Pipella Law was once again a proud sponsor of the Fourth Annual ARBI Charity Classic in memory of Bill and Donna Lee Powers. The annual event was held on Monday, September 14th, at the packed Heritage Pointe golf course just south of Calgary. Despite earlier predictions of snow and cold weather, the day turned sunny and warm for the 216 golfers playing in this important ARBI fundraiser.
The charity tournament is organized by the ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured). Their organization is “focused on rehabilitating individuals who have survived severe brain injury and stroke.” This year’s tournament was the most successful to date, raising $160,000. The total amount raised for this worthy cause is now more than $500,000 over the past four years.
The Charity Classic is dedicated to the memory of Bill and Donna Lee Powers. Both were tragically taken from us and the tournament has carried on in their name. Debbie, Bill’s daughter, was herself a client of ARBI and Pipella Law, which represented her in her personal injury matter. Debbie suffered a brain injury many years ago, but through rehabilitation that she can now afford as a result of the settlement she received at Pipella Law, she is now leading a productive life. Debbie was exceptionally grateful the tournament continues to honour her father and stepmother.
The funding for brain injury rehab is raised through the generous sponsorships from the organization’s community partners. Pipella Law is pleased to be part of such a worthwhile cause. In addition to the sponsorships, fundraising comes from on-course activities, and both a silent and live auction. As reported by the Calgary Sun, the highlight of the auction was a custom painting of John Lennon by local artist Chris Tutty: the painting received the highest bid of $5,700.
ARBI emphasizes the message that “brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime, at any age.” The good news is that the brain can rewire itself, as demonstrated by recent research in neuroplasticity and it can teach itself to regain lost skills by taking over for damaged parts of the brain. This research highlights the importance of this very special organization that has become an essential part of the community over the past 35 years. ARBI is the only non-profit organization in Alberta providing this amazing service. Their work is only possible due to the generous contributions of their community partners, of which Pipella Law has been a dedicated sponsor of their work.
To learn more about the critical brain rehabilitation work that ARBI does please visit: www.arbi.ca.
If you have been involved in a situation that has left your brain injured and you need legal assistance to reach the road to recovery, call the personal injury lawyers in your community. Pipella Law in Calgary is here to help.