Bell, Davis & Pitt believes it's important to give back to the Winston-Salem community.
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Merritt Vale knows a little something about the importance of helping your community.
The energetic president and CEO of the Winston-Salem Symphony — celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022 — says the Bell, Davis & Pitt law firm’s continuing role as a season presenting sponsor for the orchestra exemplifies the very definition of commitment to community — one of shared interests, shared goals and the feeling of fellowship with others.
Since opening its doors in 1980, Bell, Davis & Pitt has established a highly respected premier law firm with locations in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina, whose trusted attorneys offer deep experience across diverse practice areas including: litigation; business law; family law; wills, trusts and estates; tax law; and intellectual property law.
The practice is proud to still serve some of its original clients and continues to work with a vast array of others, from small entrepreneurial startups to large Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries including health care, software, higher education, food service, construction, and the textile and apparel industry.
Founders Frank M. Bell Jr., William K. Davis and Walter “Wrennie” Pitt Jr. have built the company on a bedrock of honesty, hard work and an unwavering dedication to the well-being of its clients, the profession and the Winston-Salem community.
Giving back to their neighbors is a hallmark of the business and, in addition to being a partner with the symphony, the firm supports the work of the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina and other nonprofits.
“The firm’s support of the symphony’s Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth, or P.L.A.Y. music program, helps provide free instrumental instruction, literacy enhancement, self-esteem building, appreciation of diverse cultures and much more for underserved students,” Merritt explains.
When primary school-aged children start the program, they are given a sturdy cardboard violin. Upon completion, the pint-sized players are presented a child’s violin, which is often followed by ear-to-ear smiles.
One mother, whose nonverbal child participated in P.L.A.Y., says, “My son literally found his voice through his violin.”
Bell, Davis & Pitt’s role in the annual Mistletoe Run (half marathon, 5K and fun run) — the Y’s largest fundraiser and a tradition in Winston-Salem for more than four decades — helps provide scholarships and youth programming for before- and after-school care, swim lessons, youth sports, summer camps and more.
The law firm’s involvement as a presenting sponsor “is important because it helps elevate our visibility in the community,” says Richard V. Daniels Sr., executive director of the William G. White Jr. Family YMCA.
“They provide volunteers to assist with our packet pickup on Friday, host our gear check area for runners on race morning, and have one of our top participating teams.”
Whether it’s collaborating with community partners or clients, the legal professionals of Bell, Davis & Pitt are known for bringing creative, practical solutions to every problem or challenge.
“Founded in Winston-Salem over 40 years ago, Bell, Davis & Pitt is proudly woven into the fabric of this vibrant area of North Carolina, with its dedication to the arts, industry, innovation, charity and entrepreneurship found here,” says Kevin G. Williams, president of the firm. “We are privileged to partner with businesses and individuals in Winston- Salem, the state of North Carolina and beyond to help them achieve their goals.”