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Casual Fridays at Tully Rinckey PLLC Net $14,000 for Upstate Charities

November 15, 2013

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Firm’s “Jeans and Sneakers” Initiative Boosts Employee Morale and Aids the Community

Casual Fridays at Tully Rinckey PLLC Net $14,000 for Upstate Charities
Firm’s “Jeans and Sneakers” Initiative Boosts Employee Morale and Aids the Community

November 14, 2013 – Albany, N.Y. – While “casual Fridays” are boosting employee morale at many businesses throughout upstate New York, the practice is doing that at the full-service law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC and improving the community. Since adopting a dress down option under which 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 has donated over $14,000 in cash or goods primarily to local upstate organizations.

Since February 2010, the firm has made monthly donations to over 30 employee-nominated organizations. Recipients include City Mission of Schenectady, the Albany Housing Coalition, Trillium Health in Rochester, Western New York Heroes in Williamsville, Helping Hounds Dog Rescue in Syracuse, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York. The donations consisted of Tully Rinckey PLLC employees’ “Jeans and Sneakers” donations and the firm’s dollar-for-dollar matching contributions.

“We are as committed to our communities throughout upstate New York as we are to our clients. Every which way you look at it, casual Friday at Tully Rinckey is a win-win situation: employees get to end their work week in comfortable clothes and the community benefits from our employees’ donations and the firm’s matching funds,” said Greg T. Rinckey, the firm’s managing partner.

The “Jeans and Sneakers” donation total does not include Tully Rinckey PLLC’s $50,045 donation earlier this year to the Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). This nonprofit organization used the funding to purchase a 2013 Chevy Tahoe for its volunteer law enforcement officers. The SPCA donation – the firm’s largest donation ever – represented the amount of attorneys’ fees the New York State Court of Appeals awarded Tully Rinckey PLLC in the landmark case SPCA v. Mills. Additionally, since 2009 Tully Rinckey PLLC has given out free Thanksgiving turkeys and hams to Capital Region veterans; and since 2010, the firm has given free winter coats to homeless veterans in the region during the Christmas season.

Recipients of Tully Rinckey PLLC “Jeans and Sneakers” donations include the following nonprofit organizations:

1. Addiction Care Center of Albany
2. Albany Housing Coalition
3. Albany Police and Fire Foundation
4. AMC Melodies donation
5. American Heart Association
6. American Red Cross
7. Animal Legal Defense Fund
8. Arbor Hill Elementary School
9. Campus Children’s Center
10. City Mission of Schenectady
11. Colleen Bush
12. Colonie Senior Services Center
13. Down Syndrome Aim
14. Equinox Inc.
15. Family & Child Service of Schenectady
16. Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund
17. Girl Scouts
18. Helping Hounds Dog Rescue
19. Housing Visions Unlimited
20. Leadership Tech Valley
21. Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northeast NY
22. Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
23. Northeast Parent and Child
24. Out of the Pits
25. Rockwell Elementary
26. Ronald McDonald House
27. Roswell Park Foundation
28. Schenectady County SPCA
29. Seton Health Foundation
30. Special Olympics
31. St. Jude Children’s Hospital
32. The Homeless Program
33. Toys for Tots
34. Trillium Health
35. United Service Organizations
36. Western New York Heroes

To speak to Greg T. Rinckey, or for more information about Tully Rinckey PLLC, please contact James Schlett at (518) 218-7100 or at

Tully Rinckey PLLC is a multi-state law firm dedicated to providing quality legal representation and customer service to individuals, families and businesses throughout New York’s Western, Central, Finger Lakes, Capital, and Hudson Valley Regions. The team of attorneys, paralegals, and professionals helps clients in a wide range of practice areas. The firm maintains a Web site,, with additional information about its attorneys, achievements, and news stories involving the firm’s work.

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