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Sirote Shareholder's Judith Todd & Eddie Friend Named as Philanthropy Day Winners by Not-For-Profit Organization

August 25, 2008

Sirote & Permutt Shareholders Judith F. Todd and Edward M. "Eddie" Friend III are among those who have selected to be honored by the Alabama Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at the 27th annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon. Winners will be honored at the luncheon later this fall, for their creativity, hard work and personal giving to community statewide.

“The winners exemplify the true meaning of philanthropy,” said Ty Williams, AFP Chapter president. “We salute them for their efforts to change our world for the better.”

Eddie Friend was selected as AFP's Outstanding Civic Leader for 2008. F ollowing the philosophy of his father, Gen. Edward M. Friend Jr., a previous winner of the Civic Leader Award who believed that true happiness came from helping others, Friend is a longtime supporter of Big Brothers-Big Sisters and the only two-term chair of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce . He also has made significant contributions to many civic and charitable organizations, including United Way of Central Alabama and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, where he currently serves as chair of the board and of the 50th anniversary campaign.

Judith Todd was selected by AFP as The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Outstanding Professional Advisor. Working with people in the specialty of estates and trust law has given Todd the opportunity to serve others, helping them plan for their own future as well as the future of the charitable organizations they love. She takes her own charitable commitments seriously as well, helping the YWCA set up its endowment, serving on the first board of The Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham and advising in the creation of the Professional Advisors Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents 27,000 members in 186 chapters worldwide working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The Alabama Chapter has more than 130 members from 85 not-for-profit organizations, consulting firms and corporations in Central Alabama.

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