Articles Posted in Community Service

BB-with-scholar-KidsIt was my pleasure to speak at the fifth grade graduation at the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School this morning.

I adopted this school on the economically challenged North Side of Fort Worth 13 years ago. I wanted to reach out to the community and support our children.

Today I donated five scholarships and have given a total of 20 to Mendoza students over the last four years.

To obtain one, students won challenging math, reading, science, writing, leadership, and music competitions. They submitted science projects, wrote essays, made speeches, balanced checkbooks, and identified musical composers.

When each winner’s name was announced, parents and family members shouted out with joy. One could feel that young lives were being changed and that their futures shone brightly.

Each winner was fitted with a cap from the school he or she wants to attend. You can see Harvard, Notre Dame, University of Texas, Texas A & M, Baylor, TCU, and University of North Texas caps in this photo.

The children’s desired fields of study were also impressive. They include environmental engineering, nursing, science, criminology, culinary arts, zoology, art, and computers.

Every year, I leave the graduation feeling that our city and our country are heading in the right place. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world, as Nelson Mandela wrote.

I wish this morning’s winners, Josie, Tiffany, Tino, John,Emily, Paula, Amy, and Marcos, and all of our students success as they continue their studies and work to achieve their goals.

Continue reading

IMG_8567Friday I spent the morning meeting with several hundred children at the Fort Worth elementary school that I adopted many years ago. 

Most unfortunately come from families with incomes that are below the federal poverty line. The idea of going to college might seem impossible. So rather than just talk about what an attorney does, for 13 years I have spent most of each class period on basics.

The most important idea I want them to remember is that they have to graduate from high school. I stress that if they don’t have a high school degree, they will probably only be able to work at low paying jobs, not pursue valuable careers. I get everybody to promise that they will graduate from high school. While they are standing up, I ask them to continue standing if they also want to go to college and no one ever sits down.

IMG_8010The Fort Worth Walk Like MADD on Saturday was a painful but hopeful morning.

There were memorials left and tributes paid to those who lost their lives or have been injured due to driving while intoxicated collisions in our area.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the only organization that fights to keep our roads safer by eliminating DWI crashes. It has helped reduce the number of drunk driving deaths by one-half since it was started in 1980 by the mother of a young woman who was crashed into by a DWI driver.

CalfOn Saturday I was proud to again sponsor the Cowtown Marathon’s exciting C.A.L.F. 15K, 5K, and one mile runs/walks and healthy foods cooking competition. It’s become one of my favorite causes as I’ve gotten older: encouraging people to be more fit and healthy.

By 6:45 a.m. school children from more than 30 schools had arrived at the Will Rogers Coliseum area and were getting ready for their events. Music was blaring and there was electricity in the air as the sun rose.  

Rufino Mendoza School Children Participate

I met up with the group of 18 students and their teachers and parents from Mendoza School who were going to walk and run said hello. This is the 13th year I have sponsored the school.

I will be going to see “my kids” this afternoon to encourage the students as they run around the school, play football, eat healthy snacks, and study in the after-school program.

Continue reading

Last week I helped the Cowtown Marathon hand out running shoes to the students at the school I adopted many years ago. It was a blast seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces, kind of like Christmas in February.

The staff goes out to 90 Fort Worth schools and community centers to give away 5,000 pairs of shoes. Kudos to the Marathon for this IMG_3948-521x1024wonderful work.

All proceeds generated by the Marathon are donated to the Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness (C.A.L.F.) program. Over $200,000 is raised to pay for these shoes, race entries to the 5K race just for children this weekend, and support for our kids. That’s amazing and possibly life-changing.

I’m proud to be a member of its council since it began in 2009 and a big supporter so when I heard that it was starting a running camp last summer, I sponsored it. I’m excited to hear that this year’s camp will reach even more children.

I strongly believe in C.A.L.F.’s mission of promoting active lifestyles for our children. And just as important, it encourages them to continue to exercise, eat health foods, and adopt good habits as they become adults. This is so badly needed.

The Cowtown Children’s 5K was named as the top kids running event in the U.S. several years ago and it’s easy to see why the Cowtown Marathon staff is so highly rated.

Continue reading

This weekend was extraordinary for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerry Jones, TCU, Dallas Cowboys fans, Lady Gaga fans, and all football fans — OK, practically everyone who lives in North Texas.

The incredible come-from-behind, first overtime game in history was riveting. And our Fort Worth and Dallas stars, Tomlinson and Jones, were inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame the night before.

What a game! We’re all still trying to figure out how

  • Brady, only a sixth round draft pick, was able to win his record fifth Super Bowl out of a record seven he’s played in,
  • The Patriots, the best team in the NFL, were blown out in the first half,
  • The team then scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game, then marched 75 yards to win the game,
  • Brady passed for 466 yards (282 in the second half),  the most in Super Bowl history,LT
  • Julian Edelman hung on to the ball to make the greatest catch in Super Bowl history,
  • The Patriots were able to score on two extra point tries, the second necessary due to a missed gimme PAT, and
  • The NFL allows the team that wins the overtime coin flip to win the game.

And how about “LT” Tomlinson who

  • Grew up in the Waco area idolizing the Dallas Cowboys,
  • Came to TCU in 1997 and turned around the struggling Horned Frogs,
  • Is ranked sixth in rushing in NCAA history,
  • Led the San Diego Chargers for nine years, gaining 13,684 rushing yards and also 4,772 yards catching the ball, and
  • Still holds the NFL record for most touchdowns scored in a season (31).

Continue reading

maddSaturday morning’s Walk Like MADD fundraiser at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden was a success.

I joined over 200 people who gathered to remember those who had tragically lost their lives or been injured in crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.  Law enforcement officers were there to show their support for this worthy cause.

My law firm was proud to again be the sponsor of the event. We have supported Mothers Against Drunk Driving for many years.

madd_1

We have to stop drunk driving. It is a serious problem in Fort Worth and all over Texas. Our state sadly leads the country in the number of people killed in traffic crashes caused by drunk drivers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the only organization that is stopping this deadly menace.

Berenson Injury Law is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD every year. My firm is also participating in the walk. I am honored that I will speak. I would like for you to join us.

Check in for the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD begins at 7:30 at the Botanic Gardens, just down the street from my office. The program begins at 9:00. The uplifting morning features a remembrance ceremony, a 5K walk, a commitment celebration, food, and music. I highly recommend this event.

You can learn more about the event and register here. And let me know you’ve registered and I’ll match your registration fee in a donation to MADD.

As a personal injury lawyer, I’m all too familiar with the devastating injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving. And I’m just as aware of how preventable drunk driving is.

Continue reading

It was a pleasure to be the sponsor of the first ever running camp in Fort Worth this summer. The kids met down the street from my office at the University of North Texas Health Science Center to run, learn about healthy lifestyles and nutrition, and have fun. Congrats to Heidi Swartz, the hard-working executive director of the marathon, and her staff for starting this excellent activity.

I asked why the children liked to run. Their responcalfses were wonderful.

Jaden, who is eight years old, said that “running makes me feel proud because I achieve my goals. It’s fun because you can race your friends while concentrate on anything I don’t understand.”

“Running makes me feel free,” Rebekah wrote. “Running makes me feel happy and I love to run for causes like cancer. My Papa died over cancer and it is upsetting. I miss him a lot and he loved to run also. I love that a lot.”

Melachi impressively noted that “running has helped me win because of my speed in different sports. I ran track and made it to the Junior Olympics in Jacksonville, Florida and placed 3rd and 7th in the nation.”

“Running means I can clear my mind, have fun and stay healthy,” Avery, age 11, observed. “Running is fun because you get to enjoy the outdoors and go FAST!!”

Continue reading

IMG_8791It was fun to again be the judge at “my school” on Monday.  Eleven years ago, I adopted Rufino Mendoza, Jr. Elementary as a community service project. The experience has been a rewarding one.

I have taken a special interest in their after-school running club with my love of running. I also donate money for college scholarships and for other needs during the year.

The Competition

The seven bright students made polished presentations about their leadership skills. I am always impressed with their poise and sincerity. The Power Point slide was this child’s talking point for How I Have Been A Leader. I’m pretty sure we never did anything like this when I was in the fifth grade in 1964.

The students had just been on a field trip to the University of Texas at Arlington and were excited about going to college. Several had decided they wanted to go there and become the first members of their families to pursue higher education.

The first child loved studying the earth and wants to be a geologist because “it sounds so fascinating.”  I enjoyed it when he said that he sometimes fails because he is not perfect — but that “he always learns from the experience.”

Continue reading

Contact Information