I was delighted to learn that Sherrie Myers, owner of the Montgomery Biscuits and the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball teams, was selected as the 2015 March of Dimes Citizen of the Year in Montgomery. As my friends know, baseball is a passion of mine, and I’m a big fan of the Biscuits. Sherrie and the Biscuits brought minor league ball back to Montgomery after a long absence, and that kicked off downtown revitalization efforts in the Capital City.
The Citizen of the Year award recognizes a community leader “whose distinguished leadership and devoted service to the community has contributed greatly to the quality of life for Alabama and its people. The recipient is a person, who in achieving success and public acclaim, has given back generously to others. This describes Sherrie. She doesn’t just manage the Biscuits organization from behind a desk – she is a hands-on community leader who is visible at the ballpark during games, and at events throughout the area all year long.
Ever since their first season in Montgomery in 2003, the Montgomery Biscuits have worked to give back to the community through the Biscuits Charities program. This program has donated thousands of dollars to community organizations and programs, and also has provided the “gift of baseball” to countless River Region individuals, especially children. In 2015, organizations that benefited from Biscuits Charities included the Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery, Family Sunshine Center, Magic Moments, YMCA, and the River Region United Way.
The Montgomery Biscuits also help raise awareness of the many charitable organizations and programs through Charities Night at Riverwalk Stadium. The annual event features a Biscuits Jerseys auction, with proceeds benefiting the River Region United Way.
The Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony was appropriately held at Riverwalk Stadium this year. The concourse was transformed into a “Gourmet Alfresco Ristorante Italiano” by talented staff and volunteers. The evening’s activities were emceed by Rick Hendrick, the Voice of the Montgomery Biscuits. Rick also serves as Program Director of 95.1FM The Fox, and is a March of Dimes Board Member.
Sara and I, along with Greg and Jane Allen and Tom and Amy Methvin, attended the event and it was great. For the past 11 years, this event has helped raise important dollars for the March of Dimes. It is attended by many state and local corporate and civic leaders. The majority of the funds is raised through corporate sponsorships, a silent auction and Fund the Mission. Money raised by the March of Dimes River Region Citizen of the Year will fund medical research, community service programs, education, and advocacy to help the March of Dimes achieve its mission of improving the health of all babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.
Beasley Allen was pleased to be able to sponsor this year’s March of Dimes Citizen of the Year award ceremony as “Grand Slam” sponsor. Our firm’s managing shareholder, Tom Methvin, was honored as the 2014 Citizen of the Year and he presented the award this year to Sherri. We fully support the tremendous work done by the March of Dimes in helping to secure a happy, healthy future for babies. Sara taught nursing at Troy University in Montgomery and she took her students to the neonatal unit at Baptist Hospital as a part of their training. Each night Sara would tell me about the great work by doctors and nurses and how many lives were being saved. I would encourage folks to support the March of Dimes because they are responsible for many of the advancements made over the years in preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.
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