Vulcan Park Foundation announces 2018 The Vulcan Community Award winners. Honorees include UAB pioneer Scotty McCallum

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Birmingham’s beloved Vulcan, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

The Vulcan® Park Foundation  announced this week, the 2018 honorees for the fifth annual The Vulcans Community Awards.

One of the region’s most prestigious honors, The Vulcan Community Awards recognize 13 citizens who exemplify civic pride, leadership and progress in five award categories: Lifetime Achievement, Newcomer, Hero, Game Changer and Servant Leadership. Honorees are selected from the Birmingham metropolitan area: Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker Counties.

Recipients were chosen by an independent panel and honorees will be recognized at the annual dinner on Nov. 1 at The Club in Homewood.

Birmingham Alabama
Statue of Charles “Scotty” McCallum on the campus of UAB. McCallum was President of UAB in 80s & 90s and Mayor of Vestavia Hills in 2000s. photo by Pat Byington

2018 Honorees

The year’s Honorees are:

The Vulcans

The Vulcans Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Charles Scotty McCallum, Jr. -Former University of Alabama at Birmingham President
Hero: Sean Fredella- Morthan4
Newcomer: Jenny Short- Jasper Main Street
Game Changer: Edward K. Aldag, Jr.- Medical Properties Trust
Servant Leadership: J.W. Carpenter- Birmingham Education Foundation

Screenshot from CNN’s Making an Impact segment about President Austin Perine of Birmingham.

The Spear

Spears Heroes: Timothy Alexander- University of Alabama at Birmingham Football and Austin Perine – Show Love Inc.
Newcomers: Christopher Nanni-  Community Foundation Foundation of Greater Birmingham and Lizzi Wilkerson- Red Mountain Grace
Game Changers: Brian Hawkins – We are Rtists (WAR) and Dr. Hollie Cost – City of Montevallo Mayor
Servant Leadership: Lisa Borden – Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and Marvell Bivins – The University of Alabama System

“As I learn about the contributions these 13 individuals made in our area, I’m reminded of the words Dr. King said – ‘everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service,’” said Ashley Thompson, Director of Development of Vulcan Park Foundation. “This year’s recipients can all be classified as great. They come from different backgrounds, various communities and a range of ages, yet they all have the same inspiration – to work and encourage others.”

Lifetime Award winner Dr. Scotty McCallum

Previous lifetime achievement award winners have included Charles Collat, Odessa Woolfolk, Judy Merritt and Cameron Vowell.

This year’s honoree is UAB pioneer and third President  Scotty McCallum. After UAB, in 2000, McCallum was elected Mayor of Vestavia Hills and served two terms. During his time as mayor, he brought more businesses in the city,  strengthened the school system and pushed for the annexation of Cahaba Heights.

Bham Now Vulcan Park and Museum
Photo of Eric P. Jacks and Charles Collat at the 2017 Vulcan Community Awards by Vulcan Park and Museum

Tickets and sponsorships available

A can’t miss community event. Tickets and tables are now available for purchase at There are still Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds from ticket purchases are used to support Vulcan Park and Museum’s mission.

To learn more about the recipients or to get involved, contact the Vulcan Park and Museum Development Department at 205.203.4817 or email

The Vulcans Community Awards are presented by Vulcan Materials Company with additional support from Alabama Power, Coca-Cola, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and media partners WBRC Fox 6 News and Starnes Media.

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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