The Gallop law firm of St. Louis is launching a charitable awareness and fundraising initiative called "The Year of Making a Difference" to benefit local non-profit enterprises that assist people who may be impoverished, sick, disabled, or looking for a second chance in life, including children, adults, senior citizens and military personnel.

"So far as we know, Gallop is the only law firm in St. Louis with a progressive program of this kind," said Gallop managing partner Thomas J. Campbell. "Many law firms support a variety of non-profit enterprises. Yet, it is never enough because charitable needs in our community loom large. The Year of Making a Difference is one way Gallop is trying to do more in a challenging economy."

Starting in January 2012 and throughout the year, Gallop will partner with one non-profit organization each month, except in one month where two charities that often work together will be jointly showcased. Each month, Gallop will launch a charity awareness campaign on and via additional communications.

The firm will acknowledge every new follower of Gallop's LinkedIn profile by donating one dollar to that month's participating non-profit organization. Every month, Gallop attorneys and staff also will provide volunteer support and hands-on participation in activities managed by the non-profit organizations.

"We created The Year of Making a Difference after asking ourselves, how can Gallop truly support deserving non-profit entities by increasing their profiles, performing meaningful volunteer tasks and raising money in a way that complements Gallop's business mission and makes a positive impact?" said Laura B. Callahan, Gallop director of marketing.

"We found the answer by developing this unique program. The Year of Making a Difference advances Gallop's historic commitments to supporting non-profit organizations and, also complements our firm's client-focused approach apparent in our tag line 'The Difference is Evident.' We are very excited about this new charitable initiative because it will distinguish participating non-profit organizations by boosting awareness of their service missions and, also, distinguish Gallop as a law firm dedicated to meaningful community involvement."

Gallop will be showcasing the following groups:

  • Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (;

  • Focus St. Louis (;

  • Habitat for Humanity St. Louis (;

  • KidSmart (;

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Gateway Chapter (;

  • 501Connect, Inc. (;

  • Operation Food Search (;

  • Operation Home Front (;

  • St. Louis Sports Commission Sports for Kids Program (;

  • United Cerebral Palsy Heartland (;

  • Wings of Hope (;

  • Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis (; and

  • St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired (

    "This is wonderful," said Debbie Kersting, executive director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Gateway Chapter.

    "I think Gallop's creative thinking about charitable promotions will set a new standard in St. Louis."

    Gallop will launch Year of Making a Difference on Jan. 11 with a reception at the new Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, a
    1,500 seat theater at Chaminade Preparatory College.

    All participating charities and members of their board of directors will join business, political and community leaders for mutual networking, plus a performance by the Pyrotechniq performing arts troupe.

    Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C., is a full-service law firm that provides legal services to clients in diverse industries and is one of the largest law firms headquartered in St. Louis. With more than 30 practice areas, Gallop also has offices in Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma City, Okla.

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