Springtime is a season for renewal, and this spring, Klenda Austerman renewed its commitment to several worthy causes impacting Wichita and the surrounding community.  Attorneys, staff, and their families dedicated some time away from the office to raise money for local scholarship programs, promote disease prevention and education, and support youth mentoring efforts in Sedgwick County.

Bright and early on April 6, 2013, a group from the firm participated in the 2nd Annual President’s Run to raise scholarship funds for Friends University.  The event, sponsored by the Friends University Wichita Alumni Advisory Board and the University’s Run with Friends group, featured the Falcon 5K Competitive Race, as well as the non-competitive Mascot Mile Fun Run/Walk.  Klenda Austerman co-sponsored the event and also manned a booth to provide countless bottles of water to thirsty runners crossing the finish line.  A portion of funds from each entry supported the Wichita Alumni Advisory Board Endowed Scholarship Honoring James Arbertha.

Two weeks later, a group of fourteen from Klenda Austerman laced up their bowling shoes at the 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters Law Firm Bowl to raise money for at-risk children.  This year, the firm raised $2,059 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County to assist the organization with their important work matching children with adult mentors.  The firm is proud to support a program that helps provide guidance, imparts sound values and makes a positive change in the lives of so many youth in Sedgwick County.

On April 27, bowling shoes were swapped out for walking shoes as the firm again took part in the 2013 Walk MS, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Klenda Austerman walkers raised $813 to support the National MS Society further its goal of creating a world free of MS.  Walk MS helps raise awareness about multiple sclerosis, and the event provides needed funds to advance medical research to pursue prevention, treatment and cure of the disease.

The firm rounded out the spring by getting “in gear” to promote prevention and early detection of colon cancer at the annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5k Run/Walk.  Klenda Austerman has been a sponsor of this event since its inception in Wichita.  The event has special ties to the legal community, as coordination of the Wichita event was inspired by a young attorney that is a colon cancer survivor.  The Wichita community receives a direct benefit from Get Your Rear in Gear, as 75% of funds raised at the event are utilized locally for colon cancer awareness and screening programs.

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