DWKMRS partner Bill Ruffier has had a lifelong dedication to the Boy Scouts. In Central Florida, the Eagle Class is named each year with that of an outstanding eagle scout in our community. This individual is selected by the council leadership to honor their contributions to Scouting. This year, Bill Ruffier was selected for this honor. The Council Recognition Banquet brings together over 900 top corporate and community leaders throughout Central Florida each year to honor both the recent Class of Eagle Scouts who achieved the highest rank in Scouting and the outstanding adult Scouters for their contributions to the Scouting program with the Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver Award is the highest council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida hosted the 8th Annual GolfClassic presented by McDonald’s at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. This annual event brings together nearly 130 golfers from around the country in support of RMHCCF’s programs to keep families close to their critically ill child while they are being treated. An avid golfer, DWKMRS partner Ken McKenna has combined his passion for the sport and his compassion for families by being an active member of the Golf Committee. He was formerly the CHairman of the Board for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Watch the video below to learn more about the positive impact Ronald McDonald House has been making locally for the past 20 years. Kyler’s Ronald McDonald House Experience from RMHC of Central Florida on Vimeo. More than $160,000 was raised making this the most successful golf outing to date. I was previously board chair for RMHCCF, and have stayed involved as a Golf Committee member for this incredible organization. If you have considered making a charitable donation or volunteering locally, please support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida.
DWKMRS partner Tony Sos has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida. The position is a 2-year commitment, which began on July 1, 2016. As Chairman, Sos will lead the all-volunteer Board of Directors in providing fiduciary and legal oversight of the organization while promoting its services and raising awareness. “I am looking forward to a great term with UCP. The schools provide vital support for parents and students of all different abilities in myriad ways. I see it as my job and the Board’s job to help ensure that the support and unique services offered continue to meet the needs of the families in the schools,” said Sos. Sos has been active with UCP for over 6 years, serving on the Board of Directors and helping to fundraise for the organization. “I was hooked early on. As soon as I saw how kids of all different abilities interacted and learned from one another, I was in. It really moved me to see kids learning together and from one another like that,” noted Sos. UCP of Central Florida is a tuition-free public charter school. The school is a resource for families, children, the medical community, and referral agencies in Central Florida, providing support, education and therapy services in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. UCP operates seven campus locations for children with disabilities and developmental delays, including cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, autism, spina bifida, and speech and hearing delays. “Tony will be a great asset to our Board of Directors. His experience as an advocate for children and families makes him particularly well-suited to the role of Chairman of the Board. I have no doubt his deep concern for the students’ well-being will be first and foremost in his decision-making,” noted Dr. Ilene Wilkins, President/Chief […]
The attorneys at Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos regularly participate in charity fundraisers to help support some of the most important and necessary organizations in our community. A few weeks ago the Orange County Bar Association had its 25th Annual YLS Charity Golf Tournament at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club. It was a great day, and we hope you can join us next year! DWKMRS partner Doug Martin and associate Bill Tonelli participated in the tournament to raise money for scholarships, The Backpack Project, Inc. and Seniors First. The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) awards The YLS Scholarship, a four (4) year college scholarship, to an Orange County High School graduate or GED recipient in need of financial aid. The YLS also participates in The Backpack Project and provides needed school supplies to the students of Rock Lake Elementary School. Rock Lake is one of Central Florida’s most economically disadvantaged schools. Through the golf tournament, YLS also supports Seniors First in providing “homebound” seniors with nutritious meals. 1 in 6 seniors may not know where their next meal will come from. Seniors First offers two meal options to help older adults get the nutrition they need. These programs, Meals on Wheels and Neighborhood Lunch, provide seniors with nourished lives and a connection within their own neighborhood.
A child’s eyes are his or her window to the world. They are worth protecting. That’s why we are proud advocates of Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Every August, eye health professionals and caregivers from around the country take time to raise awareness of the importance of eye exams for children. Make Time For A Pediatric Eye Exam This Month During the month of August, eye care professionals are reminding parents that early detection is the key to lifelong eye health. The time for an exam isn’t when a problem has been noticed; it’s before the problem is apparent. Your child’s pediatrician should be conducting a basic eye exam at every appointment. This is a chance to look for changes in the eyes that could indicate a problem. Unfortunately, eye exams during a pediatric check-up may not catch everything. Parents need to be their kids’ best advocates by paying attention to how the child looks at the world. Parents can, and should, arrange eye exams with an ophthalmologist if they have any cause for concern. Regular Exams Are Important In Diagnosing Pediatric Retinoblastoma Routine exams by an ophthalmologist can unveil many benign and easily treated conditions but one disease that can be devastating for children and their families is pediatric retinoblastoma. This fast-growing eye cancer can cause blindness and in severe cases, even death. As we’ve reported before, you can look for signs of pediatric retinoblastoma through various means, which is one reason why Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month is so important. It’s a chance to get the word out that there are eye diseases out there that can and do affect children. Our children’s eye health attorney, William Ruffier, is using the month of August to raise awareness of this condition. Ruffier specializes in cases involving […]
The partners of Dellecker Wilson King McKenna Ruffier and Sos have been named to the Florida Super Lawyers list for 2016. Super Lawyers’ rigorous selection process ensures that only truly exceptional lawyers are honored. Robert Dellecker has been selected to Florida Super Lawyers for Personal Injury – General since 2007. Brian Wilson has been selected for Personal Injury – General, Professional Liability, Insurance Coverage since 2006. Samuel King has been selected for Personal Injury – General, Personal Injury – Products, Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice since 2007. Kenneth McKenna has been selected for Personal Injury – General, Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, Insurance Coverage since 2010 and was named to the Rising Stars list in 2009. William Ruffier was selected for Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury – General, Business Litigation from 2006 – 2007 and since 2009. Tony Sos has been selected for Personal Injury – General, Insurance Coverage since 2013 and was named to the Rising Stars list from 2009 – 2012. Super Lawyers, organized by Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers. Their patented selection process involves independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Lawyers enter the candidate pool through a managing partner survey, peer nomination, third-party feedback, or identification by the Super Lawyers research team. Each candidate is then evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selection one year does not guarantee selection the next year, as the selection process is repeated yearly. Blue Ribbon Panel members then evaluate candidates within their primary practice area. Based on all these results, final selections are made by Super Lawyers. Each year no more than five percent of lawyers in each state are selected to the Super Lawyers list. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers are selected to the Rising Stars list, […]