Gilbert Gives Back: Helping Create Stronger Communities throughout Tennessee
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They say charity begins at home; we believe that to be true. To us, home is more than the place where you eat your breakfast or lay your head at night – it is the community of people with whom you share your lives, interests and passions. Whether you’re a die-hard Volunteers fan or an avid gardener, or an advocate for those who are not as fortunate, giving back helps strengthen the bonds you share with others, and improves the community as a whole.
At Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott Bobbitt PLC, we believe that we all benefit when we come together. As individuals and as a firm, we support and sponsor programs and events which help our clients, our friends and our homes. We invite you to read more about the causes we support, or to contact us directly about getting involved. Together, we can help families and friends in Tennessee, throughout the country, and even the world, experience a better and brighter future.
Heaven’s Cradle (Jackson, TN)
Clint and Ashby Scott proudly support Heaven’s Cradle, a fund established to provide assistance and comfort to families suffering from perinatal loss, and staff training to those who work with bereaved families who have experienced perinatal grief. Heaven’s Cradle has an annual 5k race (The “Twilight Run”) and dinner with funds raised used to create “grace bags” filled with keepsakes and support information for parents and families who have lost a baby.
The Therapy & Learning Center (Jackson, TN)
The Gilbert Firm is a proud sponsor of the Hub City Kids Triathlon featuring I CAN TRI, an event which allows typical children ages 6-16 of all ability levels to compete in an USAT-sanctioned triathlon. Children with disabilities ages 5-18 of all levels of ability are also able to participate alongside side their typical peers in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment where they can utilize whatever adaptive tools or buddies they may need to enable them to compete. A truly inspiring and exciting event for the athletes and spectators alike, all proceeds of the event go to the “TLC Special Needs Fund,” a fund which is used to purchase special equipment and/or items for a family with a child or adult with disabilities who is experiencing financial hardship, or whose insurance does not cover the cost of certain needed items.
The Gilbert Firm’s Jessica Salonus served on the Committee to raise sponsorship for the 2016 race. You can check out some of her pictures, or take a look at the Jackson Sun’s photos of the day. We invite you to view this video to see what a smashing success it was.
Downtown Dogs Group (Jackson, TN)
The Gilbert Firm also sponsors Downtown Dogs Group, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to the stray dogs and cats of Jackson, Tennessee, especially those overlooked by others for reasons of age, breed, temperament or health problems. These dogs and cats are provided with spaying/neutering, immunizations and vet care and ultimately, the group finds kind and loving homes for them. Downtown Dogs Group has several established fundraisers including a 5k race, the “Downtown Dogtrot,” as well as “Bone Appetit,” which is a larger scale, unique fundraiser. All funds raised go directly toward the vetting, boarding and transport of these animals.
The Jackson Symphony (Jackson, TN)
Jessica Salonus is a proud supporter of the Jackson Symphony. She sits on their Board of Directors and serves on the Audience Advancement Committee. The Symphony gives our community members access to the power of live orchestral music, a very special gift to us all, and one we should not take for granted.
Jackson Symphony musicians believe in the power of giving back, and offer a variety of community engagement activities, including the Jackson Symphony Youth Orchestra and private string instruction program, which permits open access to rehearsals so that every student in the Jackson-Madison County school system will have access to live orchestral music each season. The musicians visit and perform for children and adults with disabilities at Jackson’s Therapy and Learning Center. They offer a weekly program at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital’s Alice and Carl Kirkland Cancer Center, where they play during patients’ radiation and chemotherapy appointments. They also play for patients recovering in the hospital’s rehabilitation unit.
Best Buddies at South Gibson County High School (Medina, TN)
The Gilbert Firm, as well as Justin and Lynda Gilbert, and Lori Boyte (paralegal to the firm) and husband, George, are proud sponsors of the Best Buddies club at South Gibson County High School in Medina, TN. Best Buddies International, founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization is “dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The SGCHS chapter began in 2014, and was the first chapter of the organization in West Tennessee. It has had tremendous success in the past few years helping high school students with disabilities forge friendships and participate in traditional teenage social activities. We invite you to watch a video clip of the SGCHS “match party,” to see for yourself what an extraordinary program it truly is, or to check out the latest story about Best Buddies in The Jackson Sun.