BIIA Serves Guests of Birmingham’s Hope Lodge

Staff and board members of the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents (BIIA) association recently volunteered at Joe Lee Griffin’s Hope Lodge. The team served dinner, catered through Bellinis Ristorante, to guests of the lodge.

BIIA board members and staff serve dinner to Hope Lodge guests.

“The lodge’s guests were very appreciative and seemed to really enjoy the food. We were able to offer a variety of items to appeal to varying appetites. The white chocolate bread pudding was a favorite of many,” said Mark Hughes, President Elect of BIIA.

Hope Lodge provides comfortable lodging to qualifying out of town cancer patients at no cost so they can focus on their treatment. The lodge operates entirely on contributions from donors.

Mark Hughes and Clint Provost serve dinner to guests of Hope Lodge.

Because the guests of Hope Lodge are responsible for their own meals, the lodge welcomes volunteers to provide dinners to the guests who stay there.

“All of the guests that attended complimented the food and many were able to prepare plates to go for a snack or another meal. Preparing the plates and seeing the guests’ smiling faces really made us feel appreciated and that we helped brighten someone’s day,” said Hughes.

Hope Lodge is the beneficiary of the upcoming 2018 Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents Gala. This is the first time BIIA has volunteered with the non-profit the gala will benefit.

“BIIA has an interest in doing more community service and volunteering in addition to the other traditional activities of the board,” said Hughes. “Serving the dinner allowed several of our board members and staff a first-hand experience at the lodge to learn more about it and actually meet some of the guests. We believe this was a great opportunity for the board to make a difference in addition to monetary contribution we will provide next year. ”

David Greene pours drinks for guests of Hope Lodge.

The BIIA Gala benefitting Hope Lodge will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018.

“I selected Hope Lodge as the beneficiary of our upcoming gala to support a program of the American Cancer Society,” said Hughes. “Like many families, both myself and my wife have family members that have been touched by cancer, some of which at a relatively young age. We look forward to the support of our members at the 2018 gala so that we can make a meaningful financial contribution to the lodge to help them continue to provide this invaluable service to cancer patients.”

Anyone with an interest in providing and serving a meal at Hope Lodge can contact Cindy Perdue.


Clint Provost, David Greene, Sarah Walker, Nancy Crowe, Irene Smyly, George Boohaker and Mark Hughes volunteered at Hope Lodge.

BIIA Donates $5,000 to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents (BIIA) association donated $5,000 to Trusted Choice’s Disaster Relief Fund to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

The hurricane, which made initial landfall in Texas, dumped more than 40 inches of rain in parts of Texas. Many businesses, homes, and personal belongings are destroyed, and many people are displaced.

“After watching the news coverage and seeing the devastation, I wondered how our local insurance chapter could help our fellow agents in Texas,” said BIIA president Margaret Ann Pyburn.

Harvey is the first Category 3 or higher storm to hit the Gulf Coast in more than a decade. Early estimates of insured covered losses are $10-$20 billion.

Though BIIA primarily serves agents and companies in the Birmingham area, they have been known to reach outside their local community to help others.

“Part of what we do is helping those, like us, in need. Last year we donated to the flood victims in Louisiana. This time Texas needs our help,” said Pyburn.

If you want to donate to Harvey’s relief efforts, Trusted Choice’s Disaster Relief Fund is accepting donations.

Trusted Choice’s Disaster Relief Fund provides financial aid to victims and surviving family members directly affected by Disasters. This includes the cost of supporting the social, economic, and psychological recovery of victims and surviving family members. They are currently accepting donations to help support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents association (BIIA) is a non-profit organization that has served companies and agents of Birmingham since 1922. Unlike company-employed agents, independent insurance agents are a trusted choice for insurance because they represent more than one insurance company. Independent agents offer their clients a wider choice of auto, home, business, life, and health coverage as well as retirement and employee-benefit products. They are dedicated to serving their customers and the community.