Provost Umphrey has a long and rich tradition of involvement in the Beaumont community. As part of its anniversary celebration, the firm wanted to find new ways to show its appreciation and give back to the city that, for 50 years, had allowed it to thrive. It did this in two ways. The first was focused on charity work. The firm set a goal to volunteer with 50 charities over the course of the year. These were Girls’ Haven, Meals on Wheels, CASA of Southeast Texas, Habitat for Humanity and many others.
Next, the firm made an endowment to Lamar University. Years before, the firm had made a $3 million donation to the school, along with an additional $1 million given by Walter and Sheila Umphrey, which was used to renovate the school’s football stadium. In recognition of this generosity, the stadium was renamed Provost Umphrey Stadium. On Saturday, September 7, 2019, the firm hosted a tailgating party before the Lamar University Cardinals squared off against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils. At halftime, an endowment check of $50,000 was presented to the university’s president, Dr. Kenneth Evans.
The firm’s donation, along with its charity work, was covered extensively by local media.