By Emily Bates, Sirote & Permutt’s director of marketing & business development
Recently, Birmingham magazine held its inaugural Groundbreakers Award celebration, which honored Birmingham residents and projects that are digging in and laying the groundwork for a better Birmingham. Sirote & Permutt was honored to be recognized as a Groundbreaker for our Sirote Supports initiative along with other phenomenal groundbreaking projects and people in Birmingham.
The Groundbreaker Award winners were based upon the entries submitted to Birmingham magazine editors after they asked readers to identify the people and projects that are making a difference in our community for today and the future. A panel of experts then determined the winners in various categories such as legal, education, arts, philanthropy, education, environment and healthcare. Sirote Supports was named as a project winner in the legal category, which we first announced in this article by John Cooper entitled “Sirote Supports Kicks Off New Year With a ‘Bang.’”
Accepting the award on behalf of Sirote & Permutt and the Sirote Supports initiative was Lenora Pate, Sirote attorney and shareholder. Pate informed the crowd on the mission of Sirote Supports and its motto, “Our Voice. Your Link. Their Cause.”
Prior to the acceptance of the award, Birmingham magazine editor Julie Keith outlined the Sirote Supports initiatives to attendees. “Birmingham is a philanthropic town, and that spirit of giving has long extended to the local legal community. But one firm has taken an innovative approach to the tradition of charitable support with an initiative that brings their lawyers, employees, clients and nonprofits together to create maximum impact.”
Sirote has been a longtime supporter of area nonprofits, particularly those meeting arts, education and healthcare needs, and the firm has always supported the charitable efforts of its lawyers and employees. Our firm believes that its success is intertwined with the success and prosperity of the communities in which its lawyers live and practice law. Having a dedicated effort in Sirote Supports to focus exclusively on community service now allows us to bring attention to these well-deserving organizations.
Fellow Groundbreakers included people and projects such as Wendy Jackson of the Freshwater Land Trust; Tom Cosby and Glenny Brock and their efforts to restore Birmingham’s historic Lyric Theatre; Innovation Depot for its outgrowth of the city’s Entrepreneurial Center; Laura Kate Whitney and her work to change Birmingham City Schools for the better; James Little, founder/director of Birmingham Restaurant Week and district manager at REV Birmingham; along with several other outstanding Birmingham residents and accomplishments.
We are pleased to stand beside these winners and are excited to see all that is in store for Birmingham’s future. The Groundbreakers event was refreshing to be a part of as each winner’s enthusiasm was evident in their efforts to make Birmingham a better place to live, work and play. On behalf of Sirote & Permutt, thank you to Birmingham magazine for helping us spread the word about the great work of these worthy organizations.
Sirote Supports, a Sirote & Permutt initiative, provides support to programs that strengthen the community and positively impact the areas of health, education and the arts. To learn more about Sirote & Permutt, please visit us at www.sirote.com.