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, 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, USF 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

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

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Blalock Walters Sponsors Tidewell Hospice Signature Luncheon Featuring Melissa Gilbert

We are proud to support of Tidewell Hospice and their mission to provide quality care to patients and families living with advanced illness, while honoring human dignity and personal choice. We sponsored their 11th Annual Signature Luncheon on February 20, 2020 at Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Melissa Gilbert, actress best known for her role as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the hit show Little House on the Prairie, was the keynote speaker.

An acting career spanning 45 plus years, Melissa has starred in over 50 television movies and feature films, including “Stand By Your Man;” “Sweet Justice,” which she also executive produced; and “Secrets and Lies.” She is the youngest person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Melissa moved behind the camera as a director and continued acting on the screen and stage. She served two terms as the 23rd President of the Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and was Vice President of the California Labor Federation.

As a children’s hospice advocate, Melissa decided to “dedicate my life to ensuring that all chronically and terminally ill children get to live and die with gentleness, dignity and the grace that they deserve.” She served as the President of the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC) beginning in 2007. In 2015, CHPCC joined The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) to develop a united voice in public policy at the state and national level. Melissa received the Humanitarian Leadership Award in 2008 from the National Hospice Foundation in recognition for her work on behalf of children facing life-limiting conditions.

Melissa has dealt with death from a very young age, losing her adoptive father in 1976 and other family members and dear friends. Due to her personal experiences, Melissa developed a strong connection and desire to help children, the most vulnerable, suffering from advanced illness, grief and bereavement.

To learn more about Tidewell Hospice, click HERE.

 

 

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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