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.

2019 BIIA Gala Date Announced

SAVE THE DATE!

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!

 

 

August BIIA After-Hours Event Recap and Photos!

We had a blast gathering for our latest after-hours event on Thursday, August 30th. About 40 agents, carriers, brokers, and wholesalers met after work at Oak Hill Bar and Grill to network and socialize with other industry workers.

Check out some photos from the event and be sure to join us next time!

 

 

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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

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 BirminghamHeartWalk.org

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.

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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 Invites YOU to the May After Hours Social!

You definitely don’t want to miss the next BIIA after hours event which will be held on Thursday, May 18! Grab your coworkers and join us after work from 5 until 7 as we eat, drink, and socialize at Black Market Bar and Grill in the Colonnade off of Highway 280. This is a free event for BIIA members and is always an enjoyable time.

Check out the Invitation and be sure to email Sarah Walker to reserve your spot!

So why should you attend? Here are some reasons why we enjoy these events:

“I enjoy networking with my agents in a casual setting. You get to know people better outside of their office.”
Joanne Reed, The Sheffield Fund

“I always enjoy attending the BIIA after hours events because it is a great way to catch up with friends in the industry and to make new connections with other agents and insurance carriers.”
Mark Hughes, OM Hughes Insurance

“It’s fun to relax on Black Market’s patio and meet underwriters that may not get to visit the office. I like being able to put faces with names, or voices from the phone. Then we get to know each other better and build on the relationship that has already been established.”
Ivie Isler, USI Insurance Services

“The after hours events give you a chance to network with other agents and company people in a laid back casual atmosphere.”
George Boohaker, The Insurance Network Inc

What are some reasons you love attending the BIIA afterhours event? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

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