Joseph M. Hanna, co-chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Retail and Hospitality and Sports and Entertainment practices, is being recognized on the Inspiration Honor Roll at the celebration for the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards as someone who has created positive change and tackled unique challenges in his community. The celebration honors extraordinary individuals who demonstrate the traits of 41st-president George H.W. Bush with their integrity, empathy, respect, optimism, and conviction.
Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, is honoring Joe for his work with Bunkers in Baghdad. Joe founded the charity in 2008 to collect and ship golf equipment to our troops, veterans, and warriors around the world. To date, Bunkers in Baghdad has collected and shipped 11 million golf balls and 850,000 golf clubs to active-duty troops and recovering veterans in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries around the world. As president of Bunkers in Baghdad, Joe orchestrates the collection efforts and personally boxes and ships the golf balls and equipment. He also launched a Bunkers Buddies program that has connected the charity to thousands of school children across the U.S., who offer their support by writing letters and packing golf balls.
The second annual celebration of the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards will be livestreamed on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET.
With a national practice and industry-wide reputation for leadership, Joseph M. Hanna is consistently ranked among the top 10 attorneys based in Western New York in Business First’s annual Legal Elite, and in 2015, Joe was the youngest honoree ever to be named Lawyer of the Year in the Bar Association of Erie County’s 130-year history. Joe is also a leading voice for diversity in the legal and business communities. He is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Diversity Task Force and has held multiple leadership roles in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as well as diversity-related positions within the American Bar Association (ABA), DRI, and other organizations. Joe is also the founder and president of the charity Bunkers in Baghdad.