Shumaker Attorneys Co-Hosting Italian Interactive Dinner For Make-A-Wish

MANATEE, Fla. — Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida is hosting a four-course interactive Dishes for Wishes dinner event on April 8 at Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch.

Attorneys Saralyn Abel Dorrill and Meghan O. Serrano, from the full-service business law firm Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP, are co-chairing Dishes for Wishes.

Proceeds from the event, which has a Bella Italiano theme, will go toward fulfilling as many wishes as possible for area children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Dishes for Wishes event is the first of its kind in Manatee County and will include a live and silent auction with numerous specialty items that capitalize on the cooking theme, including small high-end cooking appliances and fine cookware.

Each of the four courses will be paired with wine, and guests will participate in the cooking of the prepped and pre-measured ingredients at their table.

“This event is loud, fun and not stuffy at all,” Dorrill said. “You cook courses in pairs, including a flaming dessert, so you really get to know your tablemates. And the money raised at the event stays right here and funds wishes for families in the area.”

During the event, two local wish recipients and their mother will share their stories. Jenna Rose’s wish to go on a Disney cruise with her family came true two years ago. Her sister Jordan’s wish to have a dolphin encounter was made possible by Make-a-Wish of Central and Northern Florida as well.

Tickets for Dishes for Wishes are $150. They can be purchased at

About Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 245 lawyers and five offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services. Whether it's commitment to clients or work in the community, involvement lies at the core of all of Shumaker’s initiatives.

About Make-A-Wish

Every 38 minutes, Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida grants 285 wishes throughout 54 counties, and the Sarasota Region of Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida serves Charlotte, Desoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota counties. Through the wish process, Make-A-Wish is able to positively affect a child’s life and attitude towards medical treatment. A wish fulfilled has the power to work miracles.

About Saralyn Abel Dorrill

Saralyn Abel Dorrill is Board Certified in Real Estate Law. Dorrill’s practice includes extensive involvement in all facets of real property transactions. She focuses on the acquisition, development, construction and financing of commercial, resort and residential real estate and planned developments and title insurance. Dorrill represents institutional and private lenders, creditors, commercial, resort, condominium and residential developers and commercial and residential sellers and purchasers. She also services clients in corporate, tax, estate planning and litigation matters involving real estate.

About Meghan O. Serrano

Meghan O. Serrano focuses her practice on all phases of civil and business litigation, including performing and analyzing discovery, drafting motions, attending mediations, hearings, and motion sessions, conducting witness depositions, and preparing for trial and appellate proceedings. Serrano devotes her practice primarily to real property litigation and has extensive experience representing lenders in title claims, foreclosures, deficiencies, workouts and REO matters; representing landlords regarding lease issues, tenant disputes and eviction actions; and representing investors with respect to acquisitions of defaulted loans and loan portfolios. 

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