Our Community

For more than 90 years, Blalock Walters remains dedicated to our legacy of giving back to the communities in which we live and prosper. Our attorneys have led as presidents or chairs of many of the area’s major civic and charitable organizations including: Goodwill Industries Manasota, Goodwill Foundation, Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota Orchestra, United Way, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, and the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation.

We also serve on various Boards of cultural and educational institutions in the Manatee-Sarasota region including: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, New College of Florida and its Foundation, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly named South Florida Museum) and Realize Bradenton.

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Supporting Cheers for Charity's 3rd Annual Pearls, Polos and Ponies fundraiser

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

EasterSeals Southwest Florida Abilities Shining Luncheon. L to R - Bob Blalock, Sonya Kristie, Tony Bartirome

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Celebrating International Women's Day with community partners of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Sarasota Chamber Small Business of the Year Finalist L to R Amanda Tullidge, Matt Plummer, Jill McGarry

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Anna Maria Island Community Center's Big East fundraiser

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Attorney Will Robinson and our real estate team have been helping Manatee County Habitat for Humanity close on their homes for nearly a decade, but each time is as exciting as the first!

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Ann Breitinger Recognized as Manatee County Young Professional Business MVP - L to R: Mark Barnebey, Anne Chapman, Jill McGarry, Marisa Powers, Ann Breitinger, Amanda Tullidge, Matt Plummer, Will Robinson.

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Attorneys Mark Barnebey (far left) and Marisa Powers (far right) joined City of Palmetto officials in helping serve City staff during their Employee Appreciation Luncheon

Sisterhood for Good “Spring Sensations” Fashion Show. L to R: Jenifer Schembri, Jill McGarry, Ann Breitinger, Amanda Tullidge

Sisterhood for Good “Spring Sensations” Fashion Show. L to R: Jenifer Schembri, Jill McGarry, Ann Breitinger, Amanda Tullidge

Will Robinson delivers hot meals to seniors in need for Meals on Wheels

Robert and Emily Stroud support Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Ball

Fred Moore enjoyed supporting the Manatee High School Lacrosse Booster Club golf tournament

Fred Moore enjoyed supporting the Manatee High School Lacrosse Booster Club golf tournament

Marisa Powers appointed to Turning Points board of directors

Cheers for Charity raises money at Ponies, Polo and Pearls fundraiser. L to R: Greg DeMeuse, Kristen Ehrlich, Marisa Powers, Ann Breitiner, Anne Chapman, Amanda Tullidge

Ann Breitinger, Chair of Realize Bradenton, and her fellow board members accept a grant from Together Manatee

Ann Breitinger, Chair of Realize Bradenton, and her fellow board members accept a grant from Together Manatee

Will Robinson, Mark Barnebey and Scott Rudacille at the Early Learning Coalition fundraiser

Will Robinson, Mark Barnebey and Scott Rudacille at the Early Learning Coalition fundraiser

Jason Levy, Greg DeMeuse and Annie Breitinger at Cheers for Charity “Pearls, Polos and Ponies” event at Sarasota Polo Club

Manatee Community Foundation “Spirit of Manatee” Awards. Bottom: Jill McGarry, Jenifer Schembri. Top: Anthony Bartirome, Charles Johnson, Matthew Lapointe, Dana Gentry

BeWell, our corporate wellbeing program, hosts a Charity Toy Drive benefiting Turning Points

Annual HOB NOB, presented by Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. Jenifer Schembri

The Latest

Blalock Walters Sponsors September 11th Commemorative Events

It was a distinct honor to sponsor the 2021 Tribute to Heroes Memorial Luncheon at The Grove Restaurant in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Men and women in uniform, community leaders and public officials gathered to remember the hundreds of emergency workers who gave their lives to save others on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Attorneys Will Robinson, Taylor Falkner, Marisa Powers and Mark Barenebey, and Marketing Director Jill McGarry attended the luncheon on behalf of the firm.

An annual Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service was held at the Bradenton Riverwalk Emergency Services Memorial. Land use
and local government attorney Mark Barnebey attended the service, which is a joint effort of local fire departments, law enforcement and emergency services.

Speakers at the Tribute to Heroes observance were Bradenton Mayor Gene Brown and Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.
“Our mantra is ‘never forget,’ and this year it is also ‘restoring American patriotism,’” said Michael Williamson, division chief of the Parrish Fire District and Tribute to Heroes event co-chair.

Jill McGarry, Will Robinson, Taylor Falkner, Marisa Powers and Mark Barnebey at Tribute to Heroes memorial luncheon.

Turning Points Hosts Hats, Heels and Bow Ties Fundraiser

We were proud to support the 2019 Turning Points Hats & Heels & Bow Ties Luncheon at Grove Ballroom on May 3, 2019. Guests showed up in hats worthy of the Kentucky Derby, fancy heels, and gentleman showed off their best bow ties, including health care and...

Blalock Walters Supports We Care Manatee “Fun-Raiser”

We Care Manatee hosted their Floral-Da Fashion Show and Luncheon at The Grove in Lakewood Ranch. Blalock Walters was proud to support the event, which included beautiful fashion, lively entertainment and a floral theme. Proceeds from the event benefited We Care...

Kristen Ehrlich Volunteers for Equality Florida

Equality Florida, an organization striving to secure equality and justice for Florida’s LGBTQ community, hosted a booth at the Manatee County Pride Festival. Tax law and estate planning attorney Kristen Ehrlich volunteered her time collecting pledges and educating...

Cheers for Charity Raises Money for Local Nonprofits

Over 100 supporters attended Cheers for Charity's 2nd Annual Pearls, Polos & Ponies fundraiser at Sarasota Polo Grounds, resulting in $2,800 being raised for local nonprofits. Annie Breitinger, Amanda Tullidge, Marisa Powers, Anne Chapman and Kristen H. Ehrlich...

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