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October 25th, 2018 at 9:59 am

Gifts for the Homeless Raises Over $240,000 for D.C. Homeless at Fifteenth Annual “Banding Together” Concert

 The Unnamed Party Named Champion in Charity’s “Battle of the Bands” Competition Among Sixteen Participating Bands from the D.C. Legal Community

Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH) is excited to announce that returning champion The Unnamed Party again claimed the top prize at the 2018 Banding Together contest!  Performing on the “Esquire Stage” at the historic Black Cat, The Unnamed Party took the top honors at the 15th annual battle-of-the-law-firm-bands competition held June 14, where sixteen different bands helped raise more than $240,000 to provide clothing to the area homeless.

The Unnamed Party’s music rocked a full house at the Black Cat, alone contributing more than $40,000 to the total raised.  The band is comprised of members from law firms Fried Frank, Paul Hastings LLP, Arent Fox LLP, and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.  The Unnamed Party includes GFTH Deputy Chair V. Gerald Comizio and GFTH Board Member Tony Fabic.

Coming in first place on the “Discovery Stage” was Total B/S.  Made up of musicians from Buckley Sandler, Total B/S raised more than $6,400 to help Gifts for the Homeless provide clothing for the D.C. area homeless.

Celebrity Emcees DeMaurice “De” Smith from the NFL Players Association and Camden Walker and Jason Samenow from The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang introduced the bands and kept the crowd entertained between sets throughout the evening.  Walker, meteorologist with the Capital Weather Gang, said: “Capital Weather Gang congratulates Gifts for the Homeless on raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to help our region’s homeless population. This event is not only a highlight for our community each year, but also provides a proactive way to collect bulk winter clothes for dozens of homeless shelters to be ready for distribution come November.” 

Honorable mentions also go to the second and third place finishers on each stage.  Attractive Nuisance, with members from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, was the runner-up on the Esquire Stage, giving an incredible performance and raising more than $22,600.  In third place on the Esquire Stage was Solely in the Interest, with members from Groom Law Group and a total fundraising of more than $11,000.  On the Discovery Stage, the runner up was Redacted, with members from Finnegan, and a fundraising total of more than $3,800.  Law firm Morgan Lewis’s band, Bockius, took third place on the Discovery Stage and raised more than $2,300.

In all, Banding Together 2018 was a resounding success once again, raising $241,685 while 16 bands from throughout the D.C. legal community rocked the Black Cat’s packed crowd on June 14, 2018.  As always, 100 percent of these funds will go toward purchasing clothing and other essential items for the DC-area’s homeless population.  GFTH, a non-profit comprised mostly of DC-area legal professionals, supplies new and used clothing to over 70 homeless shelters and other organizations in the D.C. area. 

Bart Epstein, president of Gifts for the Homeless said: “It’s an honor to work with such dedicated members of the DC legal community to not only put on an incredible show, but also to raise money for a worthy cause. Our fifteenth anniversary was nothing short of amazing, and it’s humbling to see so many people come together to show off their musical talent and compassion for our region’s homeless population. With the help of the legal community, volunteers, sponsors and donors, we raised over $240,000!  We will be using every penny raised to buy warm clothing and blankets at wholesale bulk prices to meet the needs of dozens of area homeless shelters.”

GFTH wishes to thank all who made Banding Together a fun, memorable and successful night for all of the attendees.  In particular, GFTH would like to thank our 2018 sponsors:

Legends Sponsors

Barbara and Arthur Bushkin

 

 

 

Rock Royalty Sponsors

Hogan Lovells

Superstar Sponsors

Ernst & Young LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Hall of Fame Sponsors

Cooley LLP
Driven Inc.
Eversheds Sutherland
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Groom Law Group
Perkins Coie LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, PC
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Wilson-Epes Printing Inc.

Platinum Record Sponsors

Buckley Sandler LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Fried Frank
HITT Contracting Inc.
Kenealy Vaidya LLP
Morgan Lewis
Paul Hastings LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP

Gold Record Sponsors

Consilio + Advanced Discovery
Epiq
ERM
Foley & Lardner LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
The Midtown Group
Peabody Office Furniture
Ramboll Environ
rand* construction

Special Thanks

Black Cat
Bell Visuals
Capital Weather Gang
Clyde Group
Josh Weiner – Videography
Marissa Sams Events


Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH) is a non-profit corporation comprised of lawyers and staff from area law firms and other legal organizations that volunteer in their spare time and that has been serving the homeless of Washington, DC since 1986. GFTH holds a used clothing drive each December and holds a battle of the law firm bands charity concert each summer to serve area shelters and also raises money used to purchase new clothing for homeless men, women and children. Every dollar GFTH receives from the public through donations is used to purchase and distribute essential clothing for the homeless in the DC metropolitan area.

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July 6th, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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GFTH is pleased to announce that the Unnamed Party, the band comprised of members of Arent Fox, Hunton Williams, and Paul Hastings, is the 2016 Banding Together champion!!

This is the third — yes, third! — time that the Unnamed Party has taken top Banding Together honors, and they were also last year’s runner-up. Their music rocked the Black Cat, and the tens of thousands of dollars they raised for GFTH is truly incredible.

Honorable mention goes to Sutherland Comfort, the band including members of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, who, after besting the Unnamed Party and taking first-place in 2015, had yet another incredible showing and finished second this year. We hope this fierce competition continues in future events!

In all, Banding Together 2016 was again a resounding success, raising over $230,000 while 16 bands from throughout the legal community rocked the Black Cat’s packed crowd on June 23, 2016. And the hits will keep on coming, as these funds will greatly assist the DC-area’s homeless through GFTH’s purchases of essential clothing items that we will send to shelters and other homeless service providers in our area!! Numerous organizations rely upon GFTH — a non-profit comprised mostly of DC-area legal professionals and no paid staff or overhead — to supply their clothing needs.

Thank you to all who made our annual event a resounding success, and a fun and memorable night for over a thousand attendees. Check out our social media outlets accessible on the right hand side of this home page to see clips of this year’s event.

Finally, a special thanks to all of our 2016 Banding sponsors:

Superstar Sponsor ($10,000)

Ernst & Young LLP

Hall of Fame Sponsors ($5,000)

Arnold & Porter LLP
Buckley Sandler LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Cooley LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
National Law Journal/Legal Times
Paul Hastings LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Wilson-Epes Printing Co., Inc.

Platinum Record Sponsors ($2,500)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
McGuireWoods LLP
Morgan Lewis
Ropes & Gray LLP
Williams & Connolly LLP

Gold Record Sponors ($1,000)

Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn PLLC
DTI Global
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Hunton & Williams
Kilpatrick Townsend
Nuance Communication & Ricoh USA
Ramboll Environ
Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.

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April 21st, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Banding Together 2017 will be held at the Black Cat on June 22!!
 

 

 

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October 18th, 2015 at 9:23 pm

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October 11th, 2015 at 10:44 am

SUTHERLAND NAMED CHAMPION OF BANDING TOGETHER:
BATTLE OF THE LAW FIRM BANDS 2015

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Sutherland Comfort, the band of the Sutherland law firm, clinched first place and is the 2015 law firm champion of GFTH’s Banding Together 2015.  Sutherland rocks!  Here’s to Sutherland for playing great music and raising tens of thousands of dollars for GFTH to purchase and distribute essential new clothing (socks, underwear, thermals, etc.) to
shelters and other homeless services providers in the Washington, DC metro area to aid people experience homelessness.

An honorable mention goes to runner-up and last year’s champ, The Unnamed Party, comprised of law firm members of law firm members of Arent Fox, Hunton Williams and Paul Hastings.  A full listing of all top bands will be announced soon.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 was an amazing night, with more than $270,000 raised by GFTH — all will be used for essential new clothing purchases and distributions to area shelters and other organizations that serve the DC area homeless.  This is a tremendous feat since those organizations rely upon GFTH — a non-profit comprised mostly of area legal professionals and no paid staff or overhead — to supply their clothing needs.  Thank you to all who made our annual event a resounding success and a lot of fun to boot.  Check out our social media outlets accessible on the right hand side of this home page to see clips of this year’s event.

A BIG thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors (to tall generously donated sponsorship monies are used by GFTH to purchase and distribute essential new clothing to the Washington, DC metro area homeless):

Superstar ($10,000)

Hogan Lovells US LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP

Hall of Fame ($5,000)

Arnold & Porter LLP
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
National Law Journal/Legal Times
Paul Hastings LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh, P.C.
Wilson-Epes Printing Co, Inc.

Platinum Record ($2,500)

Buckley Sandler LLP
Constantine Cannon LLP
Cooley LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Williams & Connolly LLP
Gold Record ($1,000)
Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn PLLC
Hunton & Williams LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend
Jones Walker LLP
McGuire Woods LLP
Merrill Corporation
Ricoh Legal | Ricoh USA, Inc.
RPS-GaiaTech
Symantec
Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P.
Wiley Rein LLP

Rock Star ($500)

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Environmental Resources Management (ERM)
Innovative Discovery LLC
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Ramboll Environ
Thomson Reuters
Van Ness Feldman PC
Washington Express
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Promoter ($250)

Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Global Financial Analytics LLC
Henderson Legal Services
Hollingsworth LLP
Kroll Ontrack
James Kavanaugh
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
ProLegal Services
Robert Half Legal
Special Counsel Inc. and Parker + Lynch Legal
Telecommunications Law Professionals
Thompson Hine LLP
TRAK Legal

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