Category: BGS in the Community

BGS Attorney Proud Volunteer at DSTA Food Drive Event

June 12, 2019  |  BGS

Saturday June 8th was a sunny day in Duluth, perfect for day two of the Duluth Superior Transportation Association’s 6th annual event “Fill-a-Truck, Feed a Family Food & Fund Drive”.  BGS is a member of the DSTA, and BGS attorney Carole Clark Isakson volunteered at the event with Halvor Lines’ Chief Strategy Officer Carl Svendsen. Two hours of greeting shoppers at the Miller Hill Super One Foods went by pleasantly as Carole and Carl collected food and cash donations for the local food bank. Carole’s husband Steve took a turn as well, joining in the effort. Other teams of volunteers worked over the three day event at 7 locations in and around the Duluth area. Overall the event raised approximately $10,000 for the local food bank (which equates to over 28,000 meals!), and over 5500 pounds of food was loaded into Halvor Lines trailers for delivery to the food shelf. BGS is pleased to be a part of these and other efforts to improve Minnesota communities.

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BGS Attorney David Schaps Receives North Suburban Gavel Association 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

May 28, 2019  |  BGS

Local Government and Employment Attorney David Schaps was recently awarded a North Suburban Gavel Association “Volunteer of the Year” recognition at an event on May 15th at the Roseville OVAL. Dave was among ten award winners from various volunteer and non-profit groups that operate in and around the Roseville Area. Dave was specifically chosen for his significant volunteer and pro bono work with the Roseville Area Optimist Club. The purpose of the North Suburban Gavel Association, founded in 1964, is to facilitate the communication and cooperation of community organization leaders in the north suburban Ramsey County area, to keep leaders informed about community activities, and to recognize outstanding volunteers. There are currently over 20 community organizations that participate in the Association including groups such as the League of Women Voters, Friends of Roseville Parks, and local chapters of the Rotary, Lions and Optimist Clubs. The North Suburban Gavel Association has given out Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards to between 5-10 people in the Roseville community for the past 40 years. Dave was nominated for the award by fellow Optimist Board member and colleague Craig Waldron. Dave’s volunteer work included establishing the Club both legally with the State of Minnesota and growing and serving the Club’s membership, which started with twenty nine founding…

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BGS Lawyers Brave a Cold Rainy Day for the Women Run the Cities Races

May 20, 2019  |  BGS

On Sunday, May 19, despite constant rain and a hypothermia warning, several female lawyers from BGS ran or volunteered at the Twin Cities Orthopedics’ Women Run the Cities races, which start and end at Minnehaha Falls. BGS’s participation in this event is spearheaded by Attorney Tammy Schemmel, a member of MNCREW (Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women), who serves as a Head Course Marshal for the races. MNCREW established Women Run the Cities in 2007. Women Run the Cities has been voted one of the top races for women in the country, and it is the premier women’s race in all of Minnesota. The race features a 5K, 10K and 10 mile distances. Attorneys Nicole Wiebold and Jennifer Moreau led the BGS four person 5K running team, which also included Jennifer’s daughter and the teenage daughter of another BGS lawyer. Attorneys Karen Kurth and Carole Isakson volunteered as course marshals. Despite the weather it was a great morning! Many race sponsors provided rain ponchos, which were popular and offered needed protection from the soaking rain. Despite the rain and the cold, runners were in good spirits, and the hot coffee and outdoor brunch were in great demand as the runners crossed the finish line. Hats off to all the participants for showing up and…

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