Over time, the nonprofit has grown to include more than 700 attorney volunteers and 400 volunteers who aren't lawyers, Thompson said. The non-lawyers provide a range of services, including spending time with each child admitted to a shelter.
Operating on a budget of about $237,000, she said, Lawyers for Children provided more than $4.3 million in legal services last year alone. An analysis by The Executive Service Corporation of Central Oklahoma found that the nonprofit's return on investment is 1,057 percent. Each dollar given adds up to $1,057 in services.
While donations are accepted at any time, next month folks will have an opportunity to help the nonprofit's efforts while having a good time, too.
The Evening of Hope — Chips for Children event is on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner, awards and presentations to follow at 7:30 p.m. Casino gaming wraps up the night.
The event includes an open bar. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Bruce Rinehart of Rococo's Fine Restaurants.
A live auction will offer up exotic vacations and sports packages. Local celebrities will serve as dealers at gaming tables, and entertainment will include live music and the Oklahoma Showgirls.
Tickets begin at $150 and include $50 of chips or play money with which to gamble. Sponsorships are available. For more information, go to www.oklahomalawyersforchildren.camp9.org.