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Christmas Casual Day

Support UCP by going casual on December 16, 2011.  You can purchase casual day t-shirts at UCP by calling 479-4900.  This event is a fundraiser to benefit UCP's programs and services, and thanks to all of you will be a huge success!  Businesses, organizations, and individuals can show their support by purchasing and wearing the shirts on December 16. 

A Winner Has Been Crowned

November 16 - On Thursday, November 10th, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile hosted Food & Folly where over 200 guests sampled delicious cuisine from 13 Mobile-area restaurants. The event was held at the Museum of Mobile. Attendees were able to cast a vote for their favorite, resulting in The Renaissance Hotel taking home top prize of People's Choice Champion.
Participating restaurants and caterers for the evening were: The Renaissance Hotel, Spot of Tea, The Mediterranean Sandwich Co., Chef Rob & Co., Hopjack's, Pollman's Bake Shop, Naman's Catering, The Blind Mule, The Bicycle Shop, Creative Catering, Witntzell's Oyster House, The Wilton Caterer and Ashland Pub.
The Urban Jazz Quartet featuring Debbie Stewart - accompanied by Sean Worrell, Corey Johnson, and Steve Jacobs - performed live jazz throughout the evening, and the Museum offered tours including the new 9/11 exhibit: Recovery.
All funds raised from Food & Folly benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile's services for children and adults with disabilities. The agency serves 28 counties (from Mobile to Montgomery) by offering programs such as Supported Employment, Early Intervention, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Preschool, Camp SMILE, and more.
For more information, please contact Gina Johnson at 251.479.4900 or via e-mail at .

Food & Folly This Evening!!

November 10, 2011 - Food and Folly will be in full swing this evening - 6:30 pm - at the Museum of Mobile on Royal Street. Tickets are available for purchase throughout the day at United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile. Limited ticketing will be available at the door. Call Gina Johnson at 251-479-4900 for more information. During the event, the museum will be open for tours and will include the new 9/11 exhibit: Recovery. There will be live jazz by the Urban Jazz Quartet, wine, a fantastic silent auction, and of course FOOD! Vote for your favorite restaurant/caterer by placing your Mardi Gras bead (that you receive at the entrance) into their canister. The restaurant/caterer with the most Mardi Gras beads at the end of the night receives the coveted Peoples Choice Award. The Mediterranean Sandwich Company won the 2010 award. Who will win this year? YOU taste and YOU decide!

4th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament Results

We appreciate everyone that participated in United Cerebral Palsy's 4th Annual Inshore Fishing Tournament. We had a great afternoon and were able to raise much-needed funds for the agency's programs and services.

Here's a list of the division winners:

1st Place Flounder - Kevin Owens 2.92lbs
2nd Place Flounder - Joe Cielitat 2.78lbs
3rd Place Flounder - Christian Howell 2.69lbs

1st Place White Trout - Kevin Owens .94lbs
2nd Place White Trout - Kirk Hoven .87lbs
3rd Place White Trout - Trevor Wood .841lbs

1st Place Speckled Trout - Trenny Woodham 5.84lbs
2nd Place Speckled Trout - Vicky Foster 5.081lbs
3rd Place Speckled Trout - Brett Barton 4.36lbs

Speckled Trout Jackpot
1st Place Speckled Trout - Trenny Woodham 5.84lbs
2nd Place Speckled Trout - Brett Barton 4.36lbs

Also, thanks goes out to our dedicated sponsors: Lawn Pro, Carl & Associates, G & A Marble, ACFA, Southern Bama Bait & Tackle, McCoy Outdoors, Quints, Geothermal Solutions, Big Bite Baits, BankTrust, Michelli Scales, Signarama, Middle Bay Clothing Company, Model Tees, and Captain Chip Deupree, A-Team Fishing Adventures.  

Glenn Harger Receives Top Honor at UCP's 2011 National Conference

NEW ORLEANS, LA - On Monday, April 11, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile and Central Alabama's Glenn R. Harger was chosen as the latest recipient of the Kathleen O. Maul Leadership Award during

United Cerebral Palsy's 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans. This award is given by peers from over 100 national and international affiliates and recognizes the top executive having outstanding leadership within his or her affiliate, city, county and state.   

The Kathleen O. Maul Leadership Award is named in memory of Kathy Maul, an executive director from UCP of Suffolk. Kathy left a legacy of a commitment to UCP and exemplary leadership ability. The award has been presented annually since her death to an exceptional executive director in the network who demonstrates those same qualities. Last year's recipient was Ronald S. Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

In 1989, Glenn Harger joined United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile as its Executive Director. Since that time, his contributions to the agency have created financial growth from a $379,000 budget to over $4 million in 2010. In addition, the programs offered went from four to 12, and the employee base grew from 12 to 80. This prosperity comes as a direct result of Harger's hard work and willingness to do what is right for his community and the individuals who receive services from his agency.  

Prior to his start with UCP of Mobile, he worked for seven years as a staff officer with the United States Jaycees in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving back to his home state of Alabama where he served as the Director for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama's Convention and Visitors Bureau.  A few years later, he took the post of Executive Director at United Cerebral Palsy of Western Alabama. While there, he grew the operating budget from $175,000 (in 1986) to $475,000 (in 1989) and established three satellite offices to provide services to ten rural counties in west Alabama.

Glenn Harger has a strong history of giving within his community. He currently serves as President of the Alabama Barbecue Association and is the Immediate Past President of the Azalea City Kiwanis Club.  Harger is on the United Way of Southwest Alabama Executive Director Council and is a founding member of the South Alabama Coalition of Nonprofits. In addition, he contributes to numerous state committees regarding disabilities.

4th Annual UCP Inshore Fishing Tournament

The Young Professionals Board is gearing up host its 4th Annual United Cerebral Palsy Inshore Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 7th.

Weigh-in will run from 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The tournament headquarters and weigh-in station will be the Chocalotta Bay Landing (a public launch) located on the causeway. Tickets are $25 per person, and all persons in the boat must have a ticket. Pier fishermen are welcome to participate.

Categories for the competition include Speckled Trout, White Trout, and Flounder. Prizes will be given in each of the three categories from first through third place and winning entries will be based on size of fish. Also, there will be a speckled trout jackpot that will award cash prizes through third place. Tickets for the jackpot are $50.

Tournament tickets will be available (beginning April 11th) at United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile.

For more information, email events@ucpmobile.org or call (251) 479-4900.

Support the 1st Annual Circle K 5K Run/Walk

For over 25 years, Circle K Stores has proudly supported the efforts of United Cerebral Palsy. As one of the largest health nonprofits in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and citizenship of people with disabilities. Like you, Circle K maintains a vested interest in the economic and social vitality of the communities we serve, and together, our support for UCP provides an essential and logical step toward fulfilling these objectives.


In 2011, the Circle K has elected to conduct more regional, localized events, aimed at impacting the specific communities in which we conduct business. To that end, Circle K Region 1960 (NW FLA and Southern AL) is hosting the 1st Annual Circle K 5K Run/Walk Benefitting local affiliates of United Cerebral Palsy, set against the backdrop of beautiful Pensacola Beach, Florida. To register, click here.

10th Annual Hog Wild Festival Results

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile appreciates your support of its 10th Annual BBQ Championship & Hog Wild Festival. One hundred-fifteen (115) teams – spread over three divisions – participated in this year’s two-day contest, and over 12,000 people attended.

UCP would like to thank its 2010 partners: City of Mobile, Mobile County Commission, Austal USA, Alabama Pork Producers, Penske, Smith-Cooper International, NBHA, Budweiser-Busch Distributing, Coca-Cola, Bay Weekend, wellbornIdeas, Southern Tailgater, Alabama Coast Magazine, Wingate Hotel, BankTrust, Halls Motorsports, Clower Electric, Gengo Electric, Greater Gulf States Fairgrounds, and Naman’s Catering.

The winners of this year's contest are:

Grand Champion
Wild Bunch Butt Burners
Reserve Champions
Pro AM Grand Champion
Baas Hog BBQ
Backyard Grand Champion & Recipient of the City of Mobile Cup
Burnt Rubber BBQ
People's Choice
Mobile Big Dogs
Best Site

  • 2011 BBQ Championship & Hog Wild Festival Winners
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Hog Wild Tickets Are On Sale!

Day passes are now on sale for United Cerebral Palsy's 10th Annual BBQ Championship & Hog Wild Festival! These tickets are available at UCP’s office located at 3058 Dauphin Square Connector in Mobile. The cost is $10 per day. Children 12 years old and under get in free with a paid accompanying adult. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

The festival is set for Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds. Over 100 professional, semi-pro, and amateur teams will compete in this year’s contest. In addition, festivalgoers can take part in judging the People’s Choice competition, where backyard and semi-pro teams will provide free BBQ samples from 11am to 2pm on Saturday.

Gates open Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be live performances at the BW music stage, NBHA barrel horse racing, a HUGE kids’ area, and much more.

All event proceeds go to benefit United Cerebral Palsy. UCP of Mobile provides over a dozen programs throughout south and central Alabama with a focus of helping adults and children with disabilities.

Contact United Cerebral Palsy at (251) 479-4900, events@ucpmobile.org, or visit www.bbqmobile.net for more information about how to sign up your backyard barbeque team.

ATV Raffle for UCP of Mobile

In conjunction with the Hog Wild Festival, UCP of Mobile will be raffling a Kymco MXU 300 ATV from Hall's Motorsports.

Tickets are $5 (or 5 for $20) and are available at United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile (3058 Dauphin Square Connector). The drawing will be held at the festival on Saturday, March 12th at 4:00 pm. Ticket holders are encouraged to attend but do not have to be present to win. For more information and to purchase your tickets, call Marty at 479-4900.

Coming Soon

A survey team from CARF International will be visiting UCP of Mobile on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2011. We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we may earn or continue accreditation.

As part of the survey, the surveyorswill interview people who receive services, their families, our staff, and others. some questions the survey team members might ask people are:

  • Do we provide a clean and safe setting?
  • Do you receive the services you need and want?
  • Are you treated with respect?
  • Do you take part in planning your services?
  • Are you told what you need to kow about your services?
  • Are your questions answered in a way you understand?
  • Do you know where to go with questions or concerns?

If you would like to talk with one of the survey team members or want to learn more about CARF International, please let one of our staff members know. You may also contact CARF International directly.

  • Internet: www.carf.org/contact-us
  • E-mail:
  • Mail: CARF International, 6951 East Southpoint Road, Tucson, AZ 85756
  • Toll-free Telephone: 866.510.2273
  • Fax: 520.318.1129 

KCBS Judge Certification Class

Do you have what it takes to be a judge? United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile will be hosting a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge's certification class on Saturday, January 22, 2011, at the Semmes Recreation & Community Center. Spaces are limited and are on a first come, first served basis. Call Gina at (251) 479-4900 for additional information.

Christmas Casual Day Spirit

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is selling Christmas Casual t-shirts...just in time for the holiday season. The long sleeved, red shirts start at $15 (for kids) and $20 for adult sizes. Call Megan at 479-4900 to place your company's order.

Oh So Close...

We're just two days away from UCP's Food & Folly. Seventeen restaurants have signed on to join us for the evening, and you will have opportunity to sample some of Mobile's best dishes. Tickets are $30 per person (or $50 per couple) and are available by calling UCP of Mobile at 479-4900. The event begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 11 at the Mobile Carnival Museum.  

Are You Golfing For UCP?

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile is preparing for its 12th Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management - Ann Richardson, CFP . This year's event will be held on Friday, October 29th at TimberCreek in Daphne, AL.

The format will be a four-player scramble. Lunch - provided by Honey Baked Ham - will begin (with registration) at 11:30 a.m., and tee time starts at 12:30 p.m. Immediately following play will be a post-tournament dinner (compliments of Chef Rob & Co. and silent auction.

For a $125 donation, you can reserve your spot to play. Each golfer will receive a gift bag, great golf, and more.

Plan to join us for a good cause. Call Gina at (251) 479-4900 to reserve your team or to become a sponsor today!

A Taste of Food & Folly

Now is the time to decide if you are going to Food & Folly because tickets are going fast! For $30 per person (or $50 per couple), guests can taste delicious food from up to 15 local restaurants while sampling a variety of red and white wines. The event begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 11 at the Mobile Carnival Museum.  

There will be free museum tours throughout the evening for guests. In addition, United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile will host a silent wine auction, and Debbie Stewart – accompanied by Sean Worrell, Corey Johnson, and Steve Jacobs – will perform live jazz in the Float Room.

A number of local restaurants and caterers will be on hand to offer a taste of some of their best cuisine, and guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites. Here is a sample of our participating restaurants: The Battle House, Spot of Tea, The Mediterranean Sandwich Co., Chef Rob & Co., Cortlandt’s, Hopjack’s, The Shed, Naman’s Catering, The Royal Scam, The Blind Mule, Liquid/Dauphin St. Taqueria, Jamaican Café, Ashland Pub, The Royal Knight, Creative Catering, and more.

For more information, please contact Gina Johnson at 251.479.4900 or via e-mail at rjohnson@ucpmobile.org.