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Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association holiday party raises money for domestic violence victims

December 14, 2016 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
From left: Hon. Genine Edwards, President of the Columbian Lawyers Association Dean Delianites, President of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association Sara J. Gozo, Hon. Carolyn E. Wade, Hon. Lisa Ottley, Hon. Gary F. Marton and Hon. Sylvia Ash. Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
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The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA) held its annual holiday party on Tuesday that included a series of raffles and a toy drive to benefit the victims of domestic violence.

“We have always tried to do some good with our holiday parties,” said BWBA President Sara J. Gozo. “Not only do we get together and enjoy one another during the holidays, but we can help people in need as well, which is what this organization is all about.”

More than 100 people packed into the Brooklyn Bar Association for the party. Judges, attorneys and other members were asked to donate or solicit gifts for the raffle. All of the proceeds went toward the Safe Homes Project. People were also asked to bring unwrapped toys for the children of domestic violence victims.

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Gozo said that the group has actively tried to get as many people as possible involved in order to help make the donations bigger.

“The proceeds of this event are going to the victims of domestic violence,” she said. “What we make on the raffle goes to that. The toys we collect are going to the children of the victims. We’re trying to do some good. We do this every year.”

The BWBA will meet again next year for its regular Lunch with a Judge series that will feature Hon. Carl Landicino on Feb. 17. It will also host a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar later that day with attorney Deborah A. Scalise.

On Feb. 1, the BWBA will host Judiciary Night at the Appellate Division, Second Department and on Feb. 16 it will host its first-ever Heart Healthy Event to raise awareness about heart disease among women.

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