Our Community Involvement
The New Albany, IN lawyers at McNeely Stephenson are committed to serving the community we share. We know how fortunate we are to be a successful part of the Southern Indiana region and we value the relationships we have built over the years. In addition to representing clients who need help with a range of legal issues, including estate and elder law, family law, personal injury, and criminal defense, we support and encourage a number of endeavors here in the heart of Kentuckiana.
The Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series
National, well-known musical acts need support, but so do local and regional musicians. McNeely Stephenson recognizes the importance of the arts here in New Albany, which is why we were proud to sponsor The Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series in June, July, and August of 2016. Our community is brimming with hard-working people who deserve a fun place to unwind after a long week. These free, after-work, family-friendly concerts took place every Friday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in downtown New Albany at the corner of Spring and Pearl streets.
What started out as a 3-day pumpkin festival put on by the Tourism Bureau of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce almost 50 years ago has evolved into the spectacular week-long event known lovingly as “Harvest Homecoming.” Run entirely by volunteers and sponsors, this festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to New Albany, whether to check out the local talent, the craft shows, the Miss Harvest Homecoming Scholarship Pageant, or the parade. This family-oriented festival brings together the beauty, talents, and history of Southern Indiana while uniting the community through music, art, and more. This event was honored by the Library of Congress Bicentennial Local Legacies Project in 2000.
Indiana Kids’ Election Program
It’s our right as citizens to have a say in our government, which is why it’s so important that children learn about the process in school. Under Indiana law, all schools in the state are required to teach children about the election process two weeks before a general election. The Indiana Kids’ Election program (IKE) includes a hands-on simulation that takes students from registration (which was required to take place prior to October 11 last year), all the way through to a mock election on November 8 when students officially cast their ballots. The idea is to get kids to pay attention and become involved in the election process at local, state, and national levels — and to eventually have a positive impact on voter turnout in Indiana. We had the unique opportunity in 2016 to be a part of the action. McNeely Stephenson attorney Dana Eberle-Peay delivered a 1-hour classroom presentation about how to make informed choices and the importance of doing so.
Dedicated to raising money for breast cancer research and general awareness, “The Power of Pink” is a Southern Indiana organization for the men and women living with breast cancer, as well as for their families. Not only does “The Power of Pink” help obtain funding for research, it reminds the community that support is never far away and brings survivors together by hosting social events. The lawyers at McNeely Stephenson enthusiastically sponsored and attended a 2016 fundraiser in support of this most important cause.
Beaux Arts Ball
Music is one of the great universal languages and one of the truest ways to join hearts and minds. The Beaux Arts Ball has been around for 19 years and includes a host bar, silent auction, live auction, a beautiful multi-course meal, and live entertainment. This black-tie event benefits VOICES of Kentuckiana, a 70-member chorus which celebrates diversity and fosters positive social change by reaching out to at-risk youth who feel isolated or otherwise alone, such as those struggling with their sexual identity or orientation. McNeely Stephenson was a proud sponsor of Beaux Arts Ball and enjoyed the great company, great food, great wine and spirits, and delightfully lively entertainment that filled the evening.
Community in Sports
Local youth sports need support, just as much (if not more) than your favorite professional athletes! We support the children of our community in their love of the game, as well as their love of their teams. Every little bit helps, so these fun-loving kids can make memories, hone their skills, and maybe one day make it in the big leagues themselves. McNeely Stephenson welcomed the chance to show our young people that the adults in their community care about what they’re doing, where they’re going, and who they want to be. Shout out to the State Little League Softball champions, as well as the Fusion Elite Softball team, a fast-pitch youth team. Thank you for the opportunity to help you soar!
McNeely Stephenson received overwhelming interest in our scholarships last year, as 146 enthusiastic applicants sought one of the two $500 awards to a college-bound high school student. Indiana has many bright, caring, young people who not only want to better themselves, but also want to make their communities — and the world — a better place. Due to last year’s success, we are excited to be able to again offer a $500 scholarship focused on community involvement and a $500 scholarship focused on personal goals, to be awarded in August 2019.
McNeely Stephenson also received 27 applications for a $1,000 college scholarship, which was awarded to Jasmine Bell. Now enrolled at the University of Texas, Ms. Bell spent time as an intern with the Progress 2050 team at the Center for American Progress and wrote a compelling article about race and the environment as it pertains to the ongoing water disaster in Flint, Michigan. Her astute observations about environmental racism provide a snapshot of not only the problems facing people of color in modern times, but also of the intellectual, creative, and compassionate minds of our youth. Best of luck to you, Ms. Bell!
A Seat on the Board
In 2016, McNeely Stephenson attorney Gary Banet served as the Chair of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Advisory Board. Formed by a few residents of Southern Indiana who thought there should be resources available to help its residents and nonprofits, this organization was established in 1991. Since then, the foundation has been an important leader in the community. The goal is for the foundation to remain a charitable steward for generations, acting as a partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in our community. They hope to build enduring resources that are used in positive ways by:
- Partnering with donors and being a resource for them, their advisers, and area nonprofits
- Helping donors fulfill their individual goals in giving back
- Establishing a fulfilling stewardship of donor gifts for future generations
- Fulfilling a leadership role on important community issues.
Who wouldn’t enjoy the sight of 30,000 plastic ducks bobbing their way down the Ohio River? McNeely Stephenson is excited to join in the fun this year for the 16th Annual Ken-Ducky Derby, a family-oriented Kentucky Derby Festival Official Event at Louisville’s Waterfront Park benefiting the programs and services of Harbor House of Louisville. Currently serving over 300 individuals with the potential to help many more, Harbor House empowers individuals with disabilities and their families to lead fulfilled and productive lives. With a goal of 500 ducks, we are pleased to be able to participate in the fundraiser for this worthy local, nonprofit charity.
Personally involved in giving back to his community, McNeely Stephenson attorney Jason Lopp has been involved with Rauch since 2006 and currently serves as the President of the Rauch Foundation. This foundation allows the Rauch, Inc. organization to handle changes in policy, funding, and client need. Founded in 1953, Rauch was the first school for children with developmental disabilities in Indiana and now directly serves over 1,000 children, adults, and families from five sites. Rauch does the important work of supporting people with disabilities and their families while also encouraging communities where the value and contribution of all people are acknowledged.
One Southern Indiana (1si)
Sometimes the best way to get things accomplished is to join forces, especially a task as ambitious as growing the regional economy of Southern Indiana. That was idea when the boards of Southern Indiana 2020, the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern Indiana Economic Development Council came together to form One Southern Indiana. Now the Lead Economic Development Organization (LEDO), and Chamber of Commerce for Clark and Floyd Counties, 1si helps businesses in the area innovate and thrive. McNeely Stephenson attorney Jason Lopp is proud to have been on the Board of Directors of this groundbreaking organization for the past four years and currently serves on the Advocacy, Board Development and Investor Relations Committees.