NBA Star Encouraging Cash Donations from Unclaimed Law Suits; Phoenix Sun Helping Food Bank

In the NBA, Cavs C Zydrunas Ilgauskas teams up with a Cleveland law firm to encourage our legal institutions to give money in unclaimed class action suits to charitable organizations. Then, after the jump, Suns F Louis Amundson is bagging groceries to help reduce hunger in the Phoenix area.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Cavalier: On March 16, Cleveland Cavaliers C Zydrunas Ilgauskas along with his wife, Jennifer, talked about making aggressive, effective moves on a different kind of court: the American legal system. Joining Dworken & Bernstein Co. L.P.A., a Northeast Ohio-based law firm that has already secured nearly $19 million for nonprofits, Ilgauskas asked lawyers, judges and corporations in class-action law suits to direct millions of dollars in unclaimed class action settlement money to deserving charities.

Ilgauskas: “In these tough economic times, few have been harder hit than nonprofit organizations and the people they serve. This is true not only in Cleveland, but throughout the country and around the world. Now is the time that lawyers can use their skills to give back and make a positive impact on the poor, sick and struggling in our communities” (Dworken & Bernstein).

The Good Sun: In Arizona, Lily Leung reported that Phoenix Suns F Louis Amundson “was an honorary bagger” at a Phoenix-area Trader Joe’s on March 17 “as part of a charity fundraiser to help reduce hunger in the Valley.”

Amundson “filled 10 bags in an hour to help raise $500” in the store’s Hoops Against Hunger campaign. The store “promised to donate $50” to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for every bag (Lily Leung, Arizona Republic, 3/17).