Kisling, Nestico & Redick Sponsors Scholarship Competition
A commitment to addressing important societal issues inspires Akron personal injury law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick (KNR) to sponsor the KNR Stop Distracted Driving competition. The law firm has a reputation throughout the legal community for effective advocacy for clients, and it shows the same determination to increase the awareness of safe driving habits among younger generations. National statistics indicate that distractions to driving contribute to nearly 25 percent of traffic accidents every year. The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported texting and emailing as factors that contributed to 39 percent of fatal crashes in the state in 2017.
Offering a Chance to Win $5,000
Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s outreach to youth in the academic community offers a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship to any student who can qualify. Eligibility requires an applicant to hold United States citizenship or permanent residency and to have enrollment in or acceptance by an accredited college, university, or graduate program in the U.S. with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Candidates must possess a high level of initiative and demonstrate good character. The firm requests candidates to submit a “plan” to help alleviate the tragic distracted driving statistics, along with supporting material that confirms eligibility. Each candidate must submit a completed application form, an official or unofficial transcript from their most recent educational institution, and a letter of recommendation from an academic representative by March 31, 2020. KNR plans to notify the scholarship winner by email before April 30, 2020.
Kisling, Nestico & Redick welcomes creativity in the proposals that candidates submit. The 2019 winner created a dramatic public service announcement to show the similarities between driving with a blindfold on and driving while texting. Scholarship winner Elianna Norin’s entry, one of 400, will help defray the cost of tuition at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Josh Angelotta, senior partner at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, praised her plan for its contribution to the “awareness of the devastating impact” of distracted driving. In congratulating her, he emphasized the firm’s intention to “continue to fight against distracted driving and work for those who are victims and come together with [the] community to find solutions to this growing problem.” Anyone who wants to enter the 2020 KNR Stop Distracted Driving Scholarship can find more details by visiting the website. KNR directs the scholarship award to a recipient’s educational institution for tuition and any other education-related expenses. Recipients must submit any receipts to maintain compliance with the IRS.
Seeking Ways to Help Others
Thanks to Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s commitment to give back to the communities that it serves, the firm provides outreach to others who are in need. Since law partners Gary Kisling, Rob Nestico, and Robert Redick founded the law firm in 2005, a consistent pattern of supporting philanthropic causes has accompanied a dedication to provide superior legal representation for victims of vehicle crashes. In 11 offices across the state, more than 30 lawyers dedicate their efforts to obtaining justice for innocent victims by putting their more than 500 years of combined experience to work. Their close association with the tragic consequences of vehicle accidents gives them an inside view of the life-changing effects, and it inspires them to help others through charitable giving.
An injury from a fatal automobile crash that managing partner Nestico received at age 15 makes the issue of traffic safety a personal one for the firm. From his experience of nearly three months of hospital recovery, he learned that accidents have consequences. His injuries required surgery to implant a steel rod, but he turned the unfortunate event into decisions that changed his life. His family suffered from the aggressive tactics of insurance companies that tried to take advantage of their circumstances. Motivated to earn a juris doctor degree, Nestico graduated cum laude in the top five percent of his class. Kisling, Nestico & Redick chooses to show compassion to others who need understanding and effective representation to cope with difficult and painful challenges.
Reaching Beyond the Courtroom
A desire to make a difference inspires the Kisling, Nestico & Redick law firm to meet needs that require physical effort and financial support. Through its KNR Cares program, which started as an observation of the firm’s 12th anniversary, the Kisling, Nestico & Redick law firm provides a consistent pattern of support for philanthropic causes. Innovative projects allow the firm’s attorneys and support staff to enthusiastically contribute to worthwhile endeavors. Hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars have supported the Ronald McDonald House of Akron, the Akron Rotary Camp, campaigns to provide free books for children, and a shopping trip with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Ohio for summer essentials, among many other worthy causes.
• Meeting a Persistent Need for Food
Kisling, Nestico & Redick responded generously to the need that “one in five children in the Cleveland area” have for food. Through statistics from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the firm learned that about 83,000 children have no reliable source of free lunches when schools close for summer or holidays. The dire need inspired the KNR Cares team to choose Greenbriar Middle School in Parma as the recipient of a food supply project.
Managing partner Nestico said that the firm wanted to prevent children from wondering where their next meal would come from, and he acknowledged the successful effort by the firm to donate 60 bags filled with $1,200 worth of staples. The firm packed the bags with peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese, bread, and fruit. Working with the school district’s director of family and community engagement ensured a smooth transition of the supplies. Greenbriar serves reduced-price or free lunches to approximately half of the student body every school day. The donation boosts the efforts of the school’s compassionate teachers, who use personal funds to purchase and discreetly provide food for children who need it.
• Distributing Bicycle Helmets
Statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate that less than 20 percent of Ohio’s children wear bicycle helmets, significantly increasing the risk of head injury in the event of a crash. The KNR team responded by donating more than 500 helmets to bikers throughout Ohio, starting with the 25 that went to the lucky winners of the firm’s social media giveaway. Delighted camp goers at the YMCA of Youngstown received 300 of the attractive and protective helmets. The other 200 went to the YMCA of Toledo to complement their Safe Routes to School initiative, which encourages children to participate in active transportation.
- Sponsoring an Icy Dip
A courageous response to a challenge from the Kisling, Nestico & Redick law firm to participate in the Portage Lakes Polar Bear Jump has raised more than $138,000 since its inception in 2004. By surpassing its goal to collect $25,000, the firm gained an extra $5,000 to support the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. With only 70 swimmers in its first year, the event now attracts more than 800 as it draws attention to Ohio’s hunger problem. The facility supplies food to about 500 shelters, pantries, and charitable organizations in an eight-county area.