Olender Leads Way in Donating Legendary Football Back to UBF
Legendary malpractice attorney, Jack Olender, paid a handsome sum of $1,200 for a football with the signatures of former Redskins players, Art Monk, Larry Brown, and Charlie Taylor on it at an auction at the Washington Hilton a couple of weeks ago, but he transferred the right of the winning bid to the president and CEO of George F. Cram Co. lnc., Sammie Ellis, whose bid felt short of Olender's by a mere $50.
Olender, once the president of the Doug Williams Foundation who was not particularly enthused when the late Jack Kent Cooke traded Williams, told the Informer that the lady's bid was so close to his that he decided to allow her to buy the football even though he went on and donated his money ($1,200) to the United Black Fund (UBF).
Olender, a keen sports enthusiast who just finished serving his term as president of the Bar Association, was instrumental in launching "Heroes in Law" lectures during his tenure. The lectures honored lawyers who have distinguished themselves as champions of justice, fair-play, and democracy over the years with Johnny Cochran being one of the lawyers so honored.
Olender also has a foundation, which assists students going to college as well as those who want to become lawyers in future. The president of UBF, Wilhemina Rolark was particularly grateful to the two individuals and noted that the money would go a long way in ensuring that UBF continues in its drive to help the District's students stay off drugs and the streets to enable them realize their full potentials.