Fortress Law Group, LLC Raises $400 for Lake County Students’ School Supplies

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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio—Criminal Defense Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, Founder of Fortress Law Group, LLC, formerly known as The Bangerter Law Office, announces that his firm raised $400 out of a total of $7,667 raised for The Backpack Fund. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to ensure that Lake County students have access to school supplies and scholarships to support their education.

Fortress Law Group, LLC sponsored a Happy Hour Kick-Off for The Backpack Fund’s July donation drive to increase awareness and raise money to purchase school supplies and backpacks for students ahead of the 2022-2023 school year. Consequently, the organization donated 500 backpacks filled with supplies to needy students. Mia Severino, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Fortress Law Group, LLC helped distribute the backpacks on Distribution Day, August 13, 2022.

In addition to school supplies, The Backpack Fund awards an annual scholarship worth $1,000 to a deserving student. Lake County student Paige Veselko received the 2022 Emily Ringler Memorial Scholarship.


Backpack Fund Scholarship


“We’re thrilled that this year’s fundraiser was such a success,” says Severino. “I loved participating in Distribution Day and seeing the joy on students’ faces when we presented them with their backpacks. It’s an honor to give back to the community and be a part of such a worthy cause.”

Matthew C. Bangerter agrees. “Our firm is proud to be associated with The Backpack Fund, an organization that truly lives up to its mission. We look forward to watching Lake County students learn, grow, and accomplish their goals this school year. A heartfelt thank you to all who donated.”

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About Fortress Law Group, LLC

As a former Assistant Prosecutor in Lake County, Ohio, Northeast Ohio, criminal defense attorney Matthew C. Bangerter, Founder of Fortess Law Group, LLC has experience with the strategies used by prosecutors to pursue their cases. As a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Bangerter takes his profession as a Northeast Ohio criminal defense attorney seriously. He ensures that he is up to date with the latest case law and trial strategies. When you’re looking for the best Northeast Ohio criminal defense attorney, Matthew C. Bangerter is your man.

About The Backpack Fund

The Backpack Fund’s goal is to ensure kids in Lake County have access to the school supplies and scholarships they need for their education. Schools are a place for dreams to grow through creativity and learning. All students should have access to the supplies, books, and scholarships to aid them in the pursuit of their biggest dreams.

The Backpack Fund’s values are leadership, confidence, and integrity. To us, leadership is thinking for yourself, confidence is believing in yourself, and integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking. With these guiding values, we want to inspire kids to dream. Kids should never be afraid to dream. Kids are capable of anything.