JSH Reporter Fall 2014 - Page 21

INHOUSEJSHEVENTS 021 INHOUSE JSH EVENTS Whether we’re celebrating a birthday or a holiday, helping to raise money for worthy charities, or participating in community events, JSH employees always have something fun going on. The pictures below were taken at our Indoor Company Picnic. July in Phoenix isn’t the most ideal time for an outdoor picnic, so we bring it inside! This year for the 4th of July, we celebrated with delicious BBQ food and a patriotic t-shirt contest. Congratulations to our patriotic t-shirt winners, Gwen Coon, Linda Mason and Cindy Miller! 4th of July Indoor Firm Picnic Backpack Drive for Children’s First Academy Was that a Christmas tree you may have seen in our 7th Floor lobby – in the middle of Summer? Yes it was! JSH kicked off its second annual backpack drive for Children’s First Academy in July. Each ornament on the tree represented a boy or a girl and an age range. JSH employees and lawyers selected an ornament and stuffed a backpack with age appropriate supplies such as pencils, paper, notebooks, markers, rulers, etc. The kids at Children’s First Academy are near and dear to our hearts. They mainly live in shelters, or on the street. We do special things throughout the year for these kids, but this backpack drive is one of the most important. Our goal is to help keep these kids in school, and give them what they need to excel. This year’s Christmas in July Backpack Drive was so successful that we were able to donate enough backpacks and school supplies for all 300 Children’s First Academy students! JSH’s IronMEN Coming up in November, JSH appellate associate Jon Barnes will compete alongside 3,000 other athletes in the Ironman Arizona triathlon. An Ironman triathlon is a grueling, all-day endurance event, consisting of a 2.4-mile open water swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full marathon (26.2-mile run). Jon will have until midnight to complete the 140.6-mile course, for which he has spent most of the year preparing. Everyone in the JSH family wishes Jon the best of luck! (Photo on left) JSH associate Jason Kasting completed Ironman Arizona last November in 11 hours and 57 minutes (well before the 17-hour cutoff), and continued his journey this year by completing Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, one of the most mountainous and difficult courses on the circuit, in only 12 hours and 18 minutes. Jason will also run his eleventh marathon on November 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo on right)