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Aldridge Gardens reflects power of putting down roots

October 28, 2009

Once upon a time, the Hoover property that now makes up Aldridge Botanical Gardens was the home of Eddie and Kay Aldridge. On Oct. 27, the house that has become the headquarters for the gardens once again became a place for the Aldridges to greet their guests, as honorary hosts for the Community Builder Legacy Society lunch of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

Despite the dreary weather, every enjoyed their meal and the great stories of long-ago donors like John Gadd and Annie Torrance. Their legacy gifts to the Community Foundation in the past make possible exciting initiatives today, such as Yes We Can! Birmingham to support Birmingham City Schools and the Three Parks Initiative to make our community a national leader in open space. We also heard from Maria Campbell, Eddie Friend and Eddie Aldridge, three of those who are planning legacy gifts today that will support our community and a variety of specific charitable purposes forever.

We love the opportunity to honor our Community Builders today for their gifts that will make possible the transformational work of the Community Foundation in the future. If you want to know more about how you can be part of our work through your own legacy gift, contact Erin Stephenson, our Director of Gift Planning, or go to our website for more about Community Builders.

And, whenever you get the chance, visit Aldridge Gardens as a reminder of how we all can put down roots today that will bear great fruit in years to come.

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