Bringing the Big Easy to the Magic City: The 2014 Cajun Cook-Off Benefiting Girls Inc.

cajunBy Kelli Robinson, Sirote & Permutt attorney and Girls Inc. board chair

The 4th Annual Cajun Cook-Off, the signature fundraiser for Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, is quickly approaching. Girls Inc. encourages girls to become successful and productive community citizens, and all funds generated by the Cajun Cook-off will benefit programs that inspire Central Alabama girls to be strong, smart and bold. As Girls Inc. board chair and a lover of Cajun cuisine, this is one of my favorite events of the year!

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Walking to End Parkinson’s Disease!

PW5By Jeri Boyd, Sirote & Permutt paralegal and Alabama Parkinson’s Fighter Walk founder

The second annual Alabama Parkinson’s Fighter Walk was a huge success! On March 1, 2014, more than 300 people came to Alabaster’s Veterans Park to help win the fight against Parkinson’s disease. As a person who knows the effects of Parkinson’s first hand, I know this is a huge step toward a cure for the disease.

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Mitchell’s Place: A Night at the Oscars 2014

logoBy Ronald Levitt, Sirote & Permutt attorney

Autism is a non-discriminatory issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In Birmingham, Ala., many children face the daily challenges of living with autism; thankfully, they have a place that offers help. Mitchell’s Place, an organization that aims to provide appropriate care and support for children living with autism spectrum disorders, illustrates how helping one family member with his challenges can multiply and benefit the community.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham: Bowl for Kids’ Sake

BBBSBy Tony Smith, Sirote & Permutt attorney and Big Brothers Big Sisters board member

A mentor can drastically shape the life of a child, and no one needs a positive influence more than children who face adversity from an early age. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Birmingham’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event brings together a community of people who are dedicated to providing supportive, one-on-one relationships that change children’s lives for the better.

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Camp Sirote: Surviving “Snowpocalypse 2014”

CampSiroteBy John Cooper, Sirote & Permutt CEO

Last Tuesday, Birmingham, Ala. was struck with an unexpected snow storm, penned by the media as “Snowpocalypse 2014.” Ice and snow quickly covered the roads as schools, daycares, hospitals and places of employment were full of people who expected a relatively normal Tuesday with a possible “light dusting” of snow. As meteorologist James Spann of Birmingham’s ABC 33/40 said on the day of the storm, “We missed it – we missed it bad!”

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UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center: A national leader in the fight against cancer

bigstock-stop-cancer-by-prevention-and--41516599By Melinda Mathews, Sirote & Permutt attorney and BCRFA board member

“You have cancer.”

These three words can devastate even the strongest of us and turn our worlds completely upside down.  Fortunately for those who have to deal with the anguish and uncertainty that accompanies such a diagnosis, The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) is there to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of life, while also advancing cancer research worldwide.

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Leaving a legacy of compassion

Suzanne with children on KaBOOM! playground

By Robert BaughSirote & Permutt attorney

Fun, rewarding and challenging.  Those are the three words that come to mind for Suzanne Durham as she reflects on her 34 ½- year career with the YWCA of Central Alabama.  Durham retired as Chief Executive Officer at the end of 2013.

“It has been fun because we work hard but play hard and get to see people’s lives improve, which is also rewarding.  It has been challenging because, although we are healthy and strong, there are always never enough resources for what we need to do and want to do in the organization,” Durham explains.

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Legal ruling may affect faith-based organizations

bigstock-judge-s-gavel-and-rosary-beads-55480769By Ronald Levitt, Sirote & Permutt attorney

As most folks around Birmingham know, we at Sirote represent many civic, charitable, and faith-based organizations. We like that work and see it is a way to support the good work being done by these worthy organizations. We recognize and highly value the key role these organizations play in serving the needs of our communities and support reasonable legislation directed at assisting these organization achieve their goals. One such piece of legislation that is important to the faith based community is the parsonage allowance under Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code, which is surprisingly under attack in federal court. Section 107(2) excludes from a minister’s gross income any rental allowance that is paid to him/her as part of his/her compensation. Most houses of worship use a parsonage allowance as a way to compensate their clergy in a tax preferred way.

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Celebrate the season with holiday cards from Children’s of Alabama

Proof_C-By Emily Bates, Sirote & Permutt’s director of marketing & business development

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose!” It’s the songs and images of the season that bring back childhood memories and pull at our heartstrings.  At Sirote & Permutt, our heartstrings are pulled for many causes in our community, but during this time of year, we are especially proud to support the “Season’s Greetings” card collection by Children’s of Alabama.

“Season’s Greetings” is a unique line of holiday cards that display the artwork of Children’s patients.  For the last four years, Sirote has been proud to feature this artwork on our holiday cards.

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Illuminations Ball and holiday tree display bring season of light to Children’s of Alabama

dsc03297By Emily Bates, Sirote & Permutt’s director of marketing & business development

People from throughout the Birmingham metro area and across the state will gather for the Children’s of Alabama Illuminations Ball on November 15, 2013, at 6 pm to raise money for  ill and injured patients who are treated at the state’s only hospital dedicated solely to pediatric healthcare.

“We are grateful to the community for the support they give the hospital,” says Mindy Wald, Children’s of Alabama community development coordinator.  “The Illuminations Ball is our signature event.  All of the money raised goes directly to the hospital to provide the programs and services needed by the families who make more than 670,000 visits to Children’s every year.”  This year’s ball will be held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center, where guests will enjoy a seated dinner with live music from one of the area’s top entertainers, Big Daddy’s New Band. There will also be silent and live auctions, conducted by Christie King with CKing Benefit Auctions.

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