Lawyer Matthew Vafidis leads Bayview book fair to commemorate 9/11 anniversary 

Matthew Vafidis (courtesy photo)
  • Matthew Vafidis (courtesy photo)

A partner at the local office of law firm Holland & Knight, the 55-year-old Vafidis is spearheading a book fair Saturday at the Bayview Opera House. The firm is distributing 1,000 new books to five elementary schools as part of My Good Deed’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.  

What’s the significance of this book fair? This event is just one of a whole coordinated set of events and services that are being done by the firm throughout the county as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. And throughout the country, the entire firm, all 2,000 of us, are engaging in various events. This is just what we’re doing in San Francisco.

Can you talk about the firm’s connection to 9/11? One of our partners, Glenn Winuk, who was a volunteer firefighter in his local town, [was working in our New York office and] rushed to the twin towers, picked up equipment from firemen, and actually worked with them as part of the rescue efforts. He was killed when the second tower went down.

Why the Bayview? The San Francisco School Volunteers suggested that we focus on the Bayview-Hunters Point area. ... It’s a project that is obviously near and dear to the heart of every school principal and parent in the neighborhood.

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