George Brett Thanks DBJ for Their Continued ALS Research Support

The Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic is Kansas City’s premiere golf outing and funds a great cause: ALS research. Charitable golfers play a round of golf at beautiful LionsGate while mingling with hometown heroes, including Tom Watson and George Brett. DBJ has supported amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research for over a decade, and after again sponsoring the Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic in 2017 received a special thank you from none other than retired third baseman and designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, George Brett.

Brett started to raise money for the Keith Worthington Chapter, now the The ALS Mid-America Chapter, during his playing career in the mid-1980s. Brett had met and befriended Worthington in the 70s and experienced firsthand the ravages of ALS as the previously very active business man went from a cane, to crutches, to a wheelchair. Brett recalls in an interview with the Star, “This is what really got me hooked on this: He [Worthington] said, ‘I know they’ll never find a cure in my lifetime. All I’ve been trying to do is help raise money for fund raising to save others.’ ” And that is what George Brett has been helping to do.

DBJ is proud to have joined George Brett, Tom Watson, and many others lucky to call Kansas City home in supporting ALS Mid-America for the past 14 years, and Grant Davis was able to attend the kick-off brunch and interview Tom Watson last year. You can also view the thank you video from Tom Watson.

Tom Watson Thanks DBJ for Their ALS Support

Since 1983, the annual George Brett Celebrity Golf Classic golf tournament, renamed in 2003 to the Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic to honor sportswriter & former editor of The Kansas City Star Joe McGuff, has raised funds to benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. Kansas City sports icons George Brett and Tom Watson have supported this Kansas City tradition for more than a decade, and this year DBJ received a special thanks from Tom Watson for their Major Sponsorship of the event and continued support.


 

Tom Watson has a close connection to the ALS community: Bruce Edwards, who was Watson’s caddie through his eight major championships, passed away from ALS symptoms in 2004. Well-known for his 39 PGA Tour Victories and his Hall of Fame Induction in 1988, Watson has been as much of an influence in the charity sphere as he was on the green. He joined forces with Caddy for Life author John Feinstein in 2005 to establish the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research and is a member of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins’ inner circle; in both, Watson continues to help lead the fight to find a cure for ALS.

DBJ has supported ALS Mid-America for the past 14 years, and Grant Davis was able to attend the kick-off brunch and interview Tom Watson last year.

DBJ Charitable Foundation Fund Supports Important Causes

DBJ believes in their ability to help the clients they represent, and they regularly win major settlements and verdicts that help those clients begin to piece their lives back together after major injuries and legal disputes.  However, DBJ doesn’t stop at only winning in the legal arena.  The firm, and its founders Grant L. Davis, Scott S. Bethune and Thomas C. Jones, equally believe that contributing time, effort and resources to worthy causes that advance the safety and education of children and the research of diseases is essential to their mission.

The DBJ Foundation was established in 2003 and since then has significantly contributed to the following institutions:

  • The Midwest Innocence Project
  • ALS Association Mid-America Chapter
  • ALS Association – Ken Worthington Chapter
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater KC
  • HNC Living Foundation
  • Horizon Academy
  • Foundation for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance
  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri
  • Kansas City Bar Foundation
  • Lifeline Outreach
  • Henning Family Foundation
  • Skywalk Memorial Foundation Fund
  • 3&2 Baseball Club of KC
  • Gilda’s Club Kansas City
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Foundation
  • Child Advocacy Services Center
  • Friends of the Kansas City Zoo
  • Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Jackson County CASA
  • St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation
  • Teach for America
  • Rose Brooks Center
  • Turning Point – The Center for Hope and Healing
  • John Wornall House Museum
  • Association for Women’s Lawyers
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Mid-America Chapter
  • LifeNet Health Foundation

DBJ Proudly Supports Operation Breakthrough

It is an honor for DBJ to contribute its time and financial resources for many amazing organizations throughout our community.  One of the most rewarding contributions the firm has made over the years has been through the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) program.  DBJ lawyers Grant L. Davis and Scott S. Bethune have volunteered their time as co-Kings of the Court for the annual Law Day program.  In addition, DBJ was recognized by Operation Breakthrough for the $10,000 donation made by the firm to support their organization.  Operation Breakthrough provides vital services and support to underserved children and families in urban Kansas City.  We are proud to support KCMBA and Operation Breakthrough in all of their efforts to make a better community for all of us.

DBJ Gift Helps UMKC Prep New Lawyers

DBJ-UMKC

Just as the UMKC School of Law laid the foundation for their legal careers, Grant Davis (J.D. ’87), Scott Bethune (J.D. ’88) and Tom Jones (J.D. ’88) are hoping their contribution to the E.E. (“Tom”) Thompson Courtroom renovation project will lay the foundation for future graduates to contribute to their alma mater.

The trio, who formed the DBJ law firm in 2001, didn’t hesitate when the Law School sought donations for the $2.3 million project. The firm’s $200,000 gift named Litigation Hall in the courtroom entrance.

“Our goal is to provide opportunities for law students who eventually go to practice, hopefully in the local community, and contribute back to the School as alumni,” Bethune says.

The updated courtroom features state-of-the-art technology, including a large-screen, rear projection video monitor equipped to display documents and video images simultaneously, and equipment to record multiple actions that can be played back, edited for classroom discussion or broadcast via the Internet.
The new courtroom is tri-functional, serving as a working courtroom complete with a jury (and, if needed, the ability to be used for mock and legally binding trials), a classroom and an auditorium for public functions. “The courtroom, built in 1979, needed to be updated and rearranged,” Bethune says. “With the renovations, the new facility will enhance UMKC’s relationship with the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District and is anticipated to renew working relationships with the Circuit Court through its use as a working courtroom.”

Some of the major technology enhancements include a contemporary audio system (recording, conferencing and presentation), video evidence presentation system (for the display of advanced visual media) camera coverage and a large rear-projection video screen. Bethune explains, “It’s more like the courtrooms practicing lawyers use, and will better prepare students. “UMKC provided us with the foundation and tools to go out and make a difference in people’s lives,” he adds, “so we’re proud to invest in the future of Kansas City’s legal community.”

DBJ Gift Completes Spence Challenge

At LAWMO’s Fifth Annual Justice For All (JFA) Luncheon in May, 2003, guest speaker Gerry Spense pledged to donate $15,000 to LAWMO, if donors contributed $30,000 in new gifts. In addition to contributing $5,000 to sponsor the JFA Luncheon, DBJ stepped forward in December 2003 with a $9,000 gift to complete the Spence challenge. Grant Davis on meeting the the challenge: “It’s so important for lawyers to give back to the community. There’s no better way than to support LAWMO in helping people who need legal assistance.” Thanks to Gerry Spence, the law firm of DBJ and over $21,000 in new gifts from supporters, LAWMO’s three-year, $1.5 million JFA campaign was given a $45,000 boost.

DB&J Supports the Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic

Davis, Bethune & Jones was proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Joe McGuff ALS Golf Classic hosted by the ALS Mid-America Chapter.

The annual ALS golf tournament originated in 1983 by former Royals player and Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett. When the tournament began it was know as The George Brett Celebrity Golf Classic. This premier tournament was renamed in honor of the great Kansas City sports writer Joe McGuff in 2003, and has continued the tradition of an exciting event designed to entertain its guests while raising much-needed funds for research and care services.

DB&J has supported ALS Mid-America for the past 13 years, and this year Grant Davis had the opportunity to attend the kick-off brunch and interview Tom Watson.

DBJ ALS Fundraiser