Giving Back to the Community

We Stand for You, The Gainesville Area Community.

Avera & Smith is proud to be a local attorney’s office. Our history is deep rooted in North Central Florida. For the past 60 years, our family has proudly served your family. Our commitment to the local community reaches outside the courtroom. We proudly sponsor and volunteer for numerous charitable events and organizations that benefit our community.

Our Involvement

Sebastian Ferrero Foundation – 2015 Noche de Gala Event Board Member: Mark Avera

The mission of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is to advocate and fundraise for continued advancements in facilities, patient safety and innovative programs dedicated to delivering integrated pediatric care for all children and their families. The annual signature fundraising event is Noche de Gala and for the 2015 event “Kaleidoscope”, Mark and Stacy Avera served as Gainesville Co-Chairs. The Avera & Smith firm participated as a Silver Sponsor for this magnificent event with close to 1,000 attendees.

American Heart Association of Florida – Executive Committee: Managing Partner Mark Avera

The American Heath Association’s 20/20 mission is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing death by 20% by the year 2020. This means saving the lives of more than 300,000 people in 2020. Mark Avera has served on the Executive Committee for the annual Heart Ball from 2011 to 2014. The annual event is a major fund raiser for the organization.

The Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville, Florida – Board Members: Dee Dee Smith (Mrs. Rod Smith)

The Child Advocacy Center (The Center or CAC) in Gainesville provides a child friendly, safe and supportive environment for abused and neglected children. Through the Center, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, state attorneys, victim advocates, Guardians Ad Litem, and medical professionals work as a team to coordinate investigations and interventions for each child abuse case, thus expediting the child’s time in the legal system. Combining the wisdom and professional knowledge of a “multidisciplinary team” ensures that children are not re-victimized by the system and that they and their families are provided the support and services needed.

Children’s Home Society, Gainesville, FL – Board Member: Managing Partner Mark Avera

Established in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is one of Florida’s oldest private not-for-profit organizations providing services to children and families. CHS delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect, and; to find safe, loving homes for children. Every year, CHS helps improve the lives of about 100,000 children and family members.

The Gainesville Community Foundation – Former Board Member: Mark Avera

The Gainesville Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves Gainesville and the surrounding areas in North Central Florida by promoting and facilitating philanthropy. The Foundation enables donors to connect with the community’s needs and provide a permanent source of funding for local agencies and is dedicated to strengthening relationships among charitable organizations, donors, and concerned citizens who want to invest in our region’s future. The Foundation builds and preserves a permanent endowment established from the gifts of individuals and institutions.

Gainesville Fisher House Foundation – Fundraising for New Building: Avera & Smith

Avera & Smith strongly believes in supporting the men and women who have served their country in the military, many of whom have returned with debilitating illnesses or injury. A Fisher House is a “home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. There are 43 Fisher Houses located on 18 military installations and 12 medical centers worldwide. The Fisher Houses are not-for-profit organizations. With ground breaking in Spring of 2011, the Gainesville Fisher House will be located on the grounds of the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center. It will serve as a refuge to veterans, military members and their families in 52 counties in the North Florida and South Georgia service region, along with others from around the country who may come for specialty services such as the Brain Trauma Institute.

Haven Hospice of Florida – Charity Auctioneer: Partner Rod Smith

Facing a life-limiting illness can be a stressful, challenging and uncertain time. Haven Hospice is about providing palliative care to control discomfort and ensure life is lived to the maximum. Serving North Florida since 1979 and licensed as a not-for-profit hospice since 1980, Haven Hospice has been privileged to care for more than 45,000 patients and families. The organization has offices in 18 Florida counties covering more than 13,000 square miles.

Santa Fe College Foundation – Board Member: Mark Avera

The Santa Fe College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to students graduating from Alachua and Bradford Counties and all other students entering Santa Fe College. These opportunities are made available through private contributions. Eligibility requirements vary depending on the degree program and the scholarships selected. Foundation scholarships are based on financial need, scholastic achievement, or special talent, depending upon the specific scholarship criteria.