Hope Society Dinner

Above: Dr. Max Michael, Mallie Ireland, Lee Yount and Cullom Walker with artwork created by artists in Glenwood’s programs for adults with autism.

The event: Dinner ”Party With Two Purposes” honoring Glenwood Hope Society members at Donnelly House.

The scene: The second annual dinner was hosted by Glenwood, the Autism and Behavioral Health Center of Alabama. The evening celebrated Glenwood’s partnership with the UAB School of Public Health, and a special welcome was given to its dean, Dr. Max Michael of Forest Park.

Lee Yount of Hoover, Glenwood President/CEO, presented Cullom Walker Jr. and Nancy Smith of Mountain Brook artwork created by artists in Glenwood’s programs for adults with autism. Walker and Smith, 2007-08 Hope Society co-chairpersons, raised more than $100,000 in support of Glenwood.

A silver bowl filled with orchids by Uncut Flowers centered the dinning room table. Members enjoyed a buffet of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, stuffed mushrooms, Japanese breaded chicken strips, fresh tomato and buffalo mozzarella bruschetta, blue crab ceviche with Louisiana crawfish cream, three olive tapenade, inside round of beef, mini molten chocolate tortes, red velvet cakes and cheesecake.

Hope Society members are Birmingham residents dedicated to funding autism and mental health treatment, education and research at the nonprofit Glenwood.

Spotted: Hope Society founding members Walker and founding chairpersons Mallie and Glenn Ireland, all of Mountain Brook, welcomed society members Joe Carter of Birmingham; Fay and Bill Ireland of Shoal Creek; Gina Kitchens of Liberty Park; Robin and James Meador-Woodruff, Leigh Anne and Sid Philips, Karen and Barry Saunders and Kacy and Guy Mitchell of Mountain Brook; Dottie Mitchell of Cahaba Heights; Ellen and Max Michael of Forest Park; and Colin and Guy Mitchell of Crestline.

More attending were Lindsay and Lee Ascherman of Mountain Brook; Mary Lynne and Eli Capilouto and Rebecca Sibley of Crestline; Eddie Finn of Chelsea; Elizabeth Griffith of Hoover; Jan and Larry Hanson of Vestavia Hills; Rajesh Kumar Kana of Homewood; Laura and Mark Klinger of Tuscaloosa; Joan Ohrn and Adrienne and Bill Thompson of Hoover; Stephanie Bethke Stoll of Riverchase; Cinda Walchli of Alabaster; Clarice and Walt Wortham of Fairfield; and Angie and Philip Young of Tuscaloosa.

Glenwood was established in 1973 to educate and treat children, adolescents, adults, and families affected by autism and mental illness in Alabama.