5 Reasons to Attend the 2019 Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents’ Gala

The BIIA Gala is two weeks away and we are very excited about this year’s event! We are excited to see everyone and have a great evening as we raise funds for the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes. If you are debating whether to attend, here are five reasons why you should join us!

A Fun Evening Out on the Town

The BIIA Gala is a night filled with fun. The evening starts with drinks and dinner. During this time, the DJ will be energizing the festive atmosphere while you peruse and bid on the many silent auction items. Then, it’s time to enjoy some casino style games including Black Jack, Texas Holdem Poker, roulette, slots, and craps. Don’t know how to play? Not to worry! We hand you the fake money to gamble with, and the dealers help you understand the rules. This is the perfect time to learn a new game or to sharpen your skills!

New Venue with Amazing Views of Downtown Birmingham

Every few years, we change the venue to showcase more of Birmingham. This year, the event will be held at The Club. This amazing venue sits atop Red Mountain and has breathtaking views that overlook Birmingham. Originally built in 1951, The Club has recently undergone a renovation to become more modern and inviting. The renovation finished last month, so you will be one of the first to see the new style!

One Event to Benefit Two Charities

In previous years, we have one beneficiary per event. This year, we are supporting two local non-profits: the March of Dimes and the  American Heart Association. BIIA President, Vickie Fuller, has been personally touched by both organizations, and wants to give back for all the support they have given her family. All proceeds from the will be are donated to these charities, so come out and have fun!

Opportunities to Win Unique Silent Auction Prizes

The board is busy collecting items from around the city for the silent auction. Some items include two tickets to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performance of your choice, family outing packages to Alabama Splash Adventure, Let’s Play Birmingham and High Point Climbing & Fitness, gift cards for local eateries, scholarships to CIC and CISR courses, overnight stays at Hilton Pensacola Beach and The Lodge at Gulf State Park, trips to Tuscany and Antigua, and much more!

Giveaways, giveaways & more giveaways

There are loads of chances for you to win prizes! Door prizes will be announced throughout the evening. Then, after casino game play, cash your winnings in for tickets for the casino giveaway items. Lastly, someone will walk away with the grand prize of $1,000! In order to win, you must be present, so come and join us!

Are you as excited as we are?! Then Order Your Tickets today!

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

You are Invited to the 2018 BIIA Christmas Open House

You are invited to attend the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents’ annual Christmas Open House and Installation of Officers. The event will take place at noon on Wednesday, December 5th at The Big I  (141 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211).

Come meet your BIIA board members, listen to festive holiday music, and enjoy lunch while you learn about what we’ve done as an organization in 2018 and how we plan to benefit the community in 2019.

This year, we are collecting toys for Christian Service Mission. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to them. Your toys will help bring joy to a child in need this holiday season.

Also, we are collecting children’s books to benefit Better Basics. Please bring a new unwrapped book to help promote literacy. Better Basics helps to advance literacy in the Birmingham community. They need children’s books ranging from board books, to picture books, to leveled readers, and easy chapter books.

To attend the Christmas Open House, please reach out to Emily Carr, or call the Big I office at 205-326-4129.

We hope to see you there!

2019 BIIA Gala Date Announced


The 2019 Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents’ association (BIIA) is pleased to announce the annual insurance gala will be held on January 25, 2019!

In previous years, we have been able to award beneficiaries more than $10,000. The beneficiaries for the previous two years have received around $20,000 each. For 2019, we plan to have two beneficiaries: American Heart Association and the March of Dimes!

By sponsoring or donating to the event, attending the event, or participating in the silent auction, you will have a direct impact for two amazing non-profits!

Mark your calendars for January 25th!



Here’s What People Are Saying About The BIIA Gala!

In two weeks, the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents association’s annual gala will be held to benefit Hope Lodge. The board has been busy planning and working hard to make it an event you definitely will enjoy! But if you are still on the fence about whether to attend, here’s what people are saying about the event:

To Be Social!

“I am looking forward to seeing some old and new faces and fostering my relationships in the insurance business. We have such a great community of insurance professionals in Birmingham and I am glad to be a part of it,” Brian Smith, Best Insurance Agency.

“What I look forward to most about the gala is the opportunity to meet with friends and associates from other agencies and carriers in a fun environment and  to support great, local charities. It’s also a time to meet new people and get to know them apart from insurance-related matters,” David Greene, HRA Risk Services

To WIN Prizes!

“Some of my best memories of the BIIA Gala are of watching my fellow agents, company underwriters, and brokers win nice prizes and see their reactions. We always have nice prizes. And we always raise a nice donation for the charity we are supporting each year,” Brian Smith, Best Insurance Agency.

“I am sure all of the attendees will want to stick around for the many door prizes and the grand prize give away at the end!” Mark Hughes, O.M. Hughes Insurance

To Get Awesome Silent Auction Items!

“I am excited that this year’s event will benefit Hope Lodge which is such an important program of the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will feature some great silent auction items,” Mark Hughes, O.M. Hughes Insurance.

“The silent auction is always a great chance to win some awesome items. They have gift cards, brewery tours, vacation stays, and more. I love seeing the wide variety of options to bid on,” Ivie Isler, USI Insurance

To Attend A Fun Charitable Event!

“Last year’s Gala was so relaxed and casual. The casino dealers were totally fun and helped everyone understand how the games are played. The food was delicious, there was great wine from Rush Wines, and Chris the DJ played amazing music.” Margaret Ann Pyburn, CobbsAllen.

“The door prizes are incredible! I get to gamble with someone else’s money. Silent auction items are very nice and affordable! The charitable cause alone is the very reason why you should be there!” Bill Jacka Jr, Insurance Office of America.

“I enjoy attending the BIIA Gala because it is a great time to catch up with other agents and carriers in an informal setting that is also for a great cause. I think everyone will enjoy playing the casino games and bidding on their favorite items in the silent auction,” Mark Hughes, O.M. Hughes Insurance.

The gala will take place on Friday, January 26 from 6-10pm. The beneficiary of this gala is the American Cancer Society’s Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge. The event will include dinner and drinks, a silent auction, casino style games, and plenty of door prizes. It will be held at LINC Point–the same location as the 2017 event.

Tickets to the event are $70 for BIIA members and $75 for non-members and can be purchased here. Bulk ticket purchases of 12 and 20 tickets will receive a discounted price.



BIIA invites YOU to our Christmas Open House!

Each year the Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents association hosts a holiday event to invite its members to gather and enjoy music, fellowship, food, and prizes. The Christmas open house also allows members to meet the board members who represent them in 2018. This year we want to personally invite YOU to the open house on Wednesday, December 6th at noon. The event will be at the Big I at 141 London Parkway  Birmingham, AL 35211.

BIIA supports our local community during this event. We will be hosting a toy drive to benefit the Christian Service Mission. Help serve kids this holiday season by bringing an unwrapped gift for children 6-10 years of age. Toys such as Legos, books, educational items are welcome as well as gift cards.

BIIA will also donate money to local charities around the area. Want to know which ones will benefit? Join us to find out!

This year we will have Tracy Hipps with Christian Service Mission and Jennifer Cherry with American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge speak to us. The Hope Lodge is the beneficiary for the 2018 BIIA Gala. Come find out more about these two wonderful organizations!

To RSVP for the event, please email Sarah Walker with the names of those coming from your agency or company. Each agency/company member will receive two complimentary tickets. Additional member tickets are $10 each. Non BIIA member tickets are $30 each.

Want to know if your employer is a BIIA member? Check out all of our 2017 members!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, December 6th at noon!

Partner with BIIA for the 2018 Gala!

Your Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents board members have been busy planning the 2018 Gala which will benefit the Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge. This organization helps house patients and families going through cancer treatments. We are excited and want to make this the best gala yet, but we need your help.

Please partner with us to make this a night to remember. There are multiple ways to partner:

1. Be one of our star sponsors. Your business logo will be on the Star Sponsor board at the event, and will also be in the program.


2. Donate items to be part of the Silent Auction. Past items have included overnight stays, $100 Amazon gift cards, jewelry, local entertainment packages, rounds of golf, art pieces, and more.

3. Donate items to be given as door prizes or casino prizes. Examples of previous door prizes include $25 gift cards to local eateries, Alabama and Auburn umbrellas, LED Smart HD TV, Insulated Tumblers, poker set, Visa gift cards, and more.

To be a sponsor, please send the Sponsorship Form along with the sponsorship amount.

Silent Auction and Door Prize items may be mailed or delivered to 141 London Parkway OR call the association office at 205-326-4129 to arrange for pick up.

For questions or other assistance, call Nancy Crowe at the above listed phone number or send an email.

Thank you for your consideration of partnering with BIIA. We really appreciate it!


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.


BIIA Donates $20,000 to United Ability

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents hosted their Annual Gala at LINCPoint on January 27th, 2017. More than 150 people attended the annual event which included food, music, a silent auction, casino style games and door prizes. All proceeds from the event are donated to a charity at the discretion of the current chapter president.

BIIA delivers check to United Ability representatives.

BIIA President Margaret Ann Pyburn of Cobbs Allen stated United Ability offers many valuable programs that benefit kids and adults in the Birmingham community. She said “I have personally seen the results of their services since my niece has Spina Bifida, so I have a real heart for the work that they do. When asked to select a charity to benefit the Gala, United Ability was an easy choice.”

United Ability CEO, Dr. Gary Edwards shared, “What a tremendous honor to be this year’s recipient of the BIIA gala proceeds. Every dollar received will support the advancement of medicine, technology & therapies for people living with ALL types of disabilities from birth throughout their lives. Thank you, BIIA, for helping transform lives.”

The adults that participate in the Adult Day Program contributed to the festivities by hand painting floral clay pots for centerpieces on the dinner tables.

Recently, representatives from BIIA met representatives at LINCPoint and presented the donation check for $20,000.

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents of Alabama (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.

United Ability is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives. They envision a world where disability is neither defining nor limiting and unite people with unique abilities in achieving a successful future. United Ability serves more than 4,000 children and adults with disabilities including but not limited to: intellectual disabilities; traumatic brain injury; developmental disabilities; cerebral palsy; autism; Down syndrome and spina bifida. Visit United Ability online at www.unitedability.org.

For photos of the event, see About Town’s coverage of the BIIA Gala.