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  • 7/26/17 12:56 pm EDT
    With the details of each spin in his mind from a colorful menagerie of animals on a merry-go-round, Art Ritchie has built or restored at least five-dozen carousels in the 32 years since he and Daniel Jones founded Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio. But he specifically remembers the Protective Life Carousel at the Birmingham Zoo, because during his restoration work, one of the South’s infamous spring storms ripped the canopy for the carousel right off its cables.While it delayed the progress,more...
  • 7/13/17 11:39 am EDT
    Birmingham’s Ryan J. Swain takes the stage in the world premiere of an Off-Broadway show. And when he walks onto the stage at the National Black Theater to star in the debut of “Kill Move Paradise,” he says he has, in part, Protective Life to thank. Ryan is one of more than 200 recipients of Protective Life Scholarship and Academic Awards Program. “I owe so much to Protective,” Ryan says. “Receiving support for my education truly allowed me to focus on the education that I needed to hone mymore...
  • 6/29/17 12:02 pm EDT
    The Liberty Learning Foundation is an Alabama-based organization dedicated to teaching children the importance of civics through hands-on demonstrations that take them beyond the classroom. Learn why Protective Life is proud to support this organization’s efforts to empower and inspire America’s youngest citizens. more...
  • 6/14/17 6:06 pm EDT
    The circumstances that bring women to shelters like First Light have changed.  Director of volunteer services Deborah Everson calls it a stew of factors, and the recipe looks something like this: “1 cup mental illness, 3 dashes of joblessness, 2 scoops of addiction to medication to deal with the mental illness.” She shares this recipe for homelessness to church groups, organizations and businesses, hoping to offer insight into an issue that is perceived by most as “someone else’s problemmore...
  • 5/26/17 10:36 am EDT
    Cathy Lindberg holds her 24-year-old daughter’s riding helmet between them and traces the matte black brim with her forefinger.“What makes this a princess helmet, Molly? Can you show us?” Her daughter raises her finger to the two gold horse stickers catching light from the top of the helmet. A smile stretches across her face. “That’s right,” Cathy says. “Because they’re magic.”When Molly’s riding helmet is strapped on and she mounts her black-and-white horse, Oreo, she is a princess. She takesmore...
  • 4/24/17 11:24 am EDT
    David Lamb, 20, paces in the small music room at the Samford Academy of Arts as board certified music therapist Sunny Davenport plays the piano. When she stops to turn to a new song in the old music book he brought, he stops, too, waiting for the music to begin again. It doesn’t take long.Sunny starts a more upbeat tune. A slight smile pulls across David’s face. He paces again, speeding up to keep up with the beat. This is his reward. When Sunny finishes the third song, she slides off themore...
  • 4/11/17 6:28 pm EDT
    For Ernest “Big Dog” Fann, baseball is life. Now in his late 70s, Fann, a Birmingham resident, spent his entire life playing the sport, and at times fighting for his place in it. For the retired engineer, who was born in the segregated Southern city of Macon, Georgia, in the late 1930s, the chance to play baseball involved sacrifice, suffering, and determination. It isn’t just about sport, he says, but equality.“To go far in baseball, you have to really have the love of the game in your heartmore...
  • 3/27/17 2:00 pm EDT
    For Necole Ezell, launching a career in information technology in 1996 as a woman was not the easiest thing to do. Back then, as a recent graduate of the University of Alabama, Necole saw very few women, and fewer who looked like her (a woman of color) in her chosen field. But now as Protective’s Enterprise IT Planning & Analysis Manager, Second Vice President, she sees more women launching and flourishing in careers across many technical fields — a welcomed development.“Although themore...
  • 2/20/17 6:04 pm EST

    People know the Salvation Army for their red kettles and bell ringing. But what does that money in that kettle fund? January is a great time to dig into that topic and find out about their new headquarters in Birmingham.

     This time of year, the Salvation Army bell ringers have gone home and the red kettles have been put away. But the work of the Salvation Army doesn’t stop. The money that goes into the kettles and donations throughout the year provide a vital safety net for individuals and communities in crisis. “Every minute of every day, someone is being helped by the Salvation Army,” says Major Bob Parker, Birmingham Salvation Army Commander. “We’re there to meet human need in time of crisis — tomore...

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