At Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe, our work outside the courtroom is equally as important as our litigation work. Our attorneys are heavily involved in our local communities and legal industry. However, what matters most is the work we do on behalf of or alongside our clients. We are your voice for change.
Remembrance Funds and Foundations
We help our clients set-up remembrance funds and foundations to ensure what happened to their loved one doesn’t happen to others in the future.
Live Like Luke Foundation
In 2014, the Bresette family established the foundation to honor their son, Luke, who suffered fatal injuries in an accident at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The foundation’s mission is to help kids and people live life to the fullest, just as Luke did every day. Through this foundation, the Bresette family will help families who have lost a child due to an accident. They will provide them with immediate emergency financial support for travel, lodging, meals, etc. Luke’s father, Ryan Bresette, described Luke as a child who believed in forgiveness – asking for forgiveness and truly forgiving others. The “Live Like Luke Foundation” hopes to make an impact on as many lives as possible through its various services. Click for more information or to donate.
The Noah Leake Scholarship Fund
Anthony and Michelle Leake home schooled their children utilizing the Christian Liberty School curriculum for many years. Their son, Noah, was scheduled to graduate from Christian Liberty at the time of his death. DB&B founded the Noah Leake Scholarship Fund through Christian Liberty Academy. It is the hope of Dollar, Burns & Becker and his parents, Tony and Michelle Leake, that this fund will assist families who also seek to honor the Lord through the Christian education of their children.
The Luke Hausmann Mission
Luke’s first mission was to Russia at the age of sixteen; by the time he was 23, he had been on missions to Cambodia and Thailand. At the time of his death, he was working on a home he refurbished to finance a mission trip to Afghanistan. Luke was determined to spread God’s word, to ease pain and suffering, to improve people’s lives, and to bring smiles to the faces of children wherever he traveled. The Luke Hausmann Mission fund was set up to honor Luke’s memory by continuing his goal of helping those being persecuted for religious reasons.
In 2001, the dismembered body of a small child was discovered in Kansas City. The tragedy captured the nation, and soon she became known to all as “Precious Doe”. Tim Dollar served as Special Prosecutor in bringing to justice those responsible for her death. Although the trial of this case has concluded, the memory of Erica Green is still alive in our community and in our hearts. The Precious Doe Committee was formed to honor the memory of Erica Green by uniting public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our children.
Maddi’s Missions was set up through the International Church of the Nazarene by the parents of Madison Peterman, Scott and Carrie Peterman. Madison had been on two missions out of the country with her parents and church group and was heavily involved in a ministry for children that included performances with puppets. Madison’s friends and family heard her say many times she wanted to keep going on missions as she grew up and wanted to teach other children about Jesus.
Bringing Back Matthew
Ed Slattery credits Akron Children’s Hospital and the outpatient therapy program through Kennedy Krieger for the progress made by his traumatically brain injured thirteen year old son, Matthew. Ed knows firsthand how much therapy is needed to help patients recover from traumatic brain injuries, and wants to ensure that everyone have the same access to therapy. He has made individual gifts to Akron Children’s and Kennedy Krieger and established a yearly amount to be held by Kennedy Krieger to be used specifically to provide therapy for those in need. Click here for more information or to donate.
Our support for local charities is more than financial. Our attorneys and staff are heavily involved in local fundraising efforts, including races, walks, and ongoing volunteer projects. A few of the organizations we’re involved and support are listed below:
Live Like Luke Foundation
Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation: the Peter & Matthew Slattery Fund
Scott Childress Memorial Fund
Boy Scouts of America: Heart of America Council
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)
Christian Liberty Academy School System: The Noah Leake Scholarship Fund
Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.)
Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City
Child Protection Center – Kansas City
Amy Thompson Run (Brain Injury Fund)
Second Harvest of Greater St. Joseph (MO)
Children’s Emergency Fund (Jackson County Family Court)
Bishop Sullivan Center
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
TeamFox for Parkinson’s Research: The Michael J. Fox Foundation
The Luke Hausmann Mission
Hope House, Inc.
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc.
American Diabetes Association
Truck Safety Coalition
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Public Citizen Foundation
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
March of Dimes
Law Foundation of the University of Missouri – Kansas City
Teen Success Club
AdHoc Group Against Crime
Joplin Family YMCA
Urban Ranger Corps
Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (The CRASH Foundation)
Foundation for Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP)
Margaret Okari Children’s Foundation
Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
New Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church
Wounded Warrior Project
Convoy of Hope
The Living Desert – Palm Springs, CA
North Kansas City Centennial Run
American Cancer Society
Missouri Trial Lawyers Care
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
Lead the Way Fund, Inc.
Big Brother Big Sisters
St. Labre Indian School – Ashland, MT
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Trolley Run for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
Hospital Hill Run
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
City Union Mission
Walk like MADD
Rolheiser Research Center – Oblate School of Theology
Midwest Special Needs Trust
Kansas City Crime Commission: SAFE
Student Law Academy
Midwest Innocence Project
Foundation for Lawyers Association of Kansas City
Heartland Alliance International
Overrun Ovarian Center
Debate Kansas City
Musical Theater Heritage
Veterans Community Project
Paulina Cooper Dot to Dot
Disabled Not Really
Single Parent Scholarship Fund at UMKC Law Foundation
Healing Strides: Survivors of Sexual Violence