We Care Initiatives & Grants

The WE CARE Fund is a part of the Nassau Bar Foundation Inc., the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association. It was founded in 1988 by then Bar Association President Stephen Gassman. WE CARE is supported through donations and fundraising efforts of the legal profession and the community-at-large. The money is disbursed through charitable grants to improve the quality of life for children, the elderly, and others in need throughout Nassau County. For further information about WE CARE grants, call Stephanie Pagano at (516) 747-4070, ext. 230 or contact via email at [email protected].

Here is a look back at all WE CARE has accomplished in 2017, with your help.
2017 Grants awarded by WE CARE include:

Christmas Dream | Hicksville Boys & Girls Club | Long Island Sled Hockey | Maurer Foundation

Additional 2017 WE CARE Grant Recipients: (a partial listing)
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services
St. Vincent de Paul RVC
Bethany House
Island Harvest
Momma’s House
Family & Children’s Association
The Safe Center
Literacy Nassau
Kamp Kiwanis
Long Beach Reach
Mercy Haven
Camp HorseAbility
Herstory Writers Workshop
Girl Scouts of Nassau County
Five Towns Community Center
Hispanic Counseling Center
Sarah Grace Foundation

In 2017, WE CARE provided 8 scholarships to deserving Nassau County High School Seniors and 3 scholarships to Law School students.

2017 WE CARE EVENTS funded by your generous support:

Children’s Festival, February 2017
Approximately 200 underserved children were invited to Domus for an afternoon of food and fun, DJ music and dancing, games, gifts and more!

Thanksgiving Basket Donations, November 2017 | Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors, November 2017
Local seniors who found themselves without close family on Thanksgiving were treated to a luncheon with all the trimmings at Domus, served by members of the Bar Association and their families. Food was provided courtesy of NCBA's in-house caterer, The Cloak Room. Two hundred Thanksgiving Baskets, each containing a complete, professionally prepared Thanksgiving meal, were distributed by WE CARE to needy families throughout Nassau County.

Other Notable WE CARE Events from 2017

Northport Theater, March 2017
WE CARE Advisory Board members, their guests, and sponsors attended brunch and a matinee performance of “Jekyll & Hyde” at the Engeman Theater in Northport.

Dressed to a Tea “At Sea”, March 2017
Dressed to a Tea “At Sea” featured a delicious buffet dinner and a fashion show, with Nassau County Court Personnel modeling the latest fashions provided by Lord & Taylor. The Raffle Room offered an extensive variety of exciting prizes, including, of course, tea pots! Donations of clothing from NCBA judges and attorneys and the community were collected and donated to local organizations, including The Prom Boutique, The INN, Bethany House, Eastern Farmworkers, and Educational & Assistance Corporation.

Diversity “Murder Mystery Night,” June 2017
WE CARE’s Diversity Committee brought together various “boutique” Bars for a night of mystery and fun, while raising money to support WE CARE projects.

WE CARE Golf & Tennis Classic, July 2017
The WE CARE Golf & Tennis Classic brought the legal and business community together for a day of golf and tennis at two of Nassau County’s premier golf clubs, followed by a gala dinner honoring prominent friends of WE CARE. Net proceeds this year were a record-breaking $300,000.

Mets vs. Yankees, August 2017/ Ducks, July 2017
Proceeds from the Mets game helped to send 100 deserving children to the Ducks game in the summer of 2017.

Night of Las Vegas Style Entertainment, October 2017
Guests enjoyed a fabulous night of games, food, entertainment and raffles while raising money for WE CARE. This is sure to become an annual event.

Gingerbread University, December 2017
Children of all ages decorate their own gingerbread houses. Upon successful completion of the course “curriculum,” which includes having fun, graduating students receive the highly desirable Degree in Gingerbreadology diploma. The proceeds are used to fund the many worthy projects of WE CARE, especially those servicing children.

Members of WE CARE also participated in community events, such as Rebuilding Together, Light the Night Walk for LLS, and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk.