Local high school student honors his father’s legacy + creates organization to assist cancer patients

The Cool Cat Club
Founder of the Cool Cat Club Peter Anella with team members Amalia Trujillo, Tanner Gray and Hall Welborn. Photo courtesy of Peter Anella

Most of us spent the long months of quarantine shutdowns and self-isolating binging “Selling Sunset” or searching Pinterest recipes for how to make bread in a mason jar. Peter Anella, however, a high school student at Oak Mountain, and three of his friends were brainstorming a concept to help alleviate the pain, stress, and even financial burden of cancer patients. The Cool Cat Club is making the heavy battle against cancer a little lighter and you can help too.

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3 reasons your organization should raise money with the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend in 2020

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Areal View of Mercedes Benz Marathon Racers
Are those runners or ants? It’s hard to tell from this high up… Photo provided by Endurance Imaging.

‘Tis the season of giving, so why not raise money for your favorite charity or nonprofit organization? On Feb 14-16, 2020, the 19th annual Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend will commence. The weekend of running events gives the Birmingham community the chance to come together and raise money for a charity of their choosing. 

So, lace up your running shoes and keep on reading for everything you need to know about getting your organization involved in the Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend. 

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Barktoberfest

Dog & Beer Lovers UNITE! Come celebrate in Oktoberfest fashion, Hand in Paw style, with your furry friend by your side! Drink local beer, participate in the popular doggie costume contest, get a drawing of your pup, and so much more all while supporting Hand in Paw. $20 TICKET GETS YOU: – one beer ticket – entry into the pet costume contest – entry into the stein hoist contest – access to 2 doggie caricature artists – novelty cup – hot dogs available for first 200 attendees – access to the Hand in Paw photo booth Local vendors will be present for food! *no refunds will be issued, this is a rain or shine event. Tickets will also be sold at the door night-of**

September in Birmingham: A Guide to National Observances

There’s a lot of national observances on any given day. Some well known and loved like International Talk Like a Pirate Day, some less so, like Squirrel Appreciation Day. Some are for a good cause, some are just fun, and others have dedicated followings (like Hobbit Day).

If you are looking for a good excuse, however, to drink beer for charity and chow down on some pancakes in the name of patriotism, here is a guide to how to celebrate some of the September observances in Birmingham.

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Help Out Here: Reaching Out To Birmingham Women

I didn’t make it to any marches today. It was Shabbat and some things in my life come first. This week’s Parsha, or Torah reading, was the first section of Exodus where we learn about Moses’ life which famously starts of with the decree from Pharaoh that all Jewish baby boys are to be thrown in the Nile. Yocheved, Moses’ mother, has some other ideas about what to do with her newborn boy (as well as some of the local Jewish midwives who decide to go against Pharaoh’s wishes).

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