2016 November Spotlight


The Hargrove Foundation is hosting its second annual gala on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 6:00 p.m. at the Admiral Hotel Mobile in downtown Mobile, Alabama. You are invited! Join us for a presentation from keynote speaker Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army (ret.). General Honoré is best known for serving as commander of Joint Task Force Katrina responsible for coordinating military relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina-affected areas across the Gulf Coast.

Guests will enjoy cocktails from 6-7pm followed by a seated dinner during the presentation.

To support the Hargrove Foundation and hear General Honoré speak, get your tickets today by clicking here.


The Hargrove Foundation is excited to sponsor the new Cook Museum of Natural Science under construction in downtown Decatur and anticipated to open in late 2017.

The 62,000 square foot location will feature 11 permanent exhibits focusing on North American biomes. This state-of-the art facility will serve the people of North Alabama and the Southeast as a legitimate educational destination and cultural venue for various programs and meetings.

The museum will offer significant tourism opportunities and will enhance our region as a premier destination. Additional features include: Educational programming, live animals & aquariums, native plant landscaping, café with outdoor patio, three classrooms, theater, museum store, mounted wildlife from across North America, and collections of rocks, minerals, shells, and coral.

Pictured above are Hargrove Teammates Dan Seales, PE, and Greg Blankenship, PE, with Jeanne Payne, Development and Membership Director of the Cook Museum.


The United Cerebral Palsy’s Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament was founded in 2007 by Lockley Shell, a C+A Teammate in Mobile, and Chris Conken with TrustMark Bank. It was started in a parking lot on the causeway with a fold out table, a fish scale and a goal of making a difference. The tournament has come a long way from its humble beginnings and has experienced tremendous growth each year. It continues to build on its success and with the help of our sponsors and participants. The tournament has raised over $75,000 in the past nine years.

Held on the first Saturday in May, the fishing tournament is a family friendly event and a favorite among local competitive anglers. The categories include speckled trout, white trout, flounder, and redfish. In 2017, they will celebrate their 10th anniversary of raising money and awareness for the UCP. The UCP’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities.The UCP’s Mobile chapter services over 20 counties in south Alabama and relies on our tournament to help fund its operations each year.

"'Hooked up to Help' is our slogan and making a difference is our aim," says Lockley Shell. "We appreciate the sustained success of this annual tournament and are proud to support their efforts toward curing and treating cerebral palsy."



In August, the Hargrove Foundation was able to support Goodwill Easter Seals with a substantial donation to their West Mobile Recycling Center. This donation is an investment in the future of our community and the Hargrove Foundation is proud to partner with an organization that makes such a positive impact in the lives of so many.




Mobile Teammate Bob Kelly and the Hargrove Foundation teamed up to contribute $2,000 in college scholarships for students participating in the 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile program.  During the annual 100 Black Men Gala at the Mobile Convention Center, rising seniors Holly Stringfellow and Darius McCray received $1,000 each in Hargrove-Kelly Scholarships.  Holly plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi this fall, while Darius will attend Alabama A&M.  

We’ve also made another substantial donation to the University of S. Alabama to continue endowing our scholarship.



The Hargrove Foundation is sponsoring the Shockwaves Sports League in Gonzales, Louisiana. The league consists of five baseball teams (ages 7-11) that will compete in USSSA baseball tournaments throughout the southeast beginning in 2017. Practice for the upcoming season has begun, and the players are excited to represent their families and sponsors. As a key league sponsor, Hargrove will be advertised at all games and on the team’s website. Hargrove Teammates Elizabeth Jones and Ric Reulet each have children participating in the league. In addition to teaching baseball, teamwork and sportsmanship, the Shockwave players and families are focused on community service which creates a great partnership for the Hargrove Foundation.


If you have not yet heard, The Hargrove Foundation has partnered with Amazon Smile as one of Amazon’s featured charities. To support the Hargrove Foundation, visit Smile.Amazon.com when making purchases and select The Hargrove Foundation as your preferred charity. This will allow Amazon to donate 0.5% of your purchase price on eligible items. This is done at no extra cost to you! The partnership has already started to pay off, so don’t forget to join in and donate this holiday season!


Heroes on the Water (HOW) helps our Nation’s warriors and veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. What looks like a day trip of paddling and fishing is in fact something much deeper and long-lasting. Their mission is to help warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.

Founded in 2007, the unique kayak fishing program allows participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in local communities around the country. Participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, as well as angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers.

Over 30,000 warriors and families have been served by HOW. Some of the benefits of kayak fishing for our veterans include; 56% reduction in overall stress, 62% reduction in hyper vigilance and a 63% reduction in avoidance behavior. The local South Alabama Chapter is one of 81 chapters nationwide, started in August of 2016.

Heroes on the Water held an intro to kayaking class for veterans and active duty on October 1st and the first tournament as an official chapter was held on October 15th. Beginning next spring they will hold monthly kayak fishing events on the third Saturday of every month. The Hargrove Foundation has been a sponsor for the last three years, and 100% of the donation goes to support local veterans and active duty personnel.

As a new chapter, the South Alabama group is still in need of several items and donations to help better serve our local warriors. If you are a veteran or have a family member that is a veteran that could benefit from HOW, please feel free to contact Teammate Brian Carson.