An event this Sunday, June 2, will demonstrate the strength and commitment of some Arizona lawyers.

In the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, a nine-member team of lawyers and “friends of the firm” at Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht are pedaling in a 100-mile bike ride fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. LLS is the leading nonprofit organization funding blood cancer research and helping patients and their families The ZGK team’s website states their goal is to raise at least $33,000. As of Monday, May 27, they had exceeded it (though I’ve been told they’d love to raise $50,000—hint hint).

Some members of the Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC team last year in Lake Tahoe. From L to R: Jack Dearing, Andrew Conlin, Felecia Rotellini, Jamie Burgess and Gary Zwillinger. (Dearing, Rotellini, Burgess and Zwillinger are firm attorneys.)

Some members of the Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC team last year in Lake Tahoe. From L to R: Jack Dearing, Andrew Conlin, Felecia Rotellini, Jamie Burgess and Gary Zwillinger. (Dearing, Rotellini, Burgess and Zwillinger are firm attorneys.)

The team’s story is well worth reading here.

The leader of the troupe is attorney Jamie Burgess, who lost his brother-in-law to leukemia in 2006. Since then, according to team materials, “He’s personally raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars on rides like this. He’s been recognized as one of the top fundraisers in the U.S.

Attorney Jamie Burgess of Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht

Attorney Jamie Burgess of Zwillinger, Greek and Knecht

The group has been meeting on the weekends for training rides. Those rides began at 5:30 a.m. and ended around noon.

This year’s team is comprised of six lawyers from the firm’s office (Jamie Burgess, Felecia Rotellini, Gary Zwillinger, Jack Dearing, Sara Witthoft and Andrew Breavington) and some others from outside the office (Andy Conlin, Paula Williams and Stephanie Mullins). “The team name is ‘ZGK Riders,’ named after our law firm, Zwillinger Greek & Knecht PC.”

According to spokesman Steve Clawson, “Each member of the group has a personal connection to cancer. They have been riding together on weekends since February averaging 60 to 80 miles each time. They also do individual rides during the week.”

More information on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is here.

And don’t forget you can make your own dent in the diseases without pedaling or perspiring yourself. Contribute to the team’s efforts here.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training logo

A Sept. 15, 2012 curling event will raise money for the Maricopa County Bar Association.Maybe it’s the unending Arizona heat. Or maybe it’s the curious U.S. affinity for most all things Canadian. Whatever it is, I am strongly considering taking to the ice to aid access to justice.

At an event in one month, on September 15, a select few will stroll onto an ice rink in a fundraiser for the Maricopa County Bar Foundation. And once they’re on the ice, they get to … curl.

Not up on your curling? Let Professor Wikipedia help you out. As the incredibly long and detailed “curling” entry opens:

“Curling is a sport in which players slide stones across a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings. It is related to bowls, boule and shuffleboard. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called “rocks,” across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.”

The whole entry is here.

In a heat-defeating decision, the Foundation paired with the Coyotes Curling Club, and they decided that people may like supporting access issues. But they may like it even more if they can be cool and push huge and heavy stones about on the ice.

Well, that didn’t come out quite right, but you get the point. Oddly enough, Sisyphus faced an endless struggle to push a boulder up a hill. But you may be able to lighten others’ load by putting some muscle into a granite disk.

The chilly and fun opportunity is limited to the first 50 registrants—and no skates are involved! Shall I go? Will you?

Let me know.

Here is the registration form.

More about the Maricopa County Bar Foundation is here. And show a little warmth by liking the Coyotes Curling Club on Facebook.

And here is the location, and a map:

The Ice Den

9375 East Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260