Join the BIIA Team for the Birmingham Heart Walk!

The Birmingham Independent Insurance Agents association is putting together a team for the Birmingham Heart Walk, and we want YOU!

The 5K walk will be held at Railroad Park on Saturday, June 9th at 7:30 am. The event is free, but BIIA is looking to donate at least $5,000 from its members. Funds raised will go to American Heart Association for heart disease and stroke research.

“We try to be active in our community. Each year we host the annual Gala benefitting a local non-profit and The Heart Association is one of the beneficiaries for the 2019 BIIA Gala. Their annual heart walk is the perfect way for BIIA members to come together, connect, and support them,” said Vickie Fuller, President Elect.

Heart disease kills thousands of Alabamians each year. The American Heart Association has given more than $10.6 million in research funds in Alabama. The Birmingham Heart Walk is another opportunity to help raise funds for the organization.

“Our members are what makes the association great, and this is a great opportunity for BIIA members to come together for a great cause,” said Fuller.


1. Donate!

All donations help to raise awareness. Individual and corporate donations can really add up.

2. Join!

Represent BIIA by joining our team and participating in the walk. After signing up, contact Sarah Walker to let her know what size t-shirt you want.

3. Share!

Help us get the word out by sharing this opportunity with coworkers–along with sharing posts across social media!

For more information about the Birmingham Heart Walk, and to sign up, visit

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.