I’m on the board!

I’m really excited to announce that I have recently been elected to the board of directors for the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation.

The foundation was originally created in the 1990’s to provide a camp for children suffering from AIDS.

As AIDs/HIV became a more manageable disease, the need for a camp devoted solely for these patients diminished, so the foundation joined forces with Camp TLC, a group that provides a mobile camp experience to kids living in isolated circumstances such as shelters, group homes and hospitals.


“We are pleased to have recently elected Todd to the Board of Directors. Todd is primarily involved with one of the Foundation’s programs, Camp TLC (Together Living a Challenge) and has agreed to also serve as Site Coordinator for the Saratoga session of Camp, a special session that brings a week of summer camp to children of the backstretch as well as children from the local Domestic Violence Shelter. His energy and enthusiasm for Camp as well as the Foundation will be a great asset and we are all looking forward in him helping us grow the organization”

~ Caroline Baumis, Executive Director

I’m honored to be a part of this great organization and thrilled to be working on the Saratoga camp session. I’ll be posting updates on our events here.

Results of the Birthday Challenge

My birthday challenge has come to an end.

My goal was to reach 1000 likes by midnight on my birthday March 28, and I would donate $1000 to 2 local charities – the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and Camp TLC.


During the challenge, I realized that a lot of people liked the individual post rather than the fan page. So, while I only reached 702 likes (doubling my original number!), if I add on all the likes received for related posts, I exceeded my goal. I’m thrilled to be writing a check for $500 to the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center and $500 to Camp TLC.

Thank you for helping me celebrate another trip around the sun – I appreciate everyone’s support, and I am grateful for the interest in Engel Law Offices. I’ll continue to update the page with various aspects of my practice and legal stories of note.

My Birthday Challenge: Can you help me reach my goal?

On March 28, 2012 I’ll celebrate my birthday.


It’s a long standing tradition in my family for the person celebrating a birthday to give something away. We receive gifts, but we always give something as well.

This year , I want to give back to both of the communities I practice in. Syracuse and Saratoga both mean a great deal to me. The people have supported me and my law practice.  For that I am very grateful and believe it is time to give back.

Two organizations near and dear to my heart are the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, which is a non-profit organization in Syracuse dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education and Camp TLC, an on the move camping program based downstate that delivers a week of camp to children living in hospitals, group homes, and shelters across the country at no charge.

One of Camp TLC’s programs is a week long camp during the Saratoga thoroughbred race meet for kids of the backstretch employees, grooms, hotwalkers and other stable help who otherwise would not have the ability to send kids to camp for the summer.

Here is my challenge to you:

As I write this, my Facebook page sits at 391 likes. If I can reach 1000 likes by midnight on my birthday – 30 days from now – I will donate $1000, $500 to each organization.

Will you help? Please share this post.