Preg O’Donnell Gillett was awarded the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Golden Coat Award for donating the most coats, blankets, and sleeping bags for Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) Young Adult Shelter in Seattle, WA.

WDTL golden coat


This October, WDTL issued a challenge to law firms in the Puget Sound to collect blankets and sleeping bags for ROOTS. Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) provides shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults. Over the last 5 years, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter has seen an enormous increase in the number of times homeless youth have been turned away because of a lack of space. These young people are spiraling out of the foster care system and onto the streets, fleeing abusive homes and failing to find work opportunities to survive in this tough economic climate.

Besides Preg O’Donnell & Gillett, the other firms who participated include: Wilson, Smith Cochran & Dickerson; Forsberg & Umlauf; Betts Patterson Mines; and Nicoll Black & Feig. It was a tough competition for the prize this year and Roots filled a minivan twice with bags of donated items. Roots was happy to be the recipient of the firm largess. Congrats Preg O’Donnell & Gillett and the race will be on for next year’s Golden Coat award.