Bobby Humphrey LETTERMEN of the IRON BOWL Luncheon a Huge Success!

Legendary Crimson Tide and NFL star Bobby Humphrey gave a moving, inspirational message about overcoming obstacles to a luncheon crowd of 110 men and women yesterday at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood, AL. His message of hope compelled everyone to become the type of person who lifts up and encourages the broken, hurting, lost and those less fortunate. Two brief but heart-touching testimonies from Michael Daniel and Cleo Mallory spoke of the impact that the SAFE HAVEN program has had in transforming their lives over the past year.

The barbeque luncheon was sponsored by The LETTERMEN of the IRON BOWL, a new non profit organization that has partnered with The Firehouse Shelter to impact the homeless community of Birmingham, AL. Darryl Fuhrman, Executive Director of The LETTERMEN of the IRON BOWL, felt the event "exceeded his expectations and laid the groundwork for future successful speaker luncheons" that will call attention to and raise awareness of the many varied and complex needs The Firehouse Shelter deals with everyday.

There were several former Alabama and Auburn football players in attendance, including for Alabama head coach Ray Perkins. Coach Perkins traveled all the way from his home in Mississippi to support his former players and gave a short message inviting the crowd to make a difference for our homeless men by making a financial contribution to our ministry.

The food and all the fixins were catered by Joe Maloof at Full Moon BBQ. Special thanks go out to: Wayne Salem at Salem's Diner for serving as our ticket outlet for the event, Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church for hosting the luncheon, and Good Day Alabama crew at FOX 6 for helping us promote our first-ever speaker luncheon. Working behind the scenes to pull off this successful event were Shelter staff members: Anita Jones, Kelly Wallace, Rob Davis, Anne Wright, Nicole Arlain and Clyde Chisholm.

Marc Corsini of Corsini Consulting was the emcee and provided technical support and Chuck Watkins of New Leaf Design videotaped the event (which will be aired in the near future on The Firehouse Shelter's YouTube channel). All proceeds will benefit The Firehouse Shelter's SAFE HAVEN program which serves the homeless men who have a diagnosed serious mental illness.