Finish the Fight: 9th Annual Iron Bowl Tailgate Party raises money to fight gastrointestinal cancers

New Reed Foundation logoBy Leigh Kaylor, Sirote & Permutt Attorney and Corporate Board Member

“He was bigger than life itself. He wanted his life’s work to make a difference. He wanted to do positive things for deserving groups and individuals.” These are the words used to describe Robert E. Reed by his wife Carolyn.  The attorneys and staff at Sirote & Permutt who were privileged to work with Bob Reed echo that sentiment.

Reed, chairman and CEO of Realty South, passed away at the age of 60 in 2002 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  Before his death, he urged his two sons to “Finish the Fight!”

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Pass the Purple Purse with YWCA for Domestic Violence Awareness



By Elizabeth Hutchins, Sirote & Permutt attorney and YWCA Central Alabama board member

145: The number of times domestic violence happens each hour in the United States. It is the leading cause of injury to women – more than car accidents, muggings or rapes combined. It affects more women than breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer combined.

We cannot be silent, we cannot turn our backs, and we cannot pretend it doesn’t happen.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the YWCA of Central Alabama, the largest domestic violence service provider in our region, promotes programs all month to make sure that we are not silent, that we do not turn our backs and that we don’t pretend domestic violence never happens.

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Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure: Fighting to End Breast Cancer

rftcBy Kerry McInerney, Sirote & Permutt attorney and secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors, North Central Alabama Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 

22 years.

15,000 annual participants.

Millions of dollars raised for breast cancer research and awareness initiatives.

The numbers say it all. The annual Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama Race for the Cure’s impact is tremendous! The number one, however, is extremely significant to my family and me. One woman, a woman whose life was touched by the Race for the Cure. That woman is my wife, Hope, who registered as a runner in the 2006 in honor of a friend battling breast cancer. Registering for the Race and thoughts of her friend heightened Hope’s breast health awareness, prompting her to perform a self-exam, a self-exam which led to her breast cancer diagnosis.

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ArtPlay: providing a stage for everyone in our community

By Ronald Levitt, Sirote & Permutt attorney and Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center board of advisors member 

ArtPlay is an outreach initiative of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Artplay’s mission is to “educate, inspire and nurture creative growth and self-expression in all people of all ages by providing innovative arts education programming in a collaborative and holistic environment.”

ArtPlay strongly supports the notion that the arts are a necessary part of personal development. With that in mind, the program provides services to children and adults that allow them to creatively express themselves (that includes lawyers, too!). The organization believes creative expression leads to new ideas that enrich the community as a whole.

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Civil rights Empowerment Week highlights a better Birmingham

By J. Mason Davis, Sirote & Permutt attorney

The City of Birmingham, along with many area businesses, churches and civic groups, has already held many events in conjunction with its 50-year commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham and the change in the form of government of the City of Birmingham from a three-person Commission to a nine-person City Council that saw the end of a long reign of terror under Commissioner Bull Connor,.  The year-long commemoration is coming to a close as the year is winding down, yet there are a few major events planned within the next month.

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5th annual Revvin 4 Research charity ride benefits Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

By Melinda Mathews
, Sirote & Permutt attorney and BCRFA board member

It’s time to revv up those bikes and ride for a cause! The Dixie Divas Riding Club’s 5th Annual Revvin 4 Research charity ride benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama will kick off on
Saturday, September 7, 2013. In just four years this incredible event has managed to raise nearly $70,000 toward local breast cancer research.

“Whether it is you, your mother, sister, friend, aunt, cousin, niece, daughter or granddaughter, this disease affects all women’s lives. This is our way to give back and fund research. We need to change our future”, says Sherri Simmers, Founder, Dixie Divas Riding Club.

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Help Give Hope: Support the 33rd Annual Hope Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society

By Lenora Pate, Sirote & Permutt attorney and American Cancer Society board member 

There are three dreadful words that no one wants to hear, but are said much too often. When they are spoken, lives are changed and worlds are turned upside down. The feared phrase – “You have cancer” – is an unfortunate reality to many, and odds are, cancer has affected someone you know and love.

As a two-time cancer survivor and an American Cancer Society board member, I understand the difficulty of a diagnosis and the importance of fighting back. Through research, patient services, early detection, treatment and education, the American Cancer Society works to save lives and eradicate this disease that has taken too much from too many.

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The Therapeutic Power of the Arts: VSA Alabama’s ArtPartners Live Auction and Showcase

By Katherine Barr, Sirote & Permutt attorney

Throughout my career as an attorney in the estate planning and tax department at Sirote & Permutt, I’ve helped many families of special needs children set up plans and trusts needed for their future financial security. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about these families through this process, and time and time again, I’ve heard parents rave about what VSA Alabama has done for their children. This prompted me to become involved with VSA Alabama, where I have seen this organization change lives. Annually, VSA Alabama serves over 3,000 people with disabilities and chronic illnesses through visual arts, music therapy, therapeutic drumming and rhythm, art therapy, drama, creative movement and creative writing.

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Get Off the Sidelines! Rally for Reading with The Literacy Council’s Junior Board

By Matt Geller, Sirote & Permutt attorney and The Literacy Council Junior Board member

College football in Alabama is monumental for many, and it is always gratifying to see the excitement of the game benefit such a worthy cause. The Junior Board of The Literacy Council will kick off football season with its 3rd Annual Rally for Reading at B&A Warehouse on Thursday, August 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature tailgating food along with beer and wine, live music and a live and silent auction to celebrate the approach of fall football and raise money to support The Literacy Council programs.

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Ozzie Newsome Helps Celebrate and Support The Firehouse Shelter

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

The Firehouse Shelter held its first-ever Summer Benefit Luncheon on June 21, 2013, at The Harbert Center in Birmingham, Ala. The guest speaker for the event was none other than Ozzie Newsome, general manager of the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and former University of Alabama and NFL football Hall of Famer.

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