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24th Annual Ambulance Chase to Raise Funds for Cass Community Social Services

August 28, 2009

DETROIT (Aug. 28, 2009) - Wayne State University Law School alumni, students and friends are invited to assist a local non-profit in its effort to enhance the local community as the Wayne State University Law School Student Board of Governors (SBG) hosts the 24th annual Ambulance Chase Charity Run/Walk at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.

Every year, the American Bar Association chooses a worthy cause and encourages each ABA approved law school's students to support the cause in their local area. Profits for this year's event will once again go to Cass Community Social Services (CCSS), a Detroit-based charity dedicated to making a profound difference in the lives of those in need by providing for basic necessities, including affordable housing, promoting self-reliance, and encouraging community involvement and improvement.

"Cass Community Social Services has again proven to be a worthy cause for our continuous fund raising efforts,” said Samantha Orvis, SBG secretary and Ambulance Chase Committee co-chair. “It is times like these when the people of Detroit are experiencing economic hardships that it is especially important to contribute in any way that we can."

Added SBG President Meghan Curavo, "Cass Community Social Services provides critical assistance to our local community. SBG is honored and excited to work with this organization again and we hope to continue this wonderful partnership for years to come.”

Consisting of a 2.2 mile race (shorter for those who prefer to walk) in which participants run/walk behind an ambulance, the event pokes fun at the stereotype of the “ambulance-chasing lawyer.” Typically about 200 people run the race, with another 75-100 attending the event as spectators. All proceeds, including a $20 entrance fee, will benefit Cass Community Social Services.

“The Ambulance Chase is a very valuable tradition at the law school,” said Drew Mast, SBG student council representative and Ambulance Chase Committee co-chair. “It’s become one of the students’ favorite ways to give back to our community, and at the same time it’s an active, fun way to get together as a school.”

This year’s Chase will begin in front of the Law School, located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit. A barbeque for all participants and spectators will take place at the conclusion of the race. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and there is still time to register. Please contact Samantha Orvis at (810) 348-9465 or e-mail dz2254@wayne.edu with any additional questions. To learn more about CCSS, visit http://casscommunity.org/.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.