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.
“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.
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. ”
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.