WASHINGTON, D.C.—Laughter is one of the most powerful forces in the world—even in the face of problems that aren’t so funny, such as child poverty. That’s the spirit behind Red Nose Day 2018—and why Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys and staff are more than willing to laugh at themselves for a good cause.

On May 24, the annual Red Nose Day event takes place around the world. The charity effort originated in the UK in 1988 and came to the US in 2015. Money raised through the campaign will benefit organizations that serve needy children, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Children’s Health Fund, the Vaccine Alliance, Feeding America, Save the Children, The Global Fund and UnidosUS. The symbol of this campaign is a round, red clown’s nose, which is sold nationally at Walgreens.

Womble Bond Dickinson’s D.C. office is holding a number of wacky fundraisers on May 24, with all proceeds supporting Red Nose Day and its charities. The fun includes:

  • A “Guess the Jelly Bean” contest;
  • A pizza, hotdog and popcorn lunch;
  • Games galore! Including bingo, darts, ping-pong, water pong and corn hole;
  • A pie eating contest;
  • A burgundy bake sale and treat trolley; and
  • A Red Nose Day photo shoot.

The festivities were organized by Naima Bacquilod, Lynn Edwards-Hall, Dina Etemadi, Rebecca Jacobs Goldman, Elizabeth Lee, Maureen Murphy, Sue Murray, Beverly Myers, Karla Radtke and Russell Thomas. Money raised by the D.C. office will benefit Martha’s Table. For over 37 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports.

The Compliss Department in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Winston-Salem office joined in on the national fundraising campaign to end child poverty by wearing the “Red Noses” and making donations to United Way to help end poverty.

About one in four children under the age of 18 lives in poverty in Forsyth County.  North Carolina is ranked 37th in the nation for children living in poverty, meaning significantly more local children are living in poverty as compared to other states.

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Karla Radtke, pie eating contest winner
Karla Radtke, pie eating contest winner