Chain | Cohn | Stiles ‘gives big’ to local nonprofits in Kern County’s giving event

May 30, 2018 | 9:49 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles ‘gives big’ to local nonprofits in Kern County’s giving event

Editor’s Note: As May 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back at Give Big Kern, our community’s day of giving that took place on May 1. Chain | Cohn | Stiles was glad to play a role in fundraising, and the law firm was able to donate to two worthy nonprofits: MADD Kern County and Bike Bakersfield. Learn more about this annual community event below. 

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It proved to be record-breaking year for Give Big Kern, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles was thrilled to play a part in the annual community giving event.

As May comes to an end, Give Big Kern officials released results for Give Big Kern 2018 and the total raised in the crowd-funding campaign came to $231,000 for 119 local nonprofits. Quite a feat, considering the inaugural Give Big Kern in 2016 raised $176,000, making this year’s campaign a record.

As part of the festivities, Chain | Cohn | Stiles donated to two worthy local causes — organizations that adhere to worthwhile missions that resonate with the law firm, and ultimately aim to make our community a safer place. For media coverage on donations, scroll to the bottom of this post.

  • The law firm donated $2,000 for Bike Bakersfield’s Project Light up the Night program, which gives out free safety helmets and bike lights in areas of Bakersfield where they are needed the most. The donation was presented to Bike Bakersfield Executive Director Jack Becker before the group’s “Bike Month Kickoff Lunch Ride.” Chain | Cohn | Stiles has partnered with Bike Bakersfield in the Project Light up the Night safety program for the past several years, and you can read more about it here.
  • And Chain | Cohn | Stiles donated $10,000 to MADD Kern County to help raise awareness of the DUI problem locally, raise funds for MADD Kern County’s educational programs and victim services, and support local victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving crashes. The donation was presented to MADD Kern County’s Victim Services Specialist Carla Pearson. The law firm is a longtime partner of MADD Kern County, and you can read more about the partnership here.

At the end of Give Big Kern, MADD Kern County raised the fourth most in all of Kern County, while Bike Bakersfield ranked No. 15. The day-long event, organized by the Kern Community Foundation, consisted of the “ringing in” of the day with Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh at the Liberty Bell downtown, a proclamation by the Kern County Board of Supervisors, and celebrations at Rusty’s Pizza and Temblor Brewing Company.

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MEDIA COVERAGE

Supporting victims of sexual assault one ‘Fog Run’ at a time

January 4, 2017 | 8:50 am


For the past 28 years, thousands of runners, families and community members have rallied around Lake Ming east of Bakersfield to support at-risk youth and Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to have supported along the way, including this year as the Bakersfield injury and accident law firm sponsors the 28th annual Fog Run, organized by the Probation Auxiliary County of Kern, a nonprofit associated with the Kern County Probation Department.

For Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the event hits home. The accident and injury attorneys at the law firm have filed several lawsuits in federal court against juvenile corrections officer on behalf of young women who were sexually abused at juvenile hall.

In addition, Chain | Cohn | Stiles for decades has supported local community causes through active events, like 5Ks and other races. In fact, the law firm is the presenting sponsor for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Kern County’s annual flagship event in Bakersfield, the Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K, which raises funds to fight drunk driving locally, and raises awareness of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

As for the Fog Run, the family-friendly 5K and 10K races take place on a beautiful scenic course overlooking beautiful mountains and lake views of Lake Ming . Medals are awarded for the top finishers in various age groups. Informational booths will also be featured on site.

The Fog Run attracts some 800 participants, making it one of the biggest fundraising events in Kern County.

“What makes the event as successful and special is the support and help (Probation Auxiliary County of Kern) receives from their volunteers and sponsors that help support PACK with their mission to supply support and services to at-risk youths,” said probation volunteer services coordinator Anita Ziegeler in The Bakersfield Californian.

Other sponsors and vendors joining Chain | Cohn | Stiles for the event include the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Bakersfield Police Department, GNC and many more.

Various raffle prizes will be awarded, and Too Fat Sandwiches is providing food for participants. Shirts with Chain | Cohn | Stiles featured prominently on the back will be given out to the first 600 registrants. Register at Ultra Signup by clicking here.

Day-of registration open at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $30. The race begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call 868-7428.

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If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault or abuse at the hands of someone in power, please contact the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles for help by calling (661) 323-4000, or visit the website chainlaw.com for more information.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles joins first-ever Bakersfield Marathon

November 2, 2016 | 9:02 am


For the first time in the history of Kern County, Bakersfield will be host to its first-ever 26-mile marathon that will run its course throughout the Greater Bakersfield area.

The Bakersfield Marathon — scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13 — will take participants throughout iconic areas of Bakersfield including Stockdale Financial District, Kern County MuseumBakersfield College, and near Chain | Cohn | Stiles in downtown Bakersfield, among other locations. In fact, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to support the Bakersfield Marathon by sponsoring a water station in downtown Bakersfield.

The marathon will also feature tons of amenities for participants, onlookers and attendees alike. Learn more about the marathon and its features below.

 

MARATHON MUST-KNOW

The marathon will begin at the California State University, Bakersfield campus, with the finish at Kern River Parkway. This USATF-certified full marathon will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

The marathon will give local runners participate in a Boston-qualifying marathon in their hometown, earning an official USA Track & Field certification. Cash and other prizes will be given to marathon, half-marathon and 5K winners, including overall and age category winners.

The full event includes:

  • Full marathon (26.2 miles), beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Half marathon (13.1 miles), beginning at 7:15 a.m.
  • 2-person half-marathon relay (13.1 miles)
  • 5K fun run (3.1 miles), beginning at 7:30 a.m.
  • Children’s quarter-mile and half-mile marathons, beginning at 10 a.m., for children ages 5 to 12 years old, and sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. All participants will receive a medal.
  • Walker friendly course (around CSUB campus)

A festival area at CSU Bakersfield for the general public will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday, with food and beer area open shortly after. A health and fitness expo and packet pick-up event will also take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

Nearly 1,000 runners from 55 cities, nine states and Canada have pre-registered for the marathon, according to a report from The Bakersfield Californian. Organizers David Milazzo and Charles Brown said they expected between 1,500 and 2,000 registrants by race day. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunner Scholarship Fund.

  • For street closures starting at 5 a.m. on race day in the Bakersfield area, click here. And to see a map of the marathon route, with street closures, click here.
  • To sign up to volunteer for the event, click here.
  • And to donate toward the cause, click here.

 

SPONSOR CHAIN | COHN | STILES

Having been in Bakersfield for more than 80 years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is one with its community. The law firm year after year donates thousands to local causes, including several races, such as the annual Fog Run and Kern County Cancer Run. For the past three years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been a key organizer and sponsor of the annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

This year, we’re proud to sponsor and be a part of the inaugural Bakersfield Marathon, and helping keep runner hydrated during the race through a sponsored water station. Also, Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ own marketing director Jorge Barrientos, with wife Carla, were featured on the marathon promotional video, “I’ll Be Running,” which you can see here.

We hope you can join in, too, to make the first Bakersfield Marathon a huge success.

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MEDIA COVERAGE

OTHER RELATED COMMUNITY EVENTS

Chain | Cohn | Stiles gives back in October for scholarships, local nonprofits, cancer fight, more

October 19, 2016 | 8:49 am


So far this month, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has taken part in and supported several local programs that raise awareness of issues in our community, and raise funds to help our neighbors in need.

They include:

  • Tips for CHiPs: California Highway Patrol hosted its seventh “Tips for CHiPs” luncheon fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Outback Steakhouse in Bakersfield, with Chain | Cohn | Stiles is serving as a gold sponsor. The fundraiser benefits the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, which helps families whose loved ones are killed in or off the line of duty. The fund is organized by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, a nonprofit that represents about 11,000 active and retired CHP officers, and is dedicated to assisting families of CHP officers. The event raised more than $31,000 this year.
  • Kern County Cancer RunUnfortunately, the Chain | Cohn | Stiles extended family knows too well the effects of cancer in our community. But we were proud to join CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness at the Kern County Cancer Run on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Yokuts Park, aimed to raise funds and awareness, and to encourage our community to support local cancer patients.

And the month of giving back isn’t over for Chain | Cohn | Stiles. Here are a few more upcoming events and programs that you can join in supporting, too, and hopefully will make a big difference in our own community:

  • CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association’s Party in the Park: Funds raised for this annual party — held Friday, Oct. 21, at the CSUB Alumni Park — go toward alumni scholarships, membership outreach, and mentoring opportunities for current CSUB students. Three Chain | Cohn | Stiles associates are alumni of CSUB: Chad Boyles, Beatriz Trejo, and Felicia Schoepfer-Altmiller. Boyles is a member of the CSUB Alumni Association Board of Directors. For more information on the event, click here.
  • Olivia’s Heart Project Heart of Gold Gala: The vision of Olivia’s Heart Project is to increase awareness and prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in children and young adults through community heart screenings, education and increased accessibility to life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The gala, which Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is sponsoring, will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Four Points Sheraton.
  • American Cancer Society’s Valley of Hope: Chain | Cohn | Stiles is serving as a “Supporting Sponsor” for this event that is aimed to finish the fight against cancer. Proceeds help local cancer patients stay well and get well, and find cures. The event is on Saturday, Oct. 22, at a private residence. For more information, click here.
  • American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walk: The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers — heart disease and stroke. The Oct. 22 event is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.
  • Steve Alvidrez Scholarship Poker Tournament: The annual poker tournament raises money for scholarships for students majoring in criminology or going into law enforcement in honor of former Kern High School District Chief of Police Steven V. Alvidrez, who was killed after being hit while on his motorcycle by a drunk driver.
  • Barbell for Boobs: Inspired by athletes everywhere, the nonprofit is dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women and men under the age of 40. Locally, athletes will come together in an exercise event on Oct. 29, at KC Crossfit.

Outside of the work we do for injured victims, through community involvement, our law firm also supports a number of local organizations. See a full list of recent contributions and community involvement here.

Kern County’s Latin culture on display at Chain | Cohn | Stiles-sponsored Latination art exhibit

August 24, 2016 | 6:00 am


Kern County is largely populated by people of Hispanic or Latin backgrounds. In fact, just last year the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed that more than half — 52.2 percent — of Kern County’s population was Hispanic. It’s no wonder our community is host to a wide array of Latin focused cultural events and activities.

And that includes at Metro Galleries, an art gallery in downtown Bakersfield that each year hosts a celebration of Latin culture through an art exhibit and competition. It’s called “Latination,” and this year will be the eighth consecutive year that the art gallery hosts annual event — from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. It’s free to attend.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Latination 8.

 

Celebration of Culture

Don Martin, owner of Metro Galleries, started Latination eight years ago as way to honor the Latino culture and community contributions, he said. Growing up in Lamont, southwest of Bakersfield, and graduating from Arvin High School, Martin said he was able to appreciate the agriculture-based community.

“I saw and experienced Latinos at work, at play and the wonderful aspects the culture has towards family,” Martin said.

And Latination has become Metro Galleries’ largest openings. Each year, more than 4,000 people of all backgrounds attend the art exhibit.

“Each year it gets bigger and better.” Martin stated. “I think Latination has become a celebration of a culture that many here, whether Latino or otherwise, enjoy and honor.”

Local art experts and community leaders serve as judges of the art competition. The opening night also features live music and food. This year will feature local band Mento Buru, with food provided by El Pueblo Restaurant.

 

Latination Law Firm

At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we believe it is important to embrace the Latin community. Many of our clients come from Hispanic and Latin backgrounds, and the law firm’s staff and lawyers reflect that of the Kern County community. In fact, it’s one of the most diverse offices in the area.

Connecting with people of all backgrounds is important in representing injured clients, and Latination 8 provides an opportunity to celebrate Latin culture and connect with audiences.

As for the Latin community, workers’ compensation lawyer Beatriz Trejo is one example of Chain | Cohn | Stiles being dedicated to serving and helping our Spanish-speaking audience. Trejo is bilingual in Spanish and can be heard regularly on La Caliente 96.9, a local Spanish radio station, answering legal questions from the listening audience. She is also involved in Latina Leaders of Kern County, a nonprofit organization determined to keep Latina women involved in our community.

You can listen to her recent radio appearances by clicking here and here.

— By Evelyn Andrade for Chain | Cohn | Stiles

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MEDIA COVERAGE

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If you or someone you know if injured in an accident, call the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at (661) 323-4000, or visit the website, chainlaw.com. Spanish-speakers who need help can visit the website, abogadosenbakersfield.com.

*Notice: Making a false or fraudulent worker’s compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five (5) years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000.00 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes underprivileged children back-to-school shopping in ‘Childspree’ for second year

August 4, 2015 | 11:11 am


The start of the 2015-16 school year for most students throughout Bakersfield and Kern County is right around the corner.

But for some underprivileged students in the San Joaquin Valley, they are not able to participate in the joys of back-to-school shopping. For those students, they are denied the opportunity to buy new clothes and school supplies at the start of each new school year.

The Bakersfield personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles partnered once again with Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield to sponsor underprivileged children in the annual “Childspree” back-to-school shopping program. The program allows sponsors to ease the mind of more than 200 local students with a morning of shopping at both Kohl’s department stores in Bakersfield, this year held on Aug. 1. Each child is also given a new backpack filled with new school supplies, along with a $100 Kohl’s gift card to buy new clothes.

Ten employees from Chain | Cohn | Stiles volunteered for this year’s Childspree, accompanying children of various ages through Kohl’s to help them choose new shoes and clothes. This was the second year in a row that Chain | Cohn | Stiles took part in the nonprofit program.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles volunteers included workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro, with his family.

“Many families in Kern County unfortunately don’t have the means to provide new clothes to their children for the new school year,” said Yoro, a partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “If we can ease the burden for at least some local children by providing them with new clothes for school, we’re happy to help. We understand that for many of them, this will be their only new clothes for the year.”

Other groups involved in Childspree include Bakersfield Rotary, CASA of Kern County, Community Connection for Child Care, California Youth Connection Kern County, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

Founded in 1928, the Active 20-30 Cub of Bakersfield is part of a national nonprofit group with the main goal of “providing young adults the opportunity for personal growth, friendship and leadership development, while improving the quality of life for the children of Kern County.” Each branch of the club raises funds for underprivileged children in their community. In addition to Childspree, the Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield hosts other community events the Christmas Experience, which provides gifts to underprivileged families throughout Kern County.

For more information on Childspree and other Active 20-30 Club programs, go to www.active2030.org. And to view other community involvement efforts by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the Community page here.

— By Jessica Magee for Chain | Cohn | Stiles

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MEDIA

Chain | Cohn | Stiles sponsors Bakersfield Crush competitive youth baseball team

January 27, 2015 | 9:47 am


For years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been a proud supporter and sponsor of youth activities and programs throughout Bakersfield and Kern County — from the Active 20-30 Club’s Children’s Shopping Spree for the underprivileged to Youth Connection, among others.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a sponsor this year for Bakersfield Crush Baseball, a new 10 and under competition club baseball team in Kern County.

Bakersfield Crush is not an instructional or recreation league, and instead, players try out for the competitive team. Though the team is competitive, coaches and staff place a special emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork and respect both on and off the field, with high expectations in place for players and parents, said Jayson Bryan, coach and organizer of Bakersfield Crush Baseball.

“Coaches, parents and players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that encourages and supports these values,” said Bryan. “Coaches and team staff will at all times have the safety and general well-being of our players in mind. Our coaches will not intimidate, embarrass, or ridicule players. Baseball is a fun game and the best baseball is played by teams that remember to have fun.”

He added: “Thanks to local supporters like Chain | Cohn | Stiles, Bakersfield Crush can provide local youth a program to compete, and grow as citizens of our community.”

The team is currently active and playing throughout Kern County, including in tournament in Taft this coming weekend. To learn more about that team, visit the Bakersfield Crush Facebook page by clicking here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles in recent years has supported other local youth baseball programs as well, including Southwest Bakersfield Baseball last year. But the firm has also supported local programs and activities through deep community involvement.

To see other Bakersfield-area programs supported by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the Community page by clicking here. And be sure visit this Blogging For Justice blog in the future to see photos of the team in action.

Bike race, sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, to roll through streets of Bakersfield

May 16, 2014 | 11:37 am


As mentioned in a previous blog post, May is National Bike Month, as well as National Bike Safety Month.

At Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we believe in bicycle safety, and several of the Bakersfield personal injury lawyers and employees at the law firm are bike enthusiasts and practice safety measures each time they hop on their bicycles. It’s also important for a community business, like ours, to support community programs and events.

Combining bike safety with community support, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is sponsoring the De VleesHuis race on Saturday, May 17, as well as the 2014 Downtown Criterium on Sunday, May 18.

Saturday’s De VleesHuis, slugged as “a road race for the strong,” will be a 30-mile loop through Bakersfield, with easy flats, a long stead climb and some puncher climbs in between the flats and back to the finish, according to even organizers. It will reach an elevation of nearly 2,500 feet. To see the route, go HERE.

The Downtown Criterium will be held on Sunday, and will feature Formula One style bike racing on Bakersfield’s city streets. The four-corner rectangle course will deliver a fun, exciting race around a downtown Bakersfield park venue. The course is .8 miles.

The family-friendly event will feature music, a kid’s race, food and “the fastest race in Kern County,” event organizers said. It is being sponsored and hosted by Bike Bakersfield, USA Cycling and, of course, Chain | Cohn | Stiles, among others.

For more on the events, visit SamBarn Promotions, which is putting on the event, or Bike Bakersfield, a local nonprofit bicycle advocacy group.

If you are planning to ride your bicycle throughout Bakersfield this weekend, please keep in mind these bicycle safety tips, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

  • Ride and drive focused, never distracted.
  • Ride and drive prepared; always expect the unexpected.
  • Put safety first; we never know when a crash will occur, regardless of skill level or age; always wear a bicycle helmet when on a bicycle and a seat belt when in a car.
  • Follow the rules of the road; a bicyclist is considered a vehicle on the road with all the rights on the roadway and responsibilities of motorized traffic.
  • Expect law enforcement officers to monitor and address unsafe behaviors between motorists and bicyclists that put bicyclists at risk.
  • Share the road; both vehicle drivers (motorist and bicyclist) should look out for one another and show mutual respect.

For more resources related to bicycle safety and what to do in case of an bicycle accident, including Frequently Asked Questions, go HERE.