Leave it Better Than You Found It: TLC Award Nominee Michael Freedland

Michael Freedland of Freedland Harwin Valori, PL, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, was a nominee for the 2018 Trial Lawyers Care Award and our featured trial lawyer for today!

Michael is a member of the Rotary Club of Weston and an enthusiastic leader of its scholarship fundraising efforts. Michael has been instrumental in growth of the scholarship program, expanding it from a few small scholarships at one school to today supporting three local high schools as well as the nonprofit organization HANDY (Helping, Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth). Under his leadership, the scholarship program has provided more than $1 million in scholarships.

One of the key fundraising events is the FHVLegal.com Golf Classic, sponsored by the Freedland Harwin Valori firm, which brings together more than 175 leaders in the community to address the needs of local students. In 2017, the participants raised approximately $150,000.00 which resulted in college scholarships to 50 students.

Ft. Lauderdale has one of the largest school districts in the country, containing a mix of students from affluent areas and students for whom the idea of paying for college seems like a pipe dream. These scholarships help make that dream possible.

When asked what led him to get involved, Michael stated “knowing we’re giving these students opportunity and hoping they will pay it forward and do other great things in their community makes it all worth it.”

Michael, his firm, and his family have also contributed a significant amount of money and time over the last 10 years to ensure every family in their community who needs food, clothing, or other help, receives it during the holiday season. “At the end of the day, we all want to leave the world a little better than we found it—this is my way of doing that.”

As a dedicated member of his community, Michael was recently appointed to the steering committee for the Broward Education Foundation Fund for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The steering committee will be responsible for raising additional money as well as defining the protocols for the disbursement of the proceeds to the victims.

Below are a few pictures of students being honored at recent Rotary Club scholarship award breakfasts.

 

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm in Community Outreach, General by Marie D'Avignon - RSS 2.0

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