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Holiday Giving and Community Service: a Tradition at Heyl Royster


It has been a longstanding informal Heyl Royster tradition that each one of the firm’s offices organizes a community initiative or fund-raising program for the holidays. This year has been no exception, and we are proud of the role our firm plays in supporting the communities in which we work and live.

Peoria Project Santa

The Peoria office took part in Project Santa, which is sponsored by the Peoria County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee. Through the project, the office provides unwrapped gift for children in need. Emily Perkins, chair of the PCBA’s Young Lawyers Committee, gives thanks to the many sponsors, donors, and volunteers who participated in the project this year. The Peoria office also raised funds to support the South Side Mission’s Youth Department, which provides after-school childcare, family mentoring, tutoring assistance, and various other programs for at-risk youths. Through casual day donations, the Peoria office supported the Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign, and it also supported the Salvation Army by bell ringing outside of the office during December.

Dana Hughes and Emily Perkins volunteered at Peoria’s Neighborhood House to decorate Christmas cookies with kids in the community.

Springfield’s Tree of Wishes

The Springfield office hosted a tree decorating party on December 8 at Brother James Court. Brother James Court is a local intermediate care facility that offers residential, medical, and individualized services to developmentally disabled adults. This past summer, the Springfield office had such a good time working with the gentlemen of Brother James for its Earth Day initiative that they decided to come back for the holiday service project. Thanks to donations by this office, the firm was able to purchase gifts through the Trees of Wishes program for all 36 men who will be spending the holidays at the facility, as well as a cash donation through the office’s casual Friday fundraising.


Over Thanksgiving, the Edwardsville office collected 931 food items and monetary donations for the food pantry at the Community Hope Center Food in Bethalto, IL. Community Hope collects food donations and distributes them to the community. The Edwardsville office also chose three recipients of holiday casual day fundraising and in-kind donations:

  • Through the Riverbend Head Start & Family Services agency, the office sponsored a family of six by providing them with clothing, toys, gift items, household goods, personal care products, and multiple gift cards for food and gas. The children each received a clothing item with their name embroidered on the garment. The Edwardsville office also provided gift cards for other Head Start families within the six various Riverbend service offices.
  • Casual day fundraisers also generated monetary donations and gift cards for THANKS Program (To Hungry and Needy Kids), which serves more than 200 children in the greater Edwardsville community.
  • Edwardsville personnel collected donations, pet food, treats, and other supplies for Gateway Pet Guardians, which feeds, rescues, and rehabilitates homeless animals.

Chicago Culinary Care

The Chicago office held casual day and raffle-drawing fundraisers for Culinary Care, which delivers healthy meals donated by local restaurants to patients fighting cancer. Its holiday meal drive helps fund the delivery of more than 2,500 free meals for cancer patients and their families.

Champaign Office Adopts a Family

The Champaign office held casual day fundraisers to support the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program. This year, the Champaign office “adopted” a family of five – a mother, 13-year-old boy, 12-year-old boy, 9-year-old girl, and a 6-year-old girl. A detailed list of each child’s wishes was provided by the family, and every child’s wish was fulfilled. The office also provided pajamas and stockings for each child. The remainder of the funds went to a gift card that was given to the mother for family necessities.


The Rockford office decorated their lobby Christmas tree with donated items that are destined for Remedies. Remedies is the only domestic violence shelter and advocacy agency in Winnebago and Boone counties, and it serves more than 1,500 victims of domestic violence annually, roughly 20% of whom are children.

The Rockford tree was decorated with 28 coats, 66 sets of mittens, 12 scarves, 47 winter hats, and 4 sets of winter boots.

The Rockford office also bought gifts for 25 foster children through the Winnebago/Boone Foster Care Alliance 23rd annual Adopt-An-Angel Christmas Drive. The purpose of Adopt-An-Angel is to provide local foster children and children involved with child welfare services with Christmas gifts. Earlier this season, the Rockford office donated 118 pounds of food items to Rock River Valley Pantry.

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone in the firm for your support of those less fortunate during this holiday season.