Guardian ad Litem advocate for youth in crisis

For some children, life is a challenging place void of parental guidance, love, and compassion. That’s why the annual “There’s No Place Like Home” gala to benefit Guardian ad Litem Florida First Coast is so important and serves such a need in our community.

The Oz-themed event held April 13 in the Duval County Courthouse’s third floor atrium raised funds to support the volunteer recruitment and training for Guardians ad Litem in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties. GAL volunteers and mentors provide strong voices in the court system for abused and neglected children, helping them transition and gain guidance throughout their young lives.

In addition to proceeds raised, The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic and Steve and Anne Pajcic were honored to give the largest single donation to date, a check in the amount of $20,000 dollars, made out to Guardian ad Litem. Anne Pajcic served as a GAL volunteer for six years and saw firsthand the important work being done for children in the community.

Honorary Chair Julia Taylor, the Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Board Chair Heather Solanka, and Presenting Sponsor Coker Law Firm were joined by guests wearing red slippers and red ties as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, champagne drawing, host bar and the swinging sounds of The Chris Thomas Band.

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