The Junior Board of Community Grief Support will host their 3rd Annual “Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival” on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Brookwood Village in the upper parking lot of Macy’s. More than 5,000 attended last year and more than $40,000 was raised! The Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Fest is part competition, part celebration of the south’s favorite comfort food, and an important fundraiser for CGS. We look forward to having you join us this year! (For more information on becoming a vendor or sponsor for 2019, contact Elise Foster at 205/870-8667 or communitygriefsu@bellsouth.net. Vendor and sponsor spots fill up quickly.) To purchase Early Bird Tickets, go to: macfestbhm.com

2019 Vendors So Far Include:

Eat the Batter by Phylicia
Eugene’s Hot Chicken
Irondale Café/Fried Green Tomatoes
Katie’s Plates
Little Savanah
Panera
Panoptic Catering
The Southern Kitchen and Bar
Fetch: A Treat Truck for Dogs
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Cheesecake Empori-yum
Cheezin Food Truck
Dr. BBQ
Iron City Grill
Newk’s
Nothing But Noodles

2018 Vendors included:

The Southern Kitchen and Bar
The Cheesecake Empori-Yum!
Swamp Monster BBQ
John’s City Diner
California Pizza Kitchen
Sol’s Sandwich Shop and Deli
Irondale Café/Fried Green Tomatoes
Sky Castle Birmingham
Nothing But Noodles
Sherry’s Café, Cakes, & Catering
Ivory LeShore’s Gourmet Bread Pudding & Cheesecake
Fetch: A Treat Truck For Dogs
Simply Infused Olive Oil Shop
Joel’s Southern Cooking
Katie’s Plates
Carlile’s Barbecue
Panoptic Catering
Brick & Tin
Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods
Eat the Batter Vegan

For information about becoming a vendor or sponsor for 2019, call Elise Foster at 205/870-8667. Vendor and sponsor spots fill up quickly.

2nd Annual “Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival”
Click the thumbnails below to see photos (Photos by Catherine Pittman Smith)

16th Annual “Lift Your Spirits” Party & Auction will be themed “It’s a Wonderful Life” Honoring John P. Darnall, III

Darnall John III

CGS has chosen a special movie theme for “Lift Your Spirits” this year as we will be honoring the special life contributions of one of our own—John P. Darnall, III. John has been associated with Community Grief Support for more than 23 years—as a longtime member of its board of directors from 1996-2015; chairman of the board from 2007-2010; and as a member of the CG S Advisory Council from 2015 to Present.

The CGS Board of Directors presented John with a special resolution stating that because of his contributions to CGS over the years, we will honor him at this year’s event, which will be held Thursday, October 24, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Vestavia Country Club. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the emcee for the evening will be 99.5’s Matt Murphy. There will be silent and live auctions led by Jack Granger, auctioneer #873. And for the first time, there will be a DJ playing lively dance music.

John Darnall’s bio reads like one of Who’s Who in Birmingham: He is retired from Brasfield & Gorrie (a long-time corporate supporter of CGS) where he served the company for 41 years. He was one of the founders of Brasfield & Gorrie and served as a principal and corporate officer during this time. He was largely responsible for the earlier growth of the healthcare industry sector for the company. Brasfield & Gorrie has been ranked 1, 2, or 3, as a leading construction company in healthcare according to Modern Healthcare magazine. As Executive Vice President, he served healthcare clients throughout the Southeast. He was involved in client development, project management, estimating, and strategic planning. A 1958 graduate of Auburn University, he received his B.S. in Building Science. He also served in the Corp of Engineer and Army Reserves and achieved the rant of First Lt. He worked in the construction industry for over 50 years.

He is currently a board member for Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama, CGS Advisory Council, and Brasfield & Gorrie Advisory Board. He is past board member of Easter Health Systems, YMCA Metropolitan Board, and Re-entry Ministries. He is a member of the Birmingham Rotary Club, and past member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He attends St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and currently serves as chairman of St. Luke’s Foundation Board. He served on the Vestry 3 terms and 2 terms as Sr. Warden.

John was appointed to the Certificate of Needs Board of the State Health Planning Agency by Governor Bob Riley, where he served seven years as a board member. In his industry, he was awarded the “Cornerstone Award” by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and the American Subcontractors Association’s (ASA) “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Through his involvement with scouting, he has been honored with the “Distinguished Eagle Award,” “Silver Beaver Award, “James E. West Fellow Award,” “Eagle Scout,” and “Order of the Arrow.” He was also honored by Re-Entry Ministry in 2003. John is married to Tina Darnall (Jane Marie Thomason), has 3 sons, and 8 grandchildren.