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Boxer & Gerson, LLP’s tradition of hosting the kickoff reception for the annual Oakland Mayor’s Toy Drive will be renewed on December 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the firm’s home offices in the Rotunda Building of the Frank G Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. The toy drive, now in its 36th year, collects toys and distributes them to underserved children in the community.
The kickoff reception has long been adopted by Boxer & Gerson and supported by the wider workers’ compensation community in Oakland. More than 30 co-sponsors now contribute to the event, which has been planned and coordinated over many months by a committee chaired by Boxer & Gerson workers’ compensation attorney Andrew Levine, assisted by former chair Maria Sager.
“Admission” to the opening reception is the same every year: either three unwrapped non-violent toys suitable for children up to age 12, or a $30 check which will be used to purchase toys on the donor’s behalf. Last year’s reception netted 23 large boxes of toys and more than $20,000 in cash, enough to land toys in the homes of more than 1,200 children in the Oakland metropolitan area. The entire drive raised $53,000 and served approximately 8,000 children.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Presiding Judge Gene Lam will be honored speakers at the event, which will feature entertainment by the Oakland Youth Chorus and the George Spencer Trio. Children are welcome free of charge, with popcorn and cotton candy made onsite among their snacking options.
Andrew Levine and Maria Sager, with toys collected from Boxer & Gerson employees prior to the reception.