3 local heroes + important nonprofits just won Samford Medallion Awards

Samford Medallion Award
Samford University president honors our local heroes. Photo via Samford University

Samford University gave some of The Magic City’s leaders a big shoutout this week at the Samford Medallion Awards. Jimmie Hale Mission, Sowing Seeds of Hope and Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief were honored for the work they do in our state.

What are the Samford Medallion Awards?

On Monday, November 1, Samford University honored some of our local heroes. Also, the university gave $1000 to the three nonprofits. These leaders won awards due to making a difference in churches and community life. This event started the University President Beck A. Taylor’s inauguration week.

Jimmie Hale Mission

Samford Medallion Awards
This nonprofit helps Birmingham men in need. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Let’s give a cheer for retired Executive Director Tony Hale. He won an award for his work at Jimmie Hale Mission. When downtown Birmingham homeless men need help, this nonprofit provides the following:

  • Education
  • Job readiness
  • Recovery program for drug or alcohol abuse
  • Spiritual support

“So many lives were forever changed by the Mission over the 29 years Tony led this organization.

He is so deserving of this recognition due to his leadership, passion and selfless service towards the homeless and those suffering from addiction in our community.”

Michael Coleman, Executive Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Executive Director Francis Ford also received an award. She serves Perry County at Sowing Seeds of Hope. Overall, this nonprofit:

  • Betters housing
  • Holds parenting support groups 
  • Gives health education and screenings
  • Promotes reading and writing

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief also got a shoutout. Lead relief strategist Mark Wakefield accepted the award. They help Alabama communities ruined by natural disasters. When there’s people in need, they give:

  • Childcare
  • Food
  • Laundry
  • Repairs
  • Showers
  • Water

Also, like the Samford Medallion Awards, we’re proud of the hard work these leaders do for The Magic City. Let’s give them a big cheer.

Are you proud of these local leaders? Tag us @bhamnow to let us know!

Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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