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Tully Rinckey PLLC Gives Dictionaries-Thesauruses to School Students

Donation Represents another Community Support Effort Funded by the Firm’s “Jeans and Sneakers” Initiative

December 19, 2013 – Syracuse, N.Y. – Tully Rinckey PLLC, in partnership with the Corporate Volunteer Council of Central New York, today literally spread the word about the benefits of reading and writing by distributing free dictionaries/thesauruses to 58 third graders at Van Duyn Elementary School. The dictionary/thesaurus giveaway was another community support effort funded by Tully Rinckey PLLC’s “Jeans and Sneakers” initiative, which since February 2010 has donated over donated $14,000 in cash or goods to upstate New York schools and nonprofit organizations.

Tully Rinckey PLLC Partner Richard H. Sargent and his wife, Jill, a retired school teacher, handed out the dictionaries/thesauruses to the third graders earlier today at the school. The Corporate Volunteer Council, a coalition of businesses, associations and organizations dedicated to promoting volunteerism regionwide, had identified Van Duyn as a school in need of these vital literacy resources. Along with practicing estate planning, real estate law and business law, Mr. Sargent serves as the vice president of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse. Literacy Volunteers is a nonprofit organization with volunteer tutors who help adults at low literacy levels improve their reading and writing skills.

Under Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Jeans and Sneakers initiative, employees are allowed to wear jeans and sneakers to the office on Fridays in exchange for a $1 donation for each apparel item. The firm matches these voluntary employee contributions dollar for dollar. Since February 2010, the firm has made monthly donations to over 30 employee-nominated organizations. Recipients include Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Syracuse, Trillium Health in Rochester, Western New York Heroes in Williamsville, City Mission of Schenectady, and the Albany Housing Coalition.

“In my business, the proverb, ‘The pen is mightier than the sword,’ rings true, and I hope Tully Rinckey’s gifts to these bright students help them realize the power of words,” said Mr. Sargent, whose entire legal career, which spans more than four decades, has been spent practicing law in Central New York.

To speak to Richard H. Sargent, or for more information about Tully Rinckey PLLC, please contact James Schlett at (315) 492-4700 or at


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