Fourth Annual Lawyers for Littles Event Raises over $20,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee

Nashville-area attorneys recently organized and held the fourth annual “Lawyers for Littles” Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, helping to raise over $20,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Organized by Thomas W. Shumate IV of Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, P.L.L.C. and Laura B. Baker of The Law Offices of John Day, P.C., the bowling fundraiser took place May 9, 2013, at Hillwood Strike and Spare in West Nashville. Twenty-three teams participated in the event, representing all spheres of the legal profession, including law firms, corporate counsel, government agencies and bar associations.

Among those teams and individuals recognized for outstanding efforts in fundraising and bowling were:

Top Fundraising Team – “Strike That” – Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert

Top Fundraising Individual – Thomas W. Shumate IV – Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert

2nd Place Fundraising Individual – Michael Creath – Waller Lansden Dortsch & Davis

3rd Place Fundraising Individual – Laura B. Baker – Law Offices of John Day

Best Dressed Team – "It Takes a Village" – Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover

Most Team Spirit – “Pillsbury Powerhouse” – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Best Team Name – “Bowlable Hours" – Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Highest Team Score – “Too Legit to Split” – U.S. Department of Labor

Highest Individual Score – Jerry Sawyer – “Too Legit to Split”

Corporate sponsors for Lawyers for Littles included Thompson Reuters and LogicForce Consulting, LLC. The Nashville Predators also donated hockey memorabilia for auctioning as a contribution to the event.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is a volunteer and donor-driven organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role model. They provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. These improvements create better schools, safer neighborhoods, and help children make healthier choices.

Funds raised in events like the “Lawyers for Littles” Bowl for Kids’ Sake event are used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety and to provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. The average annual cost per child to receive one-to-one mentoring services through Big Brothers Big Sisters is $1,000. Thanks to the 2013 “Lawyers for Littles” event, 20 more children will be served this year.

For more information on how to get involved with “Lawyers for Littles,” please contact Tom Shumate ( or Laura Baker (

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