Thank you to everyone who came out and rocked the house at PAX to support Dade Legal Aid at the Second Annual Battle of the Legal Bands! The generosity of our sponsors, partners and the participating bands helped us raise more than $20,000 for Dade Legal Aid to continue providing a safety net of legal services for families, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, foster youth, the elderly, the disabled and other vulnerable groups in our community. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers, staff and over 350 members of the legal and business community, including many distinguished members of the judiciary, who braved Calle Ocho to rock the house at PAX (Performing Arts Exchange), a unique music venue located on SW 8th Street. Guests enjoyed live music, and hors d’oeuvres from our generous food sponsors, Bagel Emporium and Collins Fish and Seafood.
This American Idol- style competition was judged by audience participation, via high-tech vote by text, and by three prominent members of the South Florida judiciary: Honorable Richard J. Suarez, Honorable Stanford Blake, and Honorable Carroll Kelly. Although the vote-by-text was extremely close, the judges pronounced THE CLICK, featuring attorney Joe Hernandez, the winning band! THE URGE, featuring attorneys Mark Meland and Fred Fein was the runner-up. Congratulations to these bands and to all of the other wonderful bands that participated: BLACKSTAR, THE FIT, and THE MOTIONS. YOU ARE ALL WINNERS IN OUR BOOK!
Blackstar with Phil Allen of Garbett, Stiphany, Allen & Roza, P.A.
The Click, with Joe Hernandez of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.
The Fit with attorney Andy Waks of Waks & Barnett
The Motions with attorneys Chuck Throckmorton of Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.
Tom Manos, Manos Alwine & Kubiliun, P.L.
Jeff Lapin, Lapin & Leichtling, LLP
The Urge with attorneys Mark Meland of Meland Russin and Budwick, P.A.
Fred Fein of Thornton, Davis & Fein, P.A.