Gardere’s lawyers frequently provide their time, talent and resources across the spectrum of community activities – culture and arts, civic leadership and a wide array of philanthropic initiatives.

One of the Firm’s most notable and high profile commitments is the Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. This unique event was established in 1993 in Dallas and four years later expanded to Houston, with the goal of extolling the work and teachings of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Presented in the spirit of learning and celebration, the program was designed to highlight the cultural diversity of the community, while recognizing and encouraging the writing and presentation skills of elementary school students. All finalists receive monetary gifts of varying amounts and other prizes, and each participating school receives a book on civil rights for their libraries.

The Gardere Women’s Council works to support women’s issues and related mentoring and business development efforts. The Council leads the Firm’s decade-long support of Dress for Success®, an organization which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life. During our years as the Presenting Platinum Sponsor, Gardere has raised more than $740,000 for Dress for Success and has been heavily involved in coordinating and promoting its annual “A Night Out” event, which is now a signature fundraiser for Dress for Success Houston and an annual tradition at the Firm.

Each spring, Gardere participates in the Dallas Bar Association Home Project Build Day in partnership with the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. The Firm has participated in this event since 1994, building homes for deserving families in the community and raising more than $130,000 collectively. Fundraising efforts for 2014 brought in over $23,000 – the largest donation in Firm history.

Additionally, Team Gardere has participated in the BP MS 150 for the past 15 years. Each year attorneys, clients, family members and friends make the two-day, 180-mile fundraising bicycling ride from Houston to Austin to raise funds to support multiple sclerosis research, programs and services provided by the National MS Society that benefit more than nearly 20,000 Texans in 141 counties affected by MS. A collective total of over $1.6 million has been raised by the Firm, directly benefitting cutting-edge research, programs and services that will help find a cure for MS. Team Gardere is a past recipient of the “Mission Possible” award. Other Gardere MS fundraising efforts have included the participation of the Firm's Dallas-based Gardere Gearheads team in the Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round Up Ride from Frisco to Fort Worth from 2006-2013. The Gearheads are a past recipient of the "Third Highest Fundraising Team Award."

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