November 11, 2016
YWCA Central Alabama friends and supporters were well represented during the recent National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, hosted by the Alabama chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The event is designed to recognize exceptional volunteers and donors in Birmingham, their contributions and the impact they make in the community.
Sheryl and Jon Kimerling received The William M. and Virginia B. Spencer Outstanding Philanthropist award, given for exceptional financial generosity and exemplary leadership for charitable causes. Sheryl, a YWCA Board member and former Board president, and Jon have long been faithful supporters of the women, children and families served by the YW.
Board member Liz Hutchins, chair of Sirote & Permutt, P.C.’s estates, wills, and trusts practice group, earned The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor award. She was recognized for her commitment to educating women and the community at large about philanthropy.
In addition, the YW recognized Jim Gorrie, CEO of Brasfield & Gorrie, as an outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy. Brasfield & Gorrie and a team of subcontractors recently provided major renovations to the YW’s indoor play area and My Sister’s Closet, which provides professional clothing for women in need. The project was spearheaded by Gorrie and provided at no cost to the agency.
“We could not be more proud of this very deserving group of women and men who have been such wonderful friends to the YW and those we serve,” Yolanda Sullivan, YWCA CEO, said. “Their hearts are so big, and they have graciously shared their time, talents and treasures to help those in crisis. We are honored to have them as members of the YW family.”
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