|Inspirational Stories, Emotional Moments Highlight Tribute Evening|
Saturday night, August 5th was a wonderful evening at Birmingham’s Lyric Theater as United Ability honored long-time Birmingham volunteer leader and philanthropist Ronne Hess. Ronne has devoted much of her adult life to helping people with disabilities and she was honored for her dedication, commitment and financial generosity.
United Ability, formerly United Cerebral Palsy, is, according to the agency’s website, “A nonprofit that provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives.”
A leading member of our Jewish community, Ronne also has served in many Jewish leadership roles including President of the Birmingham Jewish Federation, President of Collat Jewish Family Services and board member of the Joint Distribution Committee, an international rescue and relief agency.
In her remarks, she encouraged everyone in the audience to become an advocate for the disabled and “to notice such people” rather than turning away from them. Ronne also reflected on growing up in the small Alabama town of Jasper and, as a young girl, being exposed to a little girl with cerebral palsy which left a great impression on her.
Jewish community member Dr. Michael Saag, a well-known UAB physician, moderated the program. It featured unique dance entertainment by the group “Catapult” and inspirational stories from people who’ve been challenged by disabilities.
All in all it was a wonderful evening that showcased the work of United Ability. The event also substantially exceeded its fundraising goal and acquainted many people with the work and impact of this important agency.
The Birmingham Jewish Federation applauds Ronne for her commitment to this cause and thanks her for her decades-long dedication to making life better for others.