Bellator Agents Shine Light on Community Philanthropies

17 Aug 2015 · Bellator Blogger

Giving Back…it’s a Bellator thing

“Gratitude” is one of Bellator’s core values, and our agents and staff put this into action daily through their involvement in the community. In lieu of our regular division sales meetings in August, the Bellator team has committed to bring awareness to four local charity organizations by serving in hands-on projects coordinated by our agents.

Prodisee Pantry

When we reached out to our team about suggestions for charities to serve, Jennifer Shirley was eager to recommend Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort, AL. She said, “I would drive by the pantry and notice how the parking lots were packed! When I heard what they did, it intrigued me because you never really think about your own community having a need for food like the people that come through Prodisee Pantry.”

Prodisee Pantry is a faith-based nonprofit located in Baldwin County that provides emergency food and disaster relief. Established in 2003, the pantry opens every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and serves over 77,000 families facing hardship from job loss, health issues, natural disasters and other crisis. This particular ministry goes beyond giving food—it also takes the time to get to know each family and stay connected with their journey. Each individual or family checks in and sits with a trained volunteer to organize a plan to improve their situation. After the meeting, volunteers load the families’ vehicles with fresh produce, dairy, meat, bread, canned food and other essential groceries.


Bellator agents and staff volunteer at Prodisee Pantry on August 4th, 2015

Bellator volunteered at Prodisee on August 4th, and had a successful turnout with 20 team members showing up to work. Agents and staff were humbled by the experience and grateful to be able to lend a hand. Nancy Petitti, broker of the Daphne office, could not say enough positive things about the experience. She said, “It reminds us of how blessed we are and shows you the humanity of what the leaders of the pantry are doing.” For more information about how you can be involved, visit

Wilmer Hall

Shane Hale, an agent in Bellator’s Mobile office, offered another hands-on service event through his favorite charity organization, Wilmer Hall. “Wilmer Hall helps children who are powerless to help themselves.  I have always loved children and having three sons of my own, the oldest of which is thirteen, has only strengthened that affection,” said Shane. “As a group far more has been given collectively in terms of volunteer time and financial support than I could have provided on my own in years.”


Bellator President, Troy Wilson, presenting the check from the Listing Challenge for Charity 2014 to the beneficiaries

Wilmer Hall Children’s Home opened in 1864 by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama when there were several orphans who needed a safe haven after the Civil War. Originally opened in Tuscaloosa, the orphanage was moved to Mobile in the 1900s where it has remained a home for hundreds of children. Wilmer Hall offers three different programs for children who cannot live with their natural parents: Residential Living, Transitional Living, Transitional Family Living and education programs. In addition to providing assistance to these families, Wilmer Hall has a thrift store opened throughout the week where the community can shop or make donations.

Our agents and staff are looking forward to volunteering at the Wilmer Hall Donation Center on August 27th.  For more information, visit

Under His Wings

A goal of our community outreach this month is to delve deeply into the different local areas throughout Mobile and Baldwin County. Agent Dawn Beasley volunteered to coordinate a project with Under his Wings in Robertsdale, an organization dedicated to providing a safe home for young women in need. Dawn said, “I became interested in Under His Wings before the doors were even open. I have learned first hand from a close family member how few resources there are for girls in this age group and I truly believe that love, intervention, and Christian guidance at this young age can transform lives.”

Under His Wings was founded by Mary Mildorf, and it is a ministry that allows at-risk teenage girls to participate in God’s plan by living in a home filled with love. The home works to equip young women with life skills essential to wholeness.

As a mother of two daughters, Dawn knows the challenges that face Under His Wings every day. “I am particularly sensitive to the needs of these girls who possibly have not had the family support and love that my children have had.”

On August 27th a group from Bellator will be doing work on the house such as roofing, painting and cleaning. Visit to see how you can be a part of this ministry.

Truland Homes granted wish of going to Disney World to William "Shep" Hall through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Truland Homes granted wish of going to Disney World to William “Shep” Hall through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Christian Life- The Island Church Food Bank

Fulfilling our goal to truly reach as far as we could, Donna Worley brought forth an ongoing community service project at her church. “My church, Christian Life – the Island Church provides food distribution, job opportunities and prayer to those in need. I’m just one of several who volunteer from Bellator.”

This Orange Beach church has the facility space to distribute over 10,000 lbs. of food and re-distribute the load into 200 large boxes for local families to take home. While waiting for their box, there is a theater where families can watch movies and have free brunch items at the snack bar. Church members also entertain the crowd with jokes, songs or funny stories. Aside from the food donation, there is a room for prayer and a job area for hiring companies to set up booths. If it’s your birthday, you even get a special free cake to take home. The whole operation is funded by the church and Orange Beach firemen come to carry boxes to the cars. Various donors pay $1,500 every six weeks for the Bay Area Food Bank to deliver to the Orange Beach area.

On September 12th, several Bellator staff and agents will gather to help distribute and organize food at the church. If you would like to learn more about this outreach ministry, visit

Legendary Flora-Bama Lounge plans Alabama Gulf Coast Events

1 May 2015 · Bellator Blogger

Alabama Gulf Coast Events

Established in 1962, the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar straddles the line between Florida and Alabama, and situates itself partly on our Alabama Gulf Coast. Though it primarily serves two southern states, it has received national recognition. Not only has it been featured in numerous magazines such as Delta Sky Magazine, Outside Magazine, USA Today and many others, it has also received top honors in quite a few “Best of” lists.

Despite being known for its fun, bar atmosphere, Flora-Bama is also a popular spot for families to grab some of the freshest, tastiest local seafood during the day. While it stays open from 11:00 am to 3:00 am, the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar is kid-friendly until 6:00 pm. The Flora-Bama Yacht Club, which features live music, is kid-friendly all the time and offers casual flip-flop dining – perfect for a meal after a long day at the beach. Flora-Bama is also known for offering tons of popular activities on the Gulf Coast beaches throughout the year. Here are a few of the upcoming events taking place at the popular hangout:

June 5th-7th: Shindig on the Sand

The third annual Shindig on the Sand is a three-day beach concert featuring more than 200 musicians and 70 musical acts. While a complete list of this year’s acts is yet to be announced, past acts have included Billy Currington, the Mulligan Brothers, Taylor Hicks, Banana Republic, Cornbread and too many others to name. While ticket prices have not yet been announced, they were only $40 a person last year – granting you access to all Flora-Bama stages and acts for the full three-day weekend.

June 11th-14th: Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo

The Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo will follow right after the much-anticipated Shindig on the Sand. Billed as “The ‘Funnest’ Fishing Tournament on the Gulf Coast,” the inaugural Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo will boast a number of different categories and divisions, making it possible for people of any age and skill level to participate.

Within the kid’s division, which costs $20 per participant, there will be 10 categories with 1st through 3rd place prizes, as well as a Top Junior Angler award. The adult’s division, which costs $40 per participant, will include 26 categories with 1st through 3rd place prizes and a Lady Angler and Master Angler award. The Competitive Angler Divisions will cost $100 per speckled trout angler and $500 for each boat fishing for king mackerel. Both divisions will have a $1,000 3rd place prize, a $2,000 2nd place prize and a $7,000 1st place prize. The event will also feature an Offshore Slam of tuna, dolphin and wahoo at a cost of $1,000 per boat. In all, the event guarantees more than $160,000 in prizes and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Foundation. For more information about rules and prizes, visit the Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo website.

For those who aren’t interested in fishing but still want to join in on the fun, the tournament will be paired with a three-day beach party ending in the awards ceremony. The event will include daily weigh-ins, a fish viewing area, live music and, of course, seafood!

Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar is located at 17401 Perdido Key Drive in Pensacola, Florida. For more information about the bar and its events, call (850) 492-0611.

Festivals, films & fun in Lower Alabama

10 Sep 2014 · Bellator Blogger

The fall season in Lower Alabama is a popular time for locals to get involved, hang out and have some fun. Whether you’re in Mobile, Daphne, Fairhope, Gulf Shores, or another city in Lower Alabama, everything from music, food, films, fashion, festivals and more will be featured within the next couple of months.

Next weekend will kick-off the run of events with the Blues and Grooves Festival in Mobile, Blues & Grooves L.A. Songwriter’s Festival in Fairhope, and the South Alabama Film Fest, also in Mobile. The Blues and Grooves Festival is on Saturday, September 13th, and is a musical celebration held in Mobile to promote Down Syndrome Awareness. The L.A. Songwriter’s Festival, held September 11th-13th, is going on its 10th year of music festivities where many local songwriters will have the chance to swap songs and tell the stories behind them. It will be located at the American Legion Post 199 in Fairhope. The third event being held on this weekend is the South Alabama Film Fest, from September 12th-14th, to showcase all varieties of films by, for or about the South and its people. The hope of the festival is to help Southern filmmakers showcase their art and spread their future efforts.

Many locals love getting involved if it means supporting a good cause and on September 20th there is a great one. The team at Shepherd’s Place is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease that will be held in Fairhope. While there is no fee for the walk, you must register and are encouraged to make a donation to join the fight against Alzheimer’s. Each participating walker will receive a “promise garden” flower in the color that represents why they are walking. The following week, the 4th annual Mobile Fashion Week will keep up the trend of supporting good causes with a portion of their proceeds going towards Camp Rap-A-Hope, a summer camp for kids and teens with cancer. Mobile Fashion Week will begin Sunday, September 21st and last until Saturday, September 27th.

One of the annual events that the Daphne area looks forward to is the Jubilee Festival, which is now going on its 26th year and will be held on September 27th and 28th. The event usually attracts over 30,000 people and has more than 130 artists and craftsmen displaying their works. There is a Kids Art in the Park project, a Food Court, and it’s free to attend. Following that is the annual Shrimp Festival being held the weekend of October 9th that tends to attract more than 250,000 people and over 300 vendors with fine art and arts & crafts. There will be something for everyone – music, food, a Children’s Activity Village, a Sand Sculpture Contest, Shrimp Fest Idol Contest and more! To wrap up the month of October there will be the annual Festival of Flavor in Foley on the 18th featuring locally grown and produced food, wine and craft beer. Local Chefs will be preparing dishes and brewers from all over Alabama will be talking about their uniquely crafted beers.

Fall tends to be one of the busiest seasons for Lower Alabama with every type of event going on, ranging from food festivals, music, fundraisers for nonprofits, and much more. With the range of events each city has to offer, it’s not hard to find something just for you or for you and your family to do together on the weekends.