I have been privileged to be a part of CIPA’s Seminar Committee for the last four years, and each year I am amazed by the great work my fellow committee members do in procuring donations from Central Illinois businesses. While some committee members are quite gifted in their ability to converse, asking for a contribution from a business owner is not an easy task for those who are not naturally outgoing.
Even more amazing is the generosity demonstrated by our local business owners and managers. Because of their commitment to our community, these business owners not only provide a myriad of gifts and financial contributions to CIPA, but they indirectly foster a spirit of teamwork within the committee. Additionally, the raffle affords our seminar attendees with a fun way to contribute to CIPA, as well as a few breaks in what might otherwise be a long, tiresome day of information overload (fortunately, our seminar speakers are always interesting!).
Individually, the raffle donations may not be very large, but collectively, they contribute to a sense of community – and sometimes a spirited competition – among our attorney and paralegal attendees.
On behalf of the Central Illinois Paralegal Association, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the local businesses who so generously provide donations for our raffle, which is held during our amazing Annual Legal Educational Seminar each September.