CHARLESTON – Every year, Dinsmore & Shohl’s Charleston office holds its annual Friends of Shohl Bowl, an event that benefits West Virginia charities, and on Nov. 20 the firm raised about $9,000 as well as additional donated items.
According to the Dinsmore & Shohl’s Nov. 17 news release, the entire Charleston office is divided into four groups, and each bowling team supports a selected a charity.
“Each team contributes $250 to a grand prize pool,” the news release said. “The participants also have been raising funds and collecting supplies to benefit their charity based on each organization’s needs.”
The firm said the $1,000 grand prize is donated to the winning team’s charity, and the winning team members receive a customized bowling trophy as well.
Charities selected as beneficiaries were the Charleston Family Resource Center, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Society, the Tiger Morton Juvenile Center and the Greater Kanawha Long Term Recovery Committee. The event was held at Galaxy Lanes on MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston.
“Our Shohl Bowl is a fun team-building contest for all of us and our families,” said Charleston office managing partner Anna Dailey in the news release. “Everyone chips in donations to the chosen charities. Following some healthy competition during the bowling contest, we celebrate by making sizable donations to each organization.”
According to the firm, the Shohl Bowl has raised more than $13,000 in cash, plus substantial donations of needed supplies the past three years. This year the firm raised about $9,000, along with a collection of more than 100 clothing items, many small appliances, 20 packs of diapers and pet supplies. The items are donated to the charities according to their needs. The extra $1,000 donation went to the Charleston Family Resources Center.
“The event started a decade ago as a football game and evolved to bowling in recent years to allow more people to participate,” the firm’s news release said.
The firm has also inspired others outside of the office to contribute to the annual charity bowling event.
“Over the years we have had clients, as well as co-tenants in our building, make donations to one or more teams," Dailey said in a Nov, 22 interview with The State Journal. "The Shohl Bowl is a great opportunity for the Dinsmore Charleston office and their families to join together in giving support to our local charities.”
Dinsmore & Shohl has more than 650 attorneys with offices in 21 cities. The firm says it has provided a broad range of services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals.
The firm said it is well known for its charity events as well as pro-bono work. The firm’s website notes that the firm value the drive and that personalities and innovations that lead to great communities.
“In life, as in business, we’re proud to support efforts to make our communities better for everyone,” the website said.
The firm prides itself on how its offices have staff members and attorneys who actively contribute to the community throughout the year.