HIGHLAND PARK – The Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic celebrated its 2nd anniversary on May 11 with “A Night at the Movies.” More than 200 guests and sponsors helped raise more than $70,000 to provide access to justice for those who live or work in Highland Park and Highwood. The event was co-chaired by Highland Park residents Rita Brief and Holly Krakow.
Business owners, civic leaders and clinic supporters came together at Beelow’s Restaurant on Second Street in Highland Park for a reception followed by a Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema screening of Don’t Tell Anyone, a Peabody Award-winning documentary film directed by Mikeala Shwer focusing on immigrant activist Angy Rivera as she shares her parallel journey of coming out of the shadows as undocumented and a survivor of domestic abuse. A short discussion followed the screening.
“Since its inception, the clinic has helped over 350 people who work or live in Highland Park and Highwood stay in their homes, gain legal immigration status or escape abusive relationships,” said Executive Director Susan Shulman. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the local and greater community.”
Mayor Nancy Rotering, honorary chair of the clinic, said, “We are pleased to celebrate another year of assisting our vulnerable neighbors by improving access to justice. The Clinic is achieving its mission as our staff and volunteers reach out into the community, andcommunity, and assure those who live or work here that we are one community, today and in the future.”
Submitted by the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic, which is located at the Fire House, 1830 Green Bay Road, Highland Park. For more information visit: www.hphlegalaid.org.