It’s an important quality of life issue—one we seem to take for granted.
We may be at the bottom of many lists, but this one—we excel.
The idea for this piece came in the form of an e-mail…
“David, todays bham news….Mayor in shootout , Katapodis appeal denied, and Malzahn new auburn coach…that’s our front page headlines….buried on page 8 or so….the REALLY GOOD NEWS ….our community treasure the United Way raises $ 37 million dollars and makes the goal again ! good grief lets celebrate our success as a community !! put it out there on you blog, thanks felix” (Actually page 6A, December 5, 2012)
I received this e-mail from a good friend and a long time community leader, Felix Drennen, Chief Development Officer at Cobbs, Allen & Hall.
He was referring to an article titled, “United Way edges over goal…”
“As it has for more than 60 years, the United Way of Central Alabama once again met, and even slightly exceeded, its annual fundraising goal, bringing in $37,535,519…”
As Bill Jones, the 2012 chairman of the UWCA board bragged…
“This community always seems to come through. I knew we’d reach the goal because we always have.”
Gordon Martin, the 2012 chairman, and Alabama Power Senior VP, said…
“Even during the heights of the Great Recession, we’ve always moved forward.”
Greater Birmingham’s always at the top or near the top for generosity.
And Felix is right–our United Way triumph should be page one.
We in Birmingham seem to have such low self-esteem. We have a lot to be proud.
Why don’t we celebrate our successes?
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).