Durham Law Firm Sponsors Habitat for Humanity Event

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“This was my first 5k and I don’t think it could have been any better. I am lucky to have a firm where community and social service events are taken so seriously and are so well-attended. Everyone seemed to enjoy the night - a great event for a great cause.”

Those were the words of Michael Shepherd, an attorney at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin who helped sponsor the Habitat for Humanity’s “Bull Moon Ride and Run.”

The Bull Moon Ride and Run is an annual nighttime fundraising event for the Habitat for Humanity. Participants can choose from the 12 mile bike ride or a 5k run/walk, but whichever path they choose ends at a party featuring live music, performers, food and beer.

This year, Habitat for Humanity’s goal for the event was to raise $50,000, which they met and surpassed according to their event website.

According to event organizer, Tammy Dorfman, all of the fundraising teams received a matching challenge from a local private foundation and all of their donations will be matched dollar for dollar. 
“We were so excited that James Scott Farrin came on board this way,” said Dorfman. “We ended up with close to 1287 participants and around 150 volunteers, in spite of the rain. This was our biggest participation to date and the total amount raised was around $75,000.”

According to Attorney and Shareholder Tara Williams, who oversees the firm’s Social Services Committee, the firm had more than 15 participants in the races and several more joined for the festivities.

“One of our firm’s goals for this year is to encourage and promote employee wellness,” said Williams. “It’s just a win-win when we can do that and support such a worthy local charity. We have been longtime admirers of the work the Habitat for Humanity does.”

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”

Lal