Ireland Legacy Golf Results

We are grateful to all who joined us at the 30th Annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament. We are thrilled to announce that we reached our goal of raising $200,000! This was a record-setting year and we couldn’t have done it without the support of sponsors, teams, hole sponsors, and donors.

When Marvin Thornton worked with the Ireland family to start the tournament 30 years ago, they never imagined that it would raise over $2.7 million over the years. That goes a long way to help adults with autism develop independent living skills!

Team Winners

Winner Gross Scores
1st Place -McGriff
Ryan Burge, Joe Cravens, Stanley Appleton and John Carter

2nd Place – Bill Ireland
Bill Ireland, Jon Register, Jamie Cowin, and David Fullington

3rd Place – Kiva Dunes Resort & Golf
Patrick Drummond, Kevin Sokol, Zach Baker, and Donnie Jones

Winner Net Scores
1st Place – AmWins
Daniel Drennen, William Lathem, Kyle Duett, and Burgett Tonsmeire

2nd Place – Philip Young Team 1
Charlie Smith, Frank McGough, Bobby Weil, and Ronnie Robertson

3rd Place – Marathon Electrical Contractors
William Woo, Mark Bounds, David Callaway, and Jordan Adams

Individual Winners

Closest to the Hole
Misty Blizzard and G. Turnley

Longest Drive
Trina Swindle and Henry Donald

30th Anniversary Ball Contest
Marathon Electrical Contractors


Adults served by Glenwood started the day with the ceremonial first putt. Jody, Jon, Chance, and Bobby have been looking forward to the tournament.

Thank you for providing opportunities for new experiences for the adults we serve.


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Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament Set for May 2

The 30th Annual Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament is set for May 2, 2022. The event supports services for adults with autism and is named in honor of the Ireland family and in memory of Kitty, Kathy, Bill Sr., Fay, and Mallie and Glenn Ireland. The Ireland family was instrumental in founding Glenwood 48 years ago to serve individuals with autism and behavioral health needs.

Glenwood began in 1974 as a service for children with autism. As those children grew into adults, there were no services available for them. Glenwood adapted and added adult services. The golf tournament began as a way to support them. When families got together 30 years ago to start the tournament, we’re sure they never imagined that it would raise over $2.4 million over the years. That goes a long way to help adults with autism develop independent living skills!

A big shout out to our Title Sponsor, King Acura, who has sponsored our tournament for over 15 years! We are lucky to have such faithful support in the community.

Golf teams are sold out but it’s not too late to sponsor a hole for $1,000 or make a donation of any size. All gifts are welcome and appreciated! Click the button to donate and select the Ireland Legacy Golf from the designation menu. 

For more information, please contact Linda Baker at or 205-795-3376.

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Glenwood Endowed Lecture and Simpson-Ramsey Symposium

The Glenwood Endowed Lecture series is back in partnership with UAB Sparks Clinic. This FREE event will be virtual this year and features three speakers. The topics will be highlighting translational research in developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Dr. Michael L. Wehmeyer is the Glenwood Endowed Lecturer that will kick off the symposium. He will speak from 9 – 10:15 am and his topic is “Inherent Dignity: Self-Determination and Strengths-based Approaches in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.”  Alan Percy, M.D. and Katie Malone, M.X., CCC-SLP will also speak.

This FREE event is open to professionals, parents, and caregivers. Registration is required. CE/CEU credit may be available for some disciplines. Click more to learn more and register.

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Market Day at Glenwood

We have so much fun welcoming shoppers to campus for Market Day! We can’t wait to welcome more visitors each week. Residents and staff at Glenwood enjoy the experience, too. It offers real-world experience for the people we serve, as well as being lots of fun!

Shop fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty food items, and organic products, all from our nearby farmers and artists. Join us every Thursday this spring and summer for “Glenwood Market Day!”

Come out to support local growers and makers, while taking home some delicious and unique products right from Birmingham’s backyard!

The event is rain or shine. We will bring it indoors if it rains!

Every Thursday 3 – 6:30 PM
Spring and Summer

Glenwood’s Main Campus
150 Glenwood Lane, Birmingham, AL
Across from the Glenwood Pecan Warehouse

Interested in becoming a vendor? Fill out our vendor application and contact Shanda Daniel at 205-795-3211 or to find out more.


Hamm Farms

Manna Market Organic Co-Op
Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Ivory Leshore’s Gourmet Bread Pudding and Cheesecakes

Blind Dog Biscuit
Organic Dog Treats
Desserts and Pastries

Skincare Products

Aromas from Home
Classy Comfort Foods

Karter’s Korner
 Salsa, Cakes

Nebra Yani
Natural Bath Soaps

Unique Creations
T-Shirts, Earrings, Keychains

Pretty Plus Things
Jewelry, clothing

Lady Dru’s Handmade Jewelry
Handmade Jewelry

Sweet Gum Farms
Organic Chicken, Eggs

Blue Rooster Farms
Flowers and Herbs

Abney Farms

Kym’s Creations

Nana Bakes

Ms. Laid Back Treats
Treats, Snacks, Juice, Popcorn

Laid Back Melts
Candles, Wax Melts

Amani Unleashed
Baby Oils

Baby Oils

Elevating Expressions
Earrings, Jewelry, Natural Soap Items

Papparazzi Jewelry
Lead-Free Jewelry

Chef Don Showtime Creations
Specialty Food Items

Josie’s Precious Gifts
T-Shirts, tumblers, Yankee Candles, Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Lotion

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Big Top 2022’s Featured Artists

Big Top 2022 is just a week away! Each year, our silent auction plays a big role in raising funds for children with autism. In addition to some of the fabulous items such as sports memorabilia, vacation rentals, and fine wine and spirits, we are proud to offer pieces created by some incredibly talented artists! These are just a few of the artists who’s works you will have a chance to win in this year’s auction. THANK YOU to these wonderful creators for donating their works to our cause. 

Get your tickets to Glenwood’s A Night Under the Big Top 2022 today!



Janice James Eubanks

“I have lived in the Birmingham area all my life. In 2013, I decided to fulfill a life-long dream to learn how to paint. I expanded my Mediums from Oil, Acrylic and Water Color to Gouache, Kiln Formed Glass, Resin, Alcohol Inks, Candle Making, Jewelry Making, Pottery, Mosaics and Metal Wall Sculptures. I am a member of The Mountain Brook Art Association, Hoover Arts Alliance, Shelby Council Arts Council, Alabama Designer Craftsmen, Artists Association of Central Alabama and The Kelly Fitzgerald Gallery. Some of the venues in which I have shown: The Stewart Heath Gallery in Spanish Fort, The Kentuck Arts Festival where I won Patrons Ribbon by WVUA, Ruffner Mountain, Art Walk of Birmingham, and the Vestavia Walk of Art where I won First Prize. My paintings of Cannonballs 1861 is a permanent part of the Alabama Bicentennial Showcase.”

“Broken Crayons Still Color”


Vicki Denaburg

“Painting, for me, is a heartfelt passion and becoming an artist is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Although I have been inspired by and painted with many artists over the years, I am mostly self-taught.”


Jessica Kime

Jessica Kime is an artist in Birmingham, Alabama. She delights in being a wife to Jared and a mom to three little boys and a new baby girl! She is a lover of Jesus, family, community, and creativity.


Amanda Linton

“In real life, I’m somewhat shy. When I paint, I think all those things I left unsaid just come pouring out of me…happiness, sadness, wonder, fear, anger, anxiety, excitement, amusement, gratitude. Those little pieces of me are woven into every canvas, layers upon layers of meaningful colors, drippy paint and all the emotions of my day.

So the shy girl gets to say everything without really saying anything at all. ”


Sherri Van Pelt

Sherri Van Pelt is perhaps best known for her work to promote opportunities in the arts for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. As an occupational therapist and nonprofit executive, she frequently lectured both locally and nationally on the therapeutic value of the arts. Sherri’s professional career, anchored in the medical arena and surrounded by the arts community, spanned a period of more than 40 years. She began working in kiln formed glass in 2010 and retired to become a full-time glass artist in 2015. She is an award winning artist and her work has been included in Birmingham’s most prestigious juried art shows and festivals. She describes her work as, “Happy Glass” and states that she is inspired by “art, nature and all the wonders of life that make me smile!”. Sherri is honored to have her work at Artists Incorporated.


Ann Phillips – Glenwood Art Director

“I have always enjoyed art in one form or another. Growing up, I admired my grandmother crocheting blankets for the grandchildren in vivid colors. In the past 6 years, I have concentrated more on painting rather than other forms of art. I like the the quickness of acrylic paints and all the color creations. A self-taught artist, experimenting with different materials and surfaces makes me appreciate texture in my paintings. Painting outside in the spring and summer is a favorite activity of mine. Often my fellow painters and I go to the beach for some relaxing painting.”

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Zac Sings Songs

Zac was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. He was very shy and did not speak. His mother, Shawna, didn’t know what to do. They tried so many different things and nothing seemed to help.

That’s when their family found Glenwood’s Children’s Center for Applied Behavior Anaylsis (ABA) Therapy and enrolled Zac. He began to attend the program every day for a year, also receiving speech and occupational therapy. Within his first week of attending, he spoke his first words!

As the year continued, his personality grew. He even began singing songs. These were things that Shawna never thought she would hear. “I don’t know what I would have done
without Glenwood,” she said. “I can’t say thank you enough. Zac’s words are the best thank you that I could ever express.” She looks forward to seeing Zac continue to develop through the program.

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Holiday Fun at Glenwood

 We tried to find the words to tell you just how much joy you bring to all of us at Glenwood. Rather than write a thousand words, we thought we’d let this picture do the job. Our donors make it possible year-round for Glenwood professionals to meet the mission of enabling each individual we serve to reach his or her potential.

So many people have helped make Christmas better for those we serve. Santa has made sure all who wanted to visit with him had the opportunity. Standing in line to visit Santa at the mall is not always an option for children with autism. So, we brought the experience directly to programs. In the photo above, Santa is listening to wishes from those who attend the Mallie M. Ireland Children’s Center in Avondale. Some of the children warmed up quickly while others were a little more hesitant. The sensory-friendly experience got some of the families pictures they might not have been able to get otherwise. And Santa took his time to give each child the space needed to share in this timeless Christmas tradition.

Operation Santa is another way many make sure that everyone who lives in Glenwood’s residential homes has a few presents under the tree. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to fulfill wishes for adults who have no biological family and supplement those whose families have limited means. Donors include a group called “Jon’s Army” after an adult in Glenwood’s care and many friends.

Internal Medicine Specialists adopted one home for adults with autism, bringing gifts perfectly suited for each person. They also bought recreational equipment for the guys to enjoy at home. Asbury United Methodist Church’s Esther Circle does special things for children in Overton Home, which is owned by Embrace Alabama Kids. For Christmas, they make and fill beautiful stockings for each child and fulfill each one’s wish list.

Thank you to all who bring joy to those we serve at Glenwood! We wish you and your family much joy and many smiles this holiday season.

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Glenwood Expands Services in Avondale

Due to high demand for services for individuals with autism and other mental health concerns, Glenwood, Inc. is expanding in Avondale for the fourth time since 2018. The expansion includes a new Arts Center and space that will double the capacity for the Children’s Center. The two programs are located at 620 38th Street South.

Glenwood moved some administrative offices in the spring of 2018, then opened a new program, the Mallie M. Ireland Children’s Center in the fall of 2018. The next year, Glenwood moved Outpatient Services to Avondale.

“Our Children’s Center has had great success in improving the quality of life for young children. Additional space allows more children and families to benefit from life-changing behavior, speech and occupational therapies. The Arts Center provides art, music, movement and other activities to both children and adults. “We are delighted to fill what has been a great need for those we serve. We plan to eventually open these services to others in the community,” said Ken Oliver, president and chief executive office.

The expansion was possible because of Glenwood’s ninth and largest capital campaign, which raised $10 million. Several individuals and organizations have provided financial contributions toward this service expansion. To provide space for the expansion, Glenwood renovated a warehouse on their Avondale campus to meet the needs. Stephen Coker is the architect for the project, and Douglas Built, LLC handled construction of the 7,500 square feet expansion.

“Glenwood’s Arts Center is staffed with trained, talented, and compassionate people. It is a critical component for helping with the well-being and happiness of the individuals who are served in Glenwood’s housing and attend its schools and day programs,” said Oliver. Structured hands-on experiences such as painting, working with clay, drawing, singing, and drumming are offered.

Intense Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is offered one-on-one and in group settings for children with autism ages 2-6 years old in Glenwood’s Children’s Center. ABA is a scientifically based treatment that is conducted to bring about positive and meaningful changes in behavior. It is a highly individualized treatment based on the principles of human behavior with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. 

“With 1 in 54 children diagnosed with autism each year, the need for these services is great. Glenwood is proud to offer these critical therapies to more children in the community. We are so thankful for the volunteers who raised the money and the donors who contributed to make these leading-edge services possible,” said Oliver.

Glenwood is unique in offering a continuum of care in which services are offered to children as young as 18 months and throughout their lifespan. The Avondale campus adds to Glenwood’s Birmingham presence of diagnostic, educational, and living arrangements on the main campus off of Sicard Hollow Road and throughout the community.

Click here photos of the renovation progress.

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Honoring Glenwood Employees

Glenwood is blessed by amazing employees. The experience, commitment, and care our staff bring to their work are what make Glenwood what it is today. Glenwood recently honored long-standing team members, recognizing over 410 years of collective service. Many of those employees have worked at Glenwood for over 20 years! Consistency in routine and people who care is an invaluable service they dedicate to people who need it most. It takes heart, commitment, and passion to provide the services at Glenwood. One employee, Michelle Carlisle, said it best, “You must be passionate about your work and see each person we serve as unique.” Michelle knows what it takes to care for the individuals like family. She has worked at Glenwood for over 30 years in the Adult Services programs.

Our staff often tell us that the people we serve teach us more than we teach them. Dora Gunn shared that one thing she has learned is, “Thankfulness. Things don’t have to be perfect to be happy.” Dora has worked at Glenwood for over 30 years providing education services at Allan Cott and Lakeview Schools.

We cannot thank Michelle, Dora, and all the employees who provide quality care directly to people who need it most. Glenwood staff, thank you for all that you do! See below for all employees who were honored at the event.

Meet Richetta

Richetta has worked at Glenwood for almost 21 years. She works with children who have autism and live in Glenwood homes. She is dependable, hard-working, and creative. Seeing a smile on a child’s face whom she has been supporting is one of her biggest motivators. Richetta says she is happiest when she is helping create special experiences for children to enjoy. Some favorites are the talent show, July Fun in the Sun, making t-shirts, and even a fashion show. “Seeing the individuals we serve enjoy fun activities makes me proud of what we do,” Richetta said.


Supporting Our Team

Providing services 24 hours a day is a challenging job. Glenwood supports employees by providing opportunities for self-care, including generous time off. Recently, we opened a workout space on the main campus, giving employees the opportunity to tend to their physical health. Our Recreational Instructor has also embraced the autumn leaves and leads staff hikes on several campus trails. It’s a great way for team members to practice self-care, get to know one another better, and familiarize themselves with campus trails that they can later lead residents and students to enjoy.



35+ Years

James L Dickerson


30+ Years

Michelle S Carlisle
Dora M Gunn

25+ Years

Henrietta  Bester
Bryan M Bridges
Angelia Parker Douglas
Joseph Timothy Higginbotham

20+ Years

Connie T Birdsong
Tremayne M Freeman
Eric  Hill
David  Jones
Richetta Lynn Rush
Nikitta L Savage


15+ Years

Jermaine  Jackson
Arieal M Rogers
Brian D White

10+ Years

Marilyn Louise Hill
Elizabeth Rose Dansby
Charles Luther Motley
Toccara Denise Collins
Rebecca Renea Rose


5+ Years

Caroline Elizabeth Blackwell Stacey  Jelks
Carolyn  Boswell Wanda  Lawson
Quanesha  Boyd Ephionny  Morton
Roger  Chaney Earma  Myricks
Martie J Coleman Shervanae S Scott
Jasmine  Crump Savanna  Smith
Philip  Fowhand Joseph  Stanbridge
Perneitheia Rene Gamble Sherri Jo Williams-Stevenson
Telysa  Harris Talentheya Latoya Woods
Surella  Hill  

2+ Years

Thomas  Bernal Tiffany Kentae Little
Steven  Bishop Sonya  Lockett
Rebecca  Brothers Kelsay  Lockhart
Eanjle C. Browder Zackery  Mcclain
Jason D Bryan Kim  Montgomery
Daveesha  Buchanan Brandy Onesia Motley
Laroyale  Byrd Orrico  Nelson
Selina  Conwell William  Njogu
Wanda  Craig  Destiny Storm Norman
Ashley  Crawford Arnetia Shakira Owens
Brandon  Davis Kevin Eugene Pippens
Regina Danielle Dearman Lauren  Price
Darlene  Drake Janitra L Ragland
Druscilla  Durrah Andreneka  Rivera
Ghafona Mabel Erhumwunsee Tamika  Roberson
Crystal G Gibson Haggai  Sankori
Gabrielle  Grayson Onea  Scott
Shyheem  Green Jessica Nichols Thompson
Tameka S Holmes Alicia  Triggs
Kaneisha  Johnson Christa  Whitacre
Haley  Johnson Margan  White
Cynthia  Killian Brittney  Williams
Caleb Alan Larue Robbie  Wright
Tamekia  Lawhorn  


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Glenwood Trail System

Did you know that Glenwood’s main campus offers hiking and walking trails? One trail on Glenwood’s campus is the product of three different volunteer projects over the past year. Last fall, Eagle Scout, Erik Brunsvold, completed the first third of the trail from the Waterfront to the tip of the peninsula at Turkey Foot Lake. This past July, a large group of Church of the Highlands’ Serve Day Volunteers extended the trail another 200 yards to the next stream crossing. About a month ago, another Boy Scout, Anderson Camp, completed his Eagle Scout Project which tied the connector to a home on campus creating a completed trail!!! All of these volunteers helped create something special during a challenging year. The value of this trail is something that will provide easy access to enjoy the outdoors. Glenwood’s main campus provides a beautiful and peaceful place for residents, students, and staff.


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