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The Community Round Table & 251 NOW with Kelly Finley

The Community Round Table & 251 NOW with Kelly Finley

By Kelly Finley

The Community Round Table introduces you to local non-profit organizations, where you can donate your time and talents and make a difference.

"251 NOW with Kelly Finley" is a show about what's happening in the city, businesses you need to know about, local artists, restaurants to visit, health, finance, wellness, community leaders making a positive difference, vibrant topics you and your family and friends are talking about, NOW!
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251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Donna Ward

The Community Round Table & 251 NOW with Kelly FinleyOct 08, 2021

251 NOW with Kelly Finley-- The JMH "Lets Get It" 5k, in memory of PFC Justin Hasty benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project & Semper Fi Fund

251 NOW with Kelly Finley-- The JMH "Lets Get It" 5k, in memory of PFC Justin Hasty benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project & Semper Fi Fund

Sandy Mai Hasty

PFC Justin Hasty's mom & Event organizer

JMH Lets Get It 5k

March 18th--Mobile, AL (Our headquarters will be The Paint Store located at 2051 Airport Blvd, Mobile, AL. 36606 with our race time at 10am.)

Our mission: Remembering & honoring my son with donations made to The Wounded Warrior Project & The America's Fund

*This is our 10th event!
*We still gathered AND raised money all during Covid
*Our 9 year fundraising total is $147,616.00 - an average of $16,400 per year!
*People travel from Missouri, California, North Carolina, Michigan & Florida to participate.
*We are the only local fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project & The America's Fund

Stay Connected:
(251) 423-7210
Address:  418 Coventry Way, Mobile, AL

Mar 05, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--The American Red Cross & how easy it is to help save lives!

The Community Round Table--The American Red Cross & how easy it is to help save lives!

American Red Cross Blood Services 

Shatina Nwosu 

Sickle Cell Account Manager | Donor Recruitment

Mission: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

We discuss:

What is sickle cell disease?

How do blood transfusions help sickle cell patients

Reasons we are not able to donate.

How can the community help?

Stay connected:

(205) 644-3247

Mar 05, 202328:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--13 annual Optimist Pancake Breakfast! All you can eat menu for $10! March 25th 8A-12P
Feb 26, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--One Meal Mobile
Feb 26, 202328:50
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--John 9:3 Foundation
Feb 19, 202324:28
The Community Round Table--Many More Miles & "Deliver Hope"!

The Community Round Table--Many More Miles & "Deliver Hope"!


Pam Denham, Founder, Many More Miles, Baldwin Bone & Joint
Genna VanVarden, Outreach Coordinator, City Hope Church

o For the 19th year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. will host this important community
outreach project, and again partnering with Baldwin County Public Schools –
contributors of over 85% of shoes donated. For the second consecutive year, the local
orthopaedic practice will partner with City Hope Church to achieve excellence in
distribution of shoes to those in need.

o Since its inception, response to the campaign has grown from 200 pairs donated in 2004
to a record-breaking 2,728 pairs contributed most recently. Shoe donations for 2023 are
being accepted now, with final shoe drop-offs received at the 2023 Azalea Trail Run on
Saturday, March 25, in Mobile, Ala.

o Baldwin County students will once again be rewarded for collecting the highest number
of shoes with money for their schools’ new P.E. equipment. Baldwin Bone & Joint will
award cash prizes to P.E. programs to the top three Baldwin County Public Schools who
donate the most shoes. In addition, the class that brings in the most shoes overall will
receive a Chick-fil-a party and the teacher will be awarded a cash prize provided by City
Hope Church.

o Organizations who will benefit from the collected shoes this year include:
 BCBE school closets
 Fostering Together Gulf Coast
 Local DHR donation
 McKemie Place, Mobile
 The Shoulder, Spanish Fort
 Waterfront Rescue Mission, Foley
 Teen Challenge, Bay Minette
 Foster Families participating in Foster Care Awareness Walk – USA Intramural Fields
– Saturday, May 6

o Those interested in participating are encouraged to clean up those gently used athletic
shoes and any other shoes for all ages; bag or tie them together in pairs before dropping
them off at any of the following locations:
 Baldwin Bone and Joint (1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne)
 Office of Dr. Glenn Glass (1303 Main Street, Daphne)
 The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center
 McCoy Outdoor Company
 White-Spunner Realty (3201 Dauphin Street, Mobile)
 Final Drop-off Opportunity: 2023 Azalea Trail Run (March 25)
o In partnership with the ongoing community shoe drive, City Hope Church will host
“Deliver Hope” on Sunday, March 12,   where congregants are encouraged to donate
their gently worn shoes to any of the church’s campuses across the Gulf Coast.
 Which social media platforms are you on? What's your handle?
Facebook – @baldwinboneandjointpc
Instagram – @baldwinboneandjoint
LinkedIn – baldwin-bone-joint
Twitter – @BaldwinBone

call 251.656.3843 or visit
o Baldwin Bone & Joint, PC, 1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne, AL 36526

Feb 19, 202328:50
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Mardi Gras Do’s & Don'ts courtesy of Senior Trooper Anna Peoples (ALEA)
Feb 13, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--Monde Donaldson with the BBB helps you avoid scams & has IRS tips to choosing the best person/company to do your taxes

The Community Round Table--Monde Donaldson with the BBB helps you avoid scams & has IRS tips to choosing the best person/company to do your taxes

Monde Donaldson
Vice President of Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation

No matter your age, no one is immune to scams. In the most recent 2020 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, romance scams continued to be the riskiest scams for ages 55 through 64, and travel/vacation/timeshare scams were again the riskiest for ages 65+. Regardless of the type of scam, BBB recommends the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim.

Tips to spot a potential scam
Watch out for phone fraud. The Federal Trade Commission reports that fraudulent telemarketers often direct their calls at older adults. Scammers will claim to be with a government agent or pose as an bank employee. They may sound friendly and courteous or aggressive and threatening. They may even have a caller ID to match their claims.

However, caller IDs can be easily spoofed and government agencies DON’T make unsolicited calls. It is vital to cultivate a healthy distrust for unsolicited callers and avoid sharing personal information. Never feel pressured to act. When in doubt, hang up the phone and call the official source to verify unexpected or unusual claims. You can also reduce the number of unsolicited calls by registering your phone number with the National Do-Not-Call registry at 1-888-382-1222 or

Know the red flags. Most scammers use common tactics to get your money or personal information. Keep an eye out for the following too-good-to-be-true claims:

“Free,” “low cost,” or “buy one, get one” deal
Request for unusual payment types (i.e. prepaid debit cards or wired funds)
Claims that you only pay postage or administrative fees
Pressure to act now and/or aggressive tones
Deals that must be secured with a credit card or bank account information
Sure-fire investment opportunities
Charities that send 100% of your donation directly to the victims
Only hire trustworthy, licensed contractors.

Strange phone call? Might be an emergency scam:

Watch out for Medicare fraud:

Do your research before making an investment:Think before you click.

Be on guard for “sweetheart” swindles.

Reach out to someone you trust.

Take time to research your purchases.

Guard your personal information carefully. For More Information

This year, United States taxpayers must file their income tax forms before the April 18, 2023 deadline. For many people, major life changes, business ownership, or simply a lack of knowledge about the ever-changing tax laws make finding a trustworthy tax preparer a good idea. That said, not all tax preparers have the same level of experience and training. Here are tips for finding someone you can trust with your finances and sensitive personal information.

Which type of tax preparer is right for you?
First, it’s important to understand the different types of tax preparers and their qualifications. Only enrolled agents, certified public accounts, and attorneys may represent their clients to the IRS on matters such as audits, collection issues, and appeals.

Enrolled Agent (EA):

Certified Public Accountants (CPA):


Non-Credentialed tax preparers:

Most tax preparers are legitimate and competent, but keep in mind that without a national license requirement, they may be working off of their own personal research and experience. Because of this, it is important you conduct a thorough interview with the tax preparer before you hire them.

How to choose the right tax preparer:
When it comes to choosing the right kind of tax preparer for you personally, much will depend on the complexity of your tax situation. After you’ve decided what qualifications your tax preparer needs, the following tips will help you choose someone who is trustworthy and competent:

Review the tax preparer’s credentials.
Be wary of spectacular promises.
Get referrals from fr
Feb 12, 202328:50
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Infirmary Health Systems: voted “Best places to work and the top healthcare system employer in the state of Alabama"!

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Infirmary Health Systems: voted “Best places to work and the top healthcare system employer in the state of Alabama"!

Ashley Rains, Marketing Coordinator, Infirmary Health Systems

We discuss:

Our mission is to treat our patients with a focus on LIFE. This acronym embodies Infirmary Health’s core values of serving our community with a focus on Leadership, Integrity, Family and Excellent Service

  • Infirmary Health is the largest non-governmental, not-for-profit healthcare system in Alabama. IH is comprised of three acute care hospitals, one post-acute care hospital, two rehabilitation hospitals, three ambulatory surgery centers, more than 60 physician practice locations and other affiliates.
  • Infirmary Health earned recognition as one of the “Best places to work and the top healthcare system employer in the state of Alabama,” according to the 2022 America’s Best-in-State Employers list released by Forbes magazine. iHire events at all three hospitals every Thursday for clinical and non-clinical positions (from TMSG).
  • Puppies! Through our Patient Experience team, we’ve developed Paws 4 Life, a pet therapy program at all three hospitals with Pet Partner volunteers.
  • Speaking of volunteers, our hospitals have exciting volunteer opportunities.
  • New partnerships in orthopaedic, new technology, new growth in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Stay Connected:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn: @Infirmary Health and personally, @AshleyHRains

Feb 05, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--The Excelsior Band turns 140 years old!! Happy Mardi Gras!
Feb 05, 202329:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--5th Annual Spirit of Our Ancestors Festival, An Ocean In My Bones
Jan 29, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--Senior Bowl, Jim Nagy

The Community Round Table--Senior Bowl, Jim Nagy

Executive Director/Senior Bowl Game Week Events Senior Bowl Player Parade Nelly Concert Roster Updates Ticket Sales Game Day Tailgating (Fan Fest) What’s the mission of your organization? Get the Best of the Best college football seniors the opportunity to showcase their talents and elevate their draft stock for the NFL Draft. First stage in the draft process.. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE Twitter @seniorbowl @JimNagy_SB Address: 151 Dauphin St. Mobile, AL 36602 Phone: 251-438-2276 Website: 2023 PRACTICE SCHEDULE Tuesday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (NATIONAL) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (AMERICAN) Wednesday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (NATIONAL) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (AMERICAN) Thursday 11:30 am – 1:30 pm (NATIONAL) 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (AMERICAN) Senior Bowl announces partnership with Tailgater Concierge – stick around for game day and contact them for help with all your tailgating needs! Mobile, AL – The Senior Bowl announced today a partnership with Tailgater Concierge, a nationwide provider of premium game day tailgate experiences. As the official tailgating partner, Tailgater Concierge will give Senior Bowl fans a seamless way to tailgate allowing them to spend more time just enjoying their game day experience. “As the most prestigious college all-star game in the country, the Senior Bowl is committed to providing a first-class gameday experience to their fans and this partnership with Tailgater Concierge is proof of that commitment,” said Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy. “Tailgater Concierge not only provides tailgate equipment but also full-service management of game day logistics." Tailgater Concierge will provide fans with an easy and fun way to tailgate at the Senior Bowl by offering a variety of tailgate packages and upgrades like tailgate games, BBQ grills, catering options, and beverage delivery. They will also handle all the set-up, take-down, and clean-up so all fans have to do is show up, have fun and then head to the game. “We are excited to be partnering with the Senior Bowl to help them enhance the game day experience for the fans,” said Jennie LaGrow, Tailgater Concierge Co-Founder and Chief Tailgater. “We are thrilled to be part of the preeminent college football all-star game.” Fans can book their Senior Bowl tailgate on the Tailgater Concierge website Game tickets are on sale and can be purchased online by clicking here. Senior Bowl Announces Nelly Concert Moving to Mardi Gras Park MOBILE, Ala. – The Reese’s Senior Bowl, in response to extraordinarily high levels of social media engagement and general public interest since the original announcement last month, is moving the much-anticipated Nelly concert downtown Mobile on Friday, February 4 from Cathedral Square to the larger space at Mardi Gras Park, which is located at the intersection of Government and Royal Street. The Nelly performance will begin shortly after the conclusion of the Conde Cavaliers parade at approximately 8:00 p.m. “The immediate buzz generated by the original Nelly announcement in early December made this move from Cathedral Square to Mardi Gras Park an easy decision”, said Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. “The social media traction and word-of-mouth excitement in the community have been through the roof. Nelly has mass appeal across all demographics, so we anticipate a much larger crowd than Cathedral Square could reasonably hold.” “The goal of adding the player’s Mardi Gras parade and concert four years ago was to show appreciation for the City of Mobile, our local downtown businesses, and all our loyal game supporters along the Gulf Coast,” adds Nagy. “We feel like Nelly’s performance at a cool venue like Mardi Gras Park with our downtown skyline as the backdrop will create great memories for everyone who attends. We’d like to thank Mayor Stimpson and the City of Mobile Parks & Recreation Department for their cooperation with this move”. Nelly has
Jan 29, 202329:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Mobile Police Chief Paul Prine
Jan 22, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--Meet GOFF with Pikkihead Militia
Jan 22, 202329:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Mobile Mask

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Mobile Mask

Meet Steve Joynt

Mobile Mask

We discuss:
The pandemic and its effects on last year and this year. 
New Orleans and their struggles with police numbers, what about us? 
And lets talk about the Widows - it took me 10 years to get that story. 

Pick up your copy today

Jan 15, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

The Community Round Table--33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

Jan 15, 202328:50
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Picking the right pediatrician for your family! Meet Carey McDade Hancock, MD...
Jan 08, 202324:59
The Community Round Table--US Small Business Administration
Jan 08, 202329:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Holiday beauty secrets with twin Mobile natives on a mission to promote healthy hair & skin!
Dec 18, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--PowerLines Poetry/The Order of Mystic Poets Mardi Gras Ball
Dec 18, 202229:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Meet new Author Joi West Phalo, a Mobile native and a mom/wife/entrepreneur with a book for teens, tweens & adults!

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Meet new Author Joi West Phalo, a Mobile native and a mom/wife/entrepreneur with a book for teens, tweens & adults!

Joi West Phalo- Author/ Influencer 

Founder of She Changes Everything 

We discuss:
The book 15.19.23.
The purpose of the book, the audience and teenage mothers & young adults
MY Journal She Changes Everything
The purpose of the journal, and importance for writing 

Stay Connected:
Facebook, Joi West Phalo
(25) 219-8502

Dec 11, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--UCP of Mobile is giving away $10,000!!! Wayne & Jennifer have details of how your raffle tickets will help thousands of local families!
Dec 11, 202229:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, chatting with the new Director of Development, Diana Brewer

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile, chatting with the new Director of Development, Diana Brewer

Diana Brewer/Development Director/Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile

We discuss:

  1. Overview of who we are, what we do, why, and for whom
  2. What families who stay with us can expect during their stay
  3. Ways to support Ronald McDonald House of Mobile during the holidays—Holiday Wish List; Deck the Doors; Annual Fund
  4. Red Shoe Society
RMHC of Mobile: Our Family Rooms

The Family Rooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital tower and serve as a place of peaceful respite and possess a warm and friendly atmosphere for families to use while remaining merely steps away from their child’s bedside.

Take a peek inside our home away from home

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mobile is a safe haven for families, this is where those families stay and receive the care they need.

Fun Events: Deck the doors, Bunnyhop, Rubber Ducky Regatta, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. You can donate a vehicle or adopt a room and sign up to give monthly. Amazon Smile and Round Up

Stay Connected:

Facebook: rmhcmobile

Instagram: @rmhcmobile

Dec 04, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--Behind The Scenes with Darwin Singleton! We talk, we laugh, we reminisce about our time as co anchors and Darwin's radio/TV journey to Mobile & being Mr. Mardi Gras!

The Community Round Table--Behind The Scenes with Darwin Singleton! We talk, we laugh, we reminisce about our time as co anchors and Darwin's radio/TV journey to Mobile & being Mr. Mardi Gras!

About Darwin Singleton:

2023 marks Darwin's 43rd year of either anchoring or reporting television news. Darwin now wakes up the Gulf Coast as co-anchor of NBC15 Today, teaming up with longtime friend and co-anchor Kelly Foster. Darwin will still offer up on-site reporting, as well as the occasional feature segment that has made him a fixture in the Mobile/Pensacola television community since 1987!

Darwin was born in Hazard, Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains.

He worked in local radio in high school and community college before transferring to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He then worked in radio in Lexington until 1980, switching to television news.

Darwin served as South Kentucky Bureau reporter and, later, police beat reporter for CBS affiliate WKYT-TV in Lexington. He became weekend anchor in his hometown of Hazard for the CBS affiliate WYMT-TV.

In 1987, tired of the snow and cold of winter, Darwin headed south to the Gulf, landing at the local CBS affiliate in Mobile. Late in 1999, Darwin accepted a position at WPMI NBC15 News as a feature reporter with his popular "Here's Darwin!" reports. In 2014 Darwin made the transition to the a.m. anchor desk, giving him another opportunity to communicate with his loyal viewers.

“When I first came to Mobile, my intention was to stay a couple of years and move on,” he says. “Well, that was 30 years ago! Mobile has shown me amazing support over the past three decades. And I’m proud to see how the city and region has progressed. We’re just now hitting our stride, and it’s a great time to be in Mobile!”

Darwin owns a century-old home in Midtown Mobile, in the city's Old Dauphin Way Historic District. He’s a huge support of Mobile’s vibrant downtown. And here at NBC15, Darwin’s passion for Carnival has earned him the nickname of Mobile's Mr. Mardi Gras!

Have a story you'd like to share with Darwin email him:

Dec 04, 202229:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--The History Museum of Mobile presents: Dressing the Abbey Exhibition!

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--The History Museum of Mobile presents: Dressing the Abbey Exhibition!

Dr. Meg McCrummen Fowler/Director 

Melissa Harville/Marketing & Events Manager

We discuss:

  • Dressing the Abbey Exhibition Jan 28-April 22, 2023

History Museum of Mobile is excited to announce its next major exhibition, Dressing the Abbey, opening January 28, 2023. Dressing the Abbey weaves fashion, history, and popular culture into an exhibition featuring the wardrobe from Downton Abbey, one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world.

The exhibition features thirty-five costumes worn by men and women and invites viewers to discover the turbulence of the Edwardian era and the cultural impact of the First World War. From rich country tweeds, to sumptuous evening gowns, to a starched footman's livery, the textiles in this exhibition speak to a transformational moment in art, fashion, design, and history.

  • Upcoming events
  • Memberships

About the History Museum of Mobile:

The History Museum of Mobile is where Mobile’s story begins! Three sites - the History Museum of Mobile, Colonial Fort Condé, and the Phoenix Fire Museum - bring Mobile’s past to life for tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Start your visit at the History Museum of Mobile, where over 20,000 square feet of exhibit space interpret Mobile’s history from pre-Colonial contact to the modern Port City. Don’t miss the new children’s discovery room, where families can explore a French ship, play real African drums, try on colonial clothing, practice basket weaving, and more! Special exhibitions are always changing, so be sure to check the schedule. Your admission also covers Colonial Fort Condé, a partial reconstruction of the 1723 fort built when the French founded Mobile. And don’t miss the Phoenix Fire Museum, where horse-drawn steam engines and antique ladder trucks bring to life Mobile’s proud history of volunteer firefighting.

In March of 2020, the History Museum of Mobile announced a partnership with the Mobile County Commission, the City of Mobile, the Alabama Historical Commission, and community leaders in Africatown to create a landmark exhibition at the under-construction Africatown Heritage House. The nationally anticipated Clotilda: The Exhibition will tell the story of the people aboard the last slave ship to the United States. The pieces of the Clotilda that have been recovered from the shipwreck will be on display in the exhibition, on loan from the Alabama Historical Commission. The exhibition has been curated, developed, and designed in conjunction with the local community and the wider descendent community, and in consultation with experts around the country. When it opens, History Museum of Mobile will operate the Africatown Heritage House as a fourth site.

The History Museum of Mobile is the five-time recipient of the “Best Museum” Nappie, Mobile Bay’s people’s choice award. In 2021, the museum received two awards for innovative programming: the Main Street Mobile’s Chairman’s Certificate and Visit Mobile’s MOBie. The History Museum of Mobile is proud to co-host the 2024 American Association of State and Local History conference. For more information and museum updates, see the annual report PDF FILE and subscribe to our newsletter.

Stay Connected:

  • Facebook @historymuseumofmobile
  • Instagram @historymuseumofmobile
Nov 27, 202224:29
The Community Round Table--United Way of Southwest AL & introducing the new "Basics Southwest Alabama". Jill & Deborah have details right now helping thousands of local families.....

The Community Round Table--United Way of Southwest AL & introducing the new "Basics Southwest Alabama". Jill & Deborah have details right now helping thousands of local families.....

Jill Chenoweth, President & CEO, United Way of Southwest AL Deborah Curry, Program Manager for The Basics Southwest Alabama United Way of Southwest Alabama fights for the health, education, financial stability, and access to life’s basic essentials for every person in every community we serve Essentials: Food, Shelter, Emergency Financial Assistance, Disaster Relief & Recovery 40,493 meals were served in 2019 to clients receiving shelter in Mobile and Washington counties (McKemie Place & Penelope House, Inc.) More than 3.9 million pounds of food was distributed in 2019 in Clarke, Mobile, and Washington counties, equating to approximately 3,284,830 meals with a wholesale value of more than $5 million (Feeding the Gulf Coast) 265 clients in Clarke County were provided financial help with electricity, water, and gas in 2019 at a cost of $14,725.37 (Catholic Social Services) 81% of clients were able to maintain stable housing for at least nine months (Housing First, Inc.) ESSENTIALS COLLABORATIONS Emergency Food & Shelter Program This program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food, shelter, and emergency assistance. In our service area, UWSWA serves as its fiscal manager and the program is governed by a local board. The most recent funding cycle through Phase 37 brought a total of $144,171 in Mobile County and $6,395 in Washington County. Through the additional help from the CARES Act (COVID-19), Mobile county received $205,547 and Washington County received $9,117. United Way 2-1-1 Since its creation in 2007, United Way 2-1-1 has been the nation’s premier referral resource for people who are seeking health and human services information. Locally, through a UWSWA partnership with Lifelines Counseling Services, trained and caring call specialists provide direct access to free and confidential referrals to community services for individuals seeking assistance. In 2019, United Way 2-1-1 continued to serve our communities by answering 12,420 calls and providing 9,416 referrals, along with 1,300 follow-up calls Health: More than 3,000 members participated in comprehensive social recreation activities and physical activities that promote health and well-being in 2019 (Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama) More than $32 million in medications were ordered and dispensed to patients at little or no cost in 2019 through the Patient Assistance Program (Victory Health Partners) Over 14,000 meals were distributed to low-income seniors, both homebound and on-site, in 2019 (Dumas Wesley) 2,186 counseling sessions were provided to 382 new child abuse victims and ongoing counseling throughout 2019 (The Child Advocacy Center) Attendance Collaborations Each year, United Way of Southwest Alabama, Mobile County Public School System, and Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood join a nationwide effort to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month in September and pledge to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing absenteeism in the new school year. Within MCPSS, 3.1% of students, or more than 2,500 students, were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year, according to the latest data from Alabama School Connection. To help promote good attendance, UWSWA and Commissioner Ludgood distribute more than 30,000 flyers with tips for developing good attendance habits to families at every MCPSS elementary school and host Attendance Celebrations to applaud outstanding attendance at Mobile County public elementary schools. We also discuss: · What is The Basics? · Why The Basics? · What are The Basics Principles? Stay Connected: · Facebook: @UnitedWayofSouthwestAlabama · Twitter: @uwswa · Instagram: @uwswa · Linkedin: · You Tube:
Nov 27, 202229:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Meet Matt LeMond (POST, O'Daly's, The Insider Food Hall and more!)

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Meet Matt LeMond (POST, O'Daly's, The Insider Food Hall and more!)

If you have ever enjoyed a date night, a good time or a delicious bite to eat in Downtown Mobile then you have most likely "met" Matt before...he is the owner of POST Crafted Cocktails & Wine Bar, POST on the Hill, O'Daly's Irish Pub, the Insider Food Hall, the Outsider Sports Lounge, Cedar Street Social. 

We discuss:

  • Downtown Development
  • Upcoming projects
  • Football and upcoming events
  • Spring Hill College and encouraging the next generation of business owners
  • MoVember 
  • The importance of Mental Health for men
  • And how his famous moustache tattoo is helping to save's a true conversation starter!

Which social media platforms are you on? What's your handle?
Instagram & Facebook 

Nov 21, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--Kimbertly (Kim) Jones, Author: "Salary Rich and Retirement Poor"
Nov 20, 202228:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--2nd Annual Dia-BEAT IT: Diabetes 5K Run/Walk!
Nov 13, 202224:29
The Community Round Table--The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama
Nov 13, 202229:19
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Heart of Mary School, the historic school saved by a vote, it's alumni & LOVE!
Nov 06, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--Art Soup, Friday November 11th!

The Community Round Table--Art Soup, Friday November 11th!

Corrina Murray, Art Soup (Organizer) 

Connie Guggenbiller, Love All Pantry at Central (Director) 

Art Soup, Nov 11, 6-9 pm, Joachim Street, downtown Mobile during Art Walk  

Tickets are available online at 

Buying tickets early means you get VIP access to select your hand made bowl at 5:30 pm. 

Bowls are made by a dedicated group of local artists, students, and some have been painted by community members from all over the community. 

Our goal this year is: $40,000, or 500,000 lbs of food. Help us feed 2000 local families every month for 6 months. 

Nearly a quarter of all children in Mobile County (22.4%) and 15% of the total population face food insecurity. That is 65,300 residents including 21,890 local children. 

Over 1,000,000 pounds of food was distributed to low-income families in 2021 by Love All Pantry at Central. 

Stay Connected: 

Facebook: artsoupmobile, loveallpantry Instagram: artsoupmobile, loveallpantry or visit the pantry or Art soup pages on Facebook 

1260 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36604 

Nov 06, 202228:50
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Terri Kearns, Our Sisters' Closet
Oct 30, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--The 7th Annual Bras for a Cause Gulf Coast Gala presented by Southern View Media
Oct 30, 202229:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Veronica Bishop; Oak Hollow Farm & Barnwell Community Organization
Oct 23, 202224:59
The Community Round Table--Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy; a FREE pharmacy available for you & your family!
Oct 23, 202228:49
251 NOW with Kelly Finley--100 Things To Do In Mobile Before You Die

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--100 Things To Do In Mobile Before You Die

Author: Jodie Cain Smith

Mobile, Alabama, is proud to be the birthplace of Mardi Gras, but carnival season is just one reason Mobile is a destination city. And 100 Things to Do in Mobile Before You Die is your expert guide to getting around past the Battleship, the cannon, and all of the city’s unique landmarks.

Get tips on where to try the best seafood classics such as flaming oysters, fried crab claws, and West Indies Salad. Tap into an extensive park system offering playgrounds, splash pads, kayaking, fishing, and more, and an art scene to rival cities of any size. This “City of Six Flags” celebrates our diverse culture with historic neighborhoods, unique shopping, art galleries, museums, live music and theater, and one-of-a-kind sporting events—pole vaulting on Dauphin Street, anyone?

Written by a born-and-bred Mobile author and founder of the Mobile Literary Festival, 100 Things to Do in Mobile Before You Die is your guide to the best Mobile has to offer, from family fun at the Exploreum, to invigorating solo escapes on Mobile Bay, and everything in between. Strap on those walking shoes, grab a cold beverage, and devour every delectable morsel found in Mob-Town.

About the Author
Award-winning author and Mobile Literary Festival founder Jodie Cain Smith spent her childhood exploring the shores of Mobile Bay. She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and Northern Michigan University because earning a degree on both the southern and northern border happened by chance and a bit of study. She is the author of two novels, The Woods at Barlow Bend and Bayou Cresting: The Wanting Women of Huet Pointe. Her short works have appeared in The Petigru Review, Pieces Anthology, and Chicken Soup for the Military Spouse's Soul. When not writing, Jodie hangs out with her long-suffering husband and the most precious little boy ever created. Seriously, the kid is amazing, and the husband puts up with a lot.


Between the warm climate and wide range of activities, Mobile is a favorite of snow birds seeking sun-drenched recreation, water sports, diverse dining experiences, and relaxing landscapes.
Mobile is a seafood lover’s paradise. Not only can you find fabulous seafood restaurants and markets in nearly every part of Mobile, but the seafood caught, sold, and served here originated in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta—America’s Amazon—as a major spawning area for several delectable species. You can’t get fresher than that.
Many seafood dishes were invented here. Fried blue crab claws (“Crab claws” to us locals) and West Indies Salad were created here. The Flaming Oysters at Bluegill on the Causeway is a Mobile original, and the absolute best way to enjoy oysters. Garlic butter and melted parmesan atop a flame-grilled oyster? Yes, please.
Mobile is for outdoorsy folks. Outdoor recreation is plentiful here. Bike trails, kayaking, disc golf, fishing, hiking, crabbing, and floundering are just a few of the outdoor activities Mobile has to offer. Add to that the beautiful park system Mobile has, and you’ll never want to spend a day indoors.
If you want to irritate any true-blue Mobilian, tell them the first Mardi Gras in the United States took place in New Orleans. It did not. Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras. As Ginger Woechen’s gorgeous cruise terminal mural declares, we are born to celebrate.
We take our trees seriously here, specifically the live oaks. They are a city-wide treasure. We take comfort strolling beneath the canopies of oak branches found throughout midtown. We fight like the dickens if someone tries to remove one. We even name them. My favorite is the Duffie Oak on Caroline. Originally named the Seven Sisters for the seven long, thick branches reaching out in all directions, the Duffie Oak is the oldest living landmark in Mobile at over 700 years old, and it’s perfect for climbing.
Langan Park, formerly Municipal Park, is Mobile’s Centr
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The Community Round Table--The world premiere of "Descendant" & The Clotilda Descendants Association
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251 NOW with Kelly Finley--The Revitalization of Spanish Plaza
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The Community Round Table--October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Community Round Table--October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Tonie Ann Torrans, Executive Director, Penelope House

Crisis Hotline: (251) 342-8994


Mobile, Al. – Efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence will be made throughout the month of
October. Please see the attached calendar of events. Also, please consider running our PSAs that have
been provided to media, attending and/or promoting events, and/or having a Penelope House
representative appear as a guest to discuss Domestic Violence, assistance available through Penelope
House, and our DV Awareness Display.

What: “Domestic Violence- Traffic Lights” is the theme for this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness
Display- lights of a traffic signs with messages to end DV (red), warning signs to beware of DV (yellow),
and go with healthy relationships (green) made by those in shelter and transitional living, staff, and
community partners

Where: The display will be at Government Plaza Oct. 3-14, ArtWalk Oct. 14 evening, Providence
Hospital Oct. 17-24, and the Mobile Regional Airport Oct. 24- Oct. 31; social media as well.
Why: To educate citizens that Domestic Violence affects the entire community, to help victims of
Domestic Violence break their silence and seek help, and to recognize the importance of law enforcement
in addressing Domestic Violence (protecting victims and holding abusers accountable)

About Penelope House
The mission of Penelope House is to provide safety, protection, and support to victims of domestic
violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy, and individual and community
education. In 2020 despite the pandemic and two hurricanes, Penelope House sheltered 252 adults and
273 children- each year over half of our clients are children. For more information on Penelope House
and services available: and follow us on Facebook- Penelope House page/

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251 NOW with Kelly Finley--2022 Greater Gulf State Fair

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--2022 Greater Gulf State Fair

Josh Woods

Greater Gulf State Fair

Executive Director


MOBILE, Ala. – The Grounds staff and board are proud to announce that the musical acts for the

68th annual Greater Gulf State Fair will be music stars Sister Hazel, Micah Tyler, and Elle King.

Sister Hazel will take the stage on the first Saturday of the Fair, October 29, 2022. Micah Tyler

will perform at Praise Night on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Finally, Elle King will perform

on Friday, November 4, 2022.

The Fair returns to The Grounds October 28 – November 6, 2022. Advanced discounted tickets

are currently on sale now at Visit for real time updates. 

Stay Connected:

We’re on Facebook and Instagram at @GreaterGulfStateFair

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The Community Round Table--Bras Across The CAUSEway 5K

The Community Round Table--Bras Across The CAUSEway 5K

Kathy Smith, Co-founder
Keeli Wall RN, BSN, Ascension Providence Breast Center, Coordinator-Clinical Program

Bras Across the Causeway 5k
Saturday, October 8th, 8am-11am; Meaher Park, 5200 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527
Whose invited:
Literally everyone from 1 to 101, kids, dogs, grandmothers, friends, family, co-workers, neighbors,
running teams, runners, walkers, shufflers, etc. Everyone has been affected by cancer in some way,
so this is a day that we all get to be together to celebrate the victories, embrace the losses and help
each other by loving each other through it all.
Friday Oct 7 th
Saturday Oct 8th
8:15 AM 5K

*These Local businesses have been supporting this mission since 2017:
-Cammie's Old Dutch Ice Cream brings out a signature ice cream flavor especially for this race, as
well as a warm waffle bar and pink champagne punch
-Hall's Sausage brings out their grill and cooks up several types of sausage
-Josh Foster of Hillcrest Fitbody Bootcamp comes out each year to do the pre race warm up, getting
everyone pumped up for the race
-Matt McCoy of 92Zew is my co-founder, and he comes out with the van and provides the music,
entertainment and announcements

Something New This Year!
-The Cookery Project. This year, we are adding a Pre-race Pasta Party Packet Pickup with food
provided by The Cookery Project, a local non-profit that helps kids learn about nutrition, cooking
healthy foods and teaches them their way around the kitchen in general.

The mission of this event is to raise as much money as we can each year that can be disbursed to
Local patients, while they are in treatment and funds are not available for personal needs. We
provide funds that are used for mortgage payments, rents, utilities, groceries, gas cards, co-
payments, insurance premiums, tests not covered by insurance, medications, genetics testing when
applicable and other various and sundry expenses that arise.

Our goal is to create a family friendly event that the community can look forward to each year and feel
like they are making a difference here, in our neighborhoods. This
is a grassroots effort to put money into the hands and households of the actual patients who are
suffering and who need help on a very urgent and personal level.

*Shout out to our top SPONSORS!
They are the reason this mission is so successful each year, we are so very grateful to:
Hope Brown - Roberts Brothers, she has been a cheerleader for this mission since day one and is our
presenting sponsor this year!
Southern Cancer Center has supported this mission every year and we are very grateful for the work
they do.
Myriad has partnered with us several times over the years! They help provide genetics testing to
patients who are at risk.
Hologic has also partnered with us in our mission and they also provide testing to those who may be
at risk or carry the gene that causes breast cancer.
All In Credit Union contacted us and Torian Davis, their marketing manager, who, himself had a loved
one who beat breast cancer has been very supportive and pledged to be involved on a yearly basis
going forward.

Stay connected:
Kathy Smith, Marketing/Outreach
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251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Meet Dr. Gia Wiggins, Tech Founder, Entrepreneur, Community Leader

251 NOW with Kelly Finley--Meet Dr. Gia Wiggins, Tech Founder, Entrepreneur, Community Leader

Dr. Gia Wiggins, President of Morale Resource and Founder of Auditocity.

Our mission is to take the mystery out of HR compliance.

Auditocity is an HR auditing tool. Imagine being in charge of the HR functions in your organization. How do you know what you are suppose