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Public Invited to Celebrate a Season of Light with Children's at Annual Illuminations Ball
BIRMINGHAM – Children’s of Alabama invites the public to make the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital part of its holiday tradition.

The Protective Life Corporation will present the 14th-Annual Illuminations Ball on Friday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center (3600 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham 35243). The Ball will feature a seated dinner, live music by Big Daddy’s New Band and both silent and live auctions. Pam Huff of ABC 33/40 will serve as emcee. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at or by contacting Shelly McCarty at

The Illuminations tree display, the region’s largest Christmas tree display, is held annually in conjunction with the Ball, and will take place from Nov. 3 to Dec. 1. Approximately 40 trees featuring whimsical and child-friendly desgins will be on display in Children’s Russell and McWane lobbies for the enjoyment of Children’s patients, their families and guests. The trees are designed by some of the region’s top designers, including: the Alabama Woodturners Association, Andy Hopper of KG Designs, ArchitectureWorks, Books-A-Million, the Birmingham Smocking Arts Guild of Alabama, Bromberg's, Kathy Alexander and Kim Reiff, Norton's Florist, Perry Umphrey of Umphrey Interiors and Tree Trimmers of Birmingham. The full list of designers is available at

“I can’t think of a better time of year to be a part of Children’s than this,” McCarty said. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all of our designers for the time and energy they have invested in this event.”

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 42 other states and 10 foreign countries last year, representing more than 653,000 outpatient visits and nearly 14,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at