Extraordinary achievement deserves recognition, and an Akron personal injury law firm has awarded $5,000 to the college-bound winner of its KNR Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship competition. Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) honors a commitment to combating distracted driving. To encourage interest in preventing the high incidence of car crashes that result from it each year, the firm sponsors an attention-getting public relations contest. With guidance from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the National Safety Council, KNR increases the awareness of dangerous habits that cause highway accidents. The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirms that texting and emailing while driving contributed to 39 percent of fatal crashes in 2017.
Drawing Attention to Distracted Driving through a Scholarship
By appealing to the younger generations, KNR hopes to create awareness of the problem and make a difference in driving behavior. The concerns that the firm expresses with a contest that awards $5,000 to a student who plans to pursue higher education find expression in the scholarship contest. Any student who holds United States citizenship or permanent residence can apply by meeting a set of qualifying requirements. Each applicant must have proof of acceptance by or enrollment at an accredited institution of higher learning in the States. Characteristics that Kisling, Nestico & Redick expects from scholarship applicants include high initiative and good character, and a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher increases the selectiveness of the competition. Anyone who meets the guidelines can apply online at any time for the 2020 KNR Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.
An aspiring graphics art student, 18-year-old Elianna Norin of Hudson, who won the 2019 scholarship put her creativity and illustrative talents into her application. She designed a public service announcement that compared texting while driving to wearing a blindfold. The award from Kisling, Nestico & Redick helps her pay her tuition at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In expressing congratulations to her, the firm’s Senior Partner Josh Angelotta praised the “awareness of the devastating impact” that distracted driving creates. With a promise to continue a fight that informs drivers of the dangers of inattention, he expressed the firm’s intention to “find solutions to this growing problem.”
Finding Ways to Help Others
The experiences that the law firm of Kisling, Nestico & Redick observe in a practice that provides injury law representation to Ohioans give them an inside look at the tragic outcomes of distracted driving. The firm has earned a reputation for seeking justice for victims of auto accidents since its founding in 2005. With 11 locations across the state and a staff of over 35 attorneys who possess more than 500 years of combined legal experience, the firm balances its commitment to legal representation with a dedication to supporting philanthropic causes.
Many charitable projects receive the compassionate support of KNR and the outreach that the firm provides in communities across the state. A deep commitment to extending the legal work that the firm does every day to help people and families leads the attorneys and staff at Kisling, Nestico & Redick to volunteer time and resources to solve problems. Every year brings another opportunity to provide financial support to a worthy organization. For the firm’s 12th anniversary, the consistent pattern of giving took on a name, KNR Cares, to respond to their desire to support for a different cause or charity with a yearlong initiative and to inspire others to do so as well. The KNR Cares About Kids campaign represents the continuation of philanthropic efforts in 2019 by focusing on influencing Ohio youth to reach their full potential. The recipients of the Kisling, Nestico & Redick outreach covers a range of needs that benefit from the attention and financial support that the law firm supports.
Feeding Hungry Children
The stunning statistics about the need to provide food security for more than “1 in 5 children” in the Cleveland area inspired Kisling, Nestico & Redick to help alleviate the situation. Approximately 83,000 children in the area that the Greater Cleveland Food Bank serves have no assurance of food when schools close. Some children do receive free school lunches, but many must go hungry when school closes for holidays, weekends or summers.
The intense need for relief motivated the KNR Cares team to take Parma’s Greenbriar Middle School as a philanthropic project. Rob Nestico, Managing Partner at Kisling, Nestico & Redick acknowledged a donation of 60 backpacks containing $1,200 worth of food just in time for spring break. Stating that children deserve a break, he said that they do not need to wonder about “their next meal.” To make sure that they have something tasty to eat during a break from a food source at school, the law firm donated favorite items of macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, bread and fruit.
The preparation for the food delivery to the Greenbriar school involved more than delivering the backpacks to appreciative children. Coordinating its efforts with the director of the family and community engagement for the school district, the firm requested assistance in arranging the delivery. The recommendation of Greenbriar as the most appropriate recipient occurred because of the free or reduced-price lunches that the school provides to about half of the students every school day. In recognition of the great need for food, Kisling, Nestico & Redick directed its philanthropy toward a school whose teachers privately stock a food pantry for discrete distribution to children who need it. The compassionate acts by KNR’s staff and attorneys show their concern for the communities that they serve outside of the courtroom. With sincere appreciation for the generosity of the law firm, the school’s principal called the gift of food “overwhelming.”
Donating Thousands to Help Others
With the recognition of the on-going needs of disadvantaged people in the communities that KNR serves, the firm donated more than $10,000 to a homeless shelter. The concerns that the firm shows for others appeared in raising $26,000 to support the Akron Rotary Camp and the Ronald McDonald House of Akron in 2018. Contributions to worthy causes include providing free books for children and spending more than 500 hours performing acts of kindness such as collecting diapers for families that need them.
Taking an Icy Plunge
With courage, determination and disregard for bodily discomfort, the law firm of Kisling, Nestico & Redick sponsored a “polar bear” team of brave souls for the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump. The event has raised $109,000 over the years, and Kisling, Nestico & Redick surpassed its $25,000 goal by $5,000. The generous achievement provides 120,000 meals for hungry people in the community. The headlong plunge into icy waters that started with 70 adventurous swimmers in 2004 supports the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The unique activity attracted more than 800 participants in 2018, raising awareness of Ohio’s hunger problem and providing support for the food bank’s food distribution to about 500 local pantries, shelters and charitable organizations in eight counties.
Part of the motivation for the staff and attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick to honor a commitment to reach out to the community to help others may stem from the life events of managing partner Rob A. Nestico. From his personal experience at age 15 when he received an injury in a serious car crash, he learned that things that happen can change lives. In the accident, a driver failed to stop at an intersection, and another driver suffered fatal injuries in the head-on collision that resulted from the crash. The accident put Nestico in the hospital for three months to recover from arm injuries and the surgery that installed a steel rod. While unfair and unjustified by any measure, the accident profoundly affected Nestico’s life and career decisions. Graduating in the top 5 percent of his class when he earned his juris doctor degree, cum laude, he responded to the challenges that life dealt him. His family suffered from the aggressiveness of insurance companies that tried to take advantage of his family’s situation, but he chose to use the experience as a motivational event in his life. Having gone through difficult and painful challenges, Nestico has a personal understanding of the circumstances that can affect people through no fault of their own. With compassion for the plight of others, Nestico and KNR continue to provide support for Ohio’s communities across the state.
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