firm, is the Tulsa County Bar Association Community Outreach chair, the group that oversees the annual drive for good clothing.
She is co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division that puts on the annual Mardi Gras in 2010.
Molly Hanna, an attorney at Latham Wagoner, Steele & Lehman, is Mardi Gras co-chair.
Clothing for the Santa Brings a Law Suit already is being accepted, but the formal drive begins Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 18, Gusman said. Items can be taken either to the Tulsa County Bar Association, 1446 South Boston Ave., or the Gable Gotwals office, 100 West Fifth St., Suite 1100. The drive, chaired by Ray Norton, was first held in 1998.
Clothing must be pressed and on hangers, should be professional attire suitable for job interviews and those first days on the job, she said. Needed items include suits, jackets, dress pants, ties, skirts, blouses and shoes.
This is another way that attorneys can continue giving back to the community, Gusman said. The need is particularly great because of the tough economic times. These clothing items will help job applicants make a good impression on future employers.
Some clothing already has been donated and picked up from the TCBA. It has been taken to a collection point where it can be sorted and distributed to either John 3:16 and Salvation Army.
Household items are not being accepted at this time, Gusman said. That activity to benefit the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless will be scheduled in the spring of 2010.
Even though three holidays — Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years — have yet to be celebrated, Mardi Gras plans also are being finalized.
Gusman said the festive event is set Feb. 4, 2010, at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
Proceeds will to the Community Action Project of Tulsa County.
A costume contest will be part of the fun, she said. Prizes will be awarded for the best homemade and store bought masks. Door prizes also will be awarded. Advance tickets are on sale and can be obtained by contacting Gusman at 582-6907, or Hanna at 382-7523.
Tickets also may be ordered on the TCBA website that will be up soon.
Tickets are $20 each.
Gold table sponsors include eight tickets and a bottle of champaign for their table.
Purple table sponsors are $250 and the green table sponsors are $100. These sponsors will be included in all advertising brochures. Donations are tax deductible.  

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