By Maureen Smith
JACKSON – On Saturday, June 15, Catholic Charities will honor the Brunini Law Firm at the annual Bishop’s Ball fund-raiser. The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Country Club and includes a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $85 per person.
The Brunini Law Firm was founded in Vicksburg in the late 1890s. One of the earliest founders, John B. Brunini, was a devout Catholic – the son of Italian immigrants. In the book Brunini, Grantham, Grower and Hewes, detailing the history of the firm, it was said neighbors could set their watch by when John Brunini walked to early Mass at St. Paul Parish every day. His son, Joseph Brunini, became the bishop of the Diocese of the Diocese of Jackson and so the church and the firm have always had a connection.
Today the firm has offices in Biloxi, Columbus, Jackson and Washington, D.C. It represents the diocese in many matters and many of the attorneys there support the church through work with the Catholic Foundation, Catholic Charities and parish and school work. Bishop Joseph Kopacz said he is happy to honor the firm with the award. “Because the world continues to grow more complex the rule of law becomes indispensable in safeguarding and promoting a society that is just and humane,” said the bishop, adding that the diocese is proud to partner with the firm.
“The Brunini team members are wonderful civic leaders in the community. The Good Samaritan Award recognizes organizations and individuals who serve others selflessly. We have worked with Brunini for many years and it is truly an honor to recognize them their contributions to our community through their partnerships and pro bono work,” said John Lunardini, Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities of Jackson.
Those who wish to reserve a seat at the ball should contact Julie O’Brien by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at either (601) 326-3714 or (601) 326-3758.
By Maureen Smith