• Children's of Alabama





Dear Friends and Supporters,


Our community supported Children’s in record numbers in 2018, highlighted by an extremely generous $3 million gift from Trustee Jimmy Lee. In recognition, the Board of Trustees named the new office building rising on the north end of our campus in his honor. The recognition plaque inside the James C. Lee Building will read as follows:


James C. (“Jimmy”) Lee, III is the fourth generation of the Lee family to lead the Buffalo Rock Company, which has grown to become the largest single family-owned Pepsi-Cola bottler in the country. Jimmy joined the Children’s Board in 1992, and his many years of distinguished service on behalf of the children we serve include his term as Chairman of the Board in 2014 and 2015, and his influential role on the Investment Committee. In 2018, the Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees resolved unanimously to name this building in recognition of Jimmy Lee’s long-time service and lifetime of generous philanthropic support.


Children’s received gifts large and small, from every corner of the state and beyond, speaking to the depth and breadth of our story. Individuals, corporations, groups, programs, patient families and friends united in more than 20,000 non-capital gifts for a record $20.2 million in philanthropy. Of course, we cannot list everyone. But in particular, the successful completion of the mini campaign for the Robotics and Mobility Program for Physical and Occupational Therapy, and the much-anticipated launch of the Psychiatric Intake Response Center in partnership with Anne B. LaRussa’s Foundation of Hope, are two high-impact examples of how our donors dramatically accelerate our progress on critical initiatives to broaden our services.


Our 35th year as a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals showed good growth in key markets, highlighted by the recognition of the University of Alabama Dance Marathon as one of our community “Pillars” for reaching the $1 million mark. The Monday Morning Quarterback Club and the United Way continue to form a critical foundation for our mission, while members of our Board and the Committee for the Future continue to give annually at the Family Friends level. Remarkably, over 1,500 Children’s employees also gave as members of the Century Club, doubling down on the idea of giving at the office.


Poignantly, we received over $1 million in bequests from the estates of George Kilpatrick, Eva Venuti and longtime volunteer Johnnie Robertson, and added a number of new donors to Generations, our legacy society, in recognition of their commitment to Children’s in their wills and estate plans. A record year says something beautiful about our mission. And our donors, too.


With sincere thanks,


Coke S. Matthews, III

Executive Vice President, Alabama Children’s Hospital Foundation

Chief Development Officer, Children’s of Alabama

Our Generous Donors






Abby Nicholas and Loni Hodge founded the Baby Steps Memorial Run 11 years ago to celebrate the short lives of the children they lost. The annual event invites grieving families and friends to come together to remember their loved ones in a supportive, uplifting and caring environment. Baby Steps draws more than 500 participants every year and has raised more than $100,000 for The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, which offers free grief counseling to parents and grandparents who have suffered the loss of a child, as well as children who have lost loved ones.




The University of Alabama Dance Marathon (UADM) is a student-run philanthropy that benefits Children’s of Alabama. Students spend a year gaining leadership, teamwork, and nonprofit business experience while raising funds and awareness for Children’s. The year culminates with an eight- to 40-hour dance marathon on the Tuscaloosa campus. During the 2017-2018 academic year, UADM raised $341,000 with more than 1,500 students in roles ranging from executive board members, committee chairs and members, and general fundraisers called “Miracle Makers.” UADM raises more money than any other student group at the university. Since its inception in 2011, UADM’s efforts have raised more than $1 million for Children’s, joining the ranks of just 41 donors to receive a Pillar of the Community.




James C. “Jimmy” Lee, III, pictured second from right, has been a member of the Children’s of Alabama Board of Trustees since 1992. Lee’s $3 million planned gift was the exclamation point of the year. Children’s new office building currently under construction is named for Lee not just because of his gift, but also because of his career-long commitment of time and resources to Children’s mission of providing the finest pediatric health services to all children.