Chapter News

Gumbo Gala, April 26th, 2014, Sloss Furnaces

After winning the 1st Place Spirit Award last year, this will be our Chapter's 2nd year participating at the 9th Annual Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala on Saturday, April 26th, from 11am to 2pm at Sloss Furnaces. We will be among 40 gumbo cook teams that will cook and serve gumbo and compete for 14 events in Professional and Back Yard Cooks categories. Up to 2,500 people are expected to enjoy the Gulf Coast vibe around the spray pond at Sloss Furnaces as they sample gumbo, listen to live music by Rollin' in the Hay, browse through arts, crafts and food booths, and enjoy family and children's entertainment. Gumbo judges will include local and regional chefs and food experts. The mission of Episcopal Place is to provide to senior and disabled adults with restricted income, safe and affordable housing and access to related services in a home-like environment. Visit the Gumbo Gala home for more information and ticket prices. So come out and support a good cause and our chapter and don't forget to vote for our gumbo, which will be the best of course :)

Our heartfelt Thanks & Support to the following sponsors of our Cook Team this year:

Group Insurance Associates, Inc.


Outback Bowl View-In, January 1, 2014

Dixie Fish Company on Highway 280 is hosting an Outback Bowl View-In for the matchup between LSU and Iowa at 12:00 PM on New Year's Day (Wednesday, January 1st). The event will be held in the porch area just outside the restaurant next to the bar. There are lots of large-display, flat screen TVs and the porch area (closed in with plastic sheeting for warmth) holds up to 100 adults. The cost is $25 per person ($12 for kids 10 & under) including 2 drink vouchers (wine or beer) with the following buffet-style menu: Jambalaya, Gumbo, Fried Catfish, and Red Beans & Rice. You can pay at the door but please RSVP to Mark Crain (markacrain@gmail.com) with the number of adult and child attendees no later than Monday, December 31st. Geaux Tigers!


2013 Fish Fry, November 2

Join us for our annual Fish Fry on Saturday, November 2nd from 12 to 3 at the White Oak Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park. Enjoy delicious fried catfish, French fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, beverages and dessert with your fellow LSU Tiger Fans. Come have some fun as the Tigers get a break before their big game with the Alabama Crimson Tide! We will have a silent auction, raffle items and a pinata and Jump-Jump for the kids. The cost is $12 for members and $18 for non-members. Children ages 7 to 12 years are $5 and under seven are free. Visit our event page to obtain tickets. Deadline is 10/30/13.


2013 Kickoff Party, August 24th

Make plans now to attend the Chapter's Annual Kick-Off Party to be held from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, August 24th at Krewe on First in downtown Birmingham. Lyn Scarbrough, Marketing Director for Lindy's Sports will discuss the upcoming SEC football season with his associate, Carey Estes, a free-lance sportswriter. Lyn will share his publication's preseason picks for the SEC divisional and overall titles. Participate in our silent auction while you enjoy red beans & rice and jambalaya with ice tea and your favorite beer or drink at the Krewe's open bar. Food cost is $12 for members and $18 for non-members and includes catering from Cajun Cleaver in Hoover. A cash bar is available with beer and drink specials. Send your check to 325 Chesser Loop Circle, Chelsea, AL 35043 by August 20th to reserve your spot or click here to purchase your tickets online. Geaux Tigers!


LSU Chapter night at Regions Field, August 3rd

Join the chapter for a night of fun and baseball. We have reserved a block of seats in Regions Field Section 114 for the Baron's game on Saturday, August 3rd against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. First pitch is 6:30pm. LSU's own Jared Mitchell will stop by to visit with the chapter before the game. Jared was a member of the 2007 football and 2009 baseball national title teams. He is currently an outfielder for the Barons. Our group discount tickets in section 114 are available for $7. Call John Gibson at 205-703-4338 to purchase your tickets. Don't forget our Kickoff Party on August 24th. Geaux Tigers!


2013 Crawfish Boil, May 18th

We will be holding our annual Crawfish Boil from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday, May 18th, at the White Oak Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park. We will have all-you-can-eat crawfish, potatoes, corn, dessert and beverages. This year's boil will be cooked by Louisiana native Michael Cantonese of Courtyard 280. A raffle and silent auction will also be held to raise money to fund scholarships for Birmingham-area students enrolling at LSU. There will be activities for children including a pinata and an inflatable "Jump-Jump". Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Deadline is May 13th. Geaux Tigers!


Gumbo Gala, April 20th, 2013 - We won 1st place Spirit Award

Our Chapter will be participating as a "Cook Team" at the 8th Annual Episcopal Place Gumbo Gala on Saturday, April 20th, from 11am to 2pm at Sloss Furnace. There are dozens of Cook Teams competing this year (judges will award winners) so there should be plenty of great food for a great cause. Live music and family entertainment will also be offered so it will be a great time. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free. The mission of Episcopal Place is to provide to senior and disabled adults with restricted income, safe and affordable housing and access to related services in a home-like environment. Visit Gumbo Gala for more information. So come out and support a good cause and our chapter and don't forget to vote for our gumbo, which will be the best of course :)

Update: Our cook team had a great time participating in the Gumbo Gala. Our 10 gallons of rabbit & sausage gumbo ran out in one hour! In the end our team was disappointed that we did not win any of the taste awards, but we did win the 1st place Spirit Award! Special thanks to our cook team captain, Charlie Galatas. Click here to see pictures from the event. Geaux Tigers!


2013 Membership Drive

The new board of the Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni Association hopes that you will continue to support our Chapter in 2013 by renewing your membership. Our annual membership dues are unchanged at $20 for a family and $10 for an individual. You do not have to be an LSU graduate to be a member of the Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni. If you are an LSU fan and want to participate, we'd love to have you as a member! You can mail your dues to 325 Chesser Loop Circle, Chelsea, AL 35043 or you can pay online via Paypal.

As a non-profit organization, all monies that we collect over and above our expenses are dedicated to (1) giving back to the university, (2) outreach activities for the needy and/or (3) improving the quality of future events. The Chapter continues to be diligent in the stewardship of our finances. The board will be meeting in early January to plan events for the coming year so please check back soon or go to our Facebook Fan Page in the coming weeks and months to find out what we have planned.

We are excited about the New Year and look forward to seeing you at our events. We are committed to helping all of us connect with one another and enjoy our time together as Tiger fans!


2012 Save Christmas Outreach

Thank you for supporting our Chapter. It was a blessing to be able to continue our annual Save Christmas Outreach effort for 2012. Through the contributions of our members, this year we sponsored a needy Birmingham-area family through Oak Mountain Missions. The Chapter provided gifts for a family of four (single parent household) as well as Christmas dinner. Special thanks to Mark Crain, Carla Carruth, Christi deMontluzin, David Leong and Ashley Turner for helping with the shopping and delivery. Geaux Tigers!


2012 Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil, October 27

Join us for our annual Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil on Saturday, October 27th from 12pm to 3pm at the Cedar Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park. Come join the fun as the Tigers get a break before their big game with the Alabama Crimson Tide! In addition to the delicious fried catfish and boiled shrimp, we will have a silent auction, raffle items and a pinata for the kids. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Children ages 7-12 are $5 and under seven are free. Visit our event page to obtain tickets.


2012 Crawfish Boil, April 28

Join us from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday April 28th for our annual Crawfish Boil at White Oak Pavilion at Oak Mountain State Park. The cost is $27 for adult members and $32 for non-members and includes all you can eat crawfish, potatoes, corn, dessert and beverages (Abita Beer of course). Children under the age of 7 are free and kids between ages 7-12 are $8. Kash from Jubilee Joe's will be doing the cooking. We will have a raffle, silent auction and pinata for the kids. It will be a great time so come out and visit with your fellow LSU fans. Click here to get your tickets!


2012 Membership Drive

The Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni Association has an exciting year planned and we hope that you will support our Chapter in 2012 during our membership drive through February 28th. As a non-profit organization, all monies that we collect over and above our expenses are dedicated to (1) giving back to the university and (2) outreach activities for the needy. The Chapter has been diligent in the stewardship of our finances. Consider that 100% of our net income is given back through scholarships and outreach. In February, 2012 we presented a check for $3,000 to our scholarship fund at LSU for worthy Birmingham-area students. Also, in February, the Chapter donated $1,500 to Jimmie Hale & Oak Mountain Missions and Jefferson County DHR. In 2011, only 5.04% of the Chapter's expenses (non-event expenses) related to administrative overhead.

During 2011, some of the Chapter's accomplishments include:

  • Doubled our dues-paying membership from 2010.
  • Conducted three primary events (Crawfish Boil, Kick-Off Party, Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil).
  • Organized and conducted two football view-in gatherings (Cotton Bowl, season opener and BCS Championship Game).
  • Increased revenues 18%.
  • Continued to provide for needy families during the holidays and appropriated $3,000 in scholarship donations for the University (to be presented next month).
  • Completed and executed a new, formal Constitution for Chapter governance.
  • Increased our web presence through Facebook by 53%.
  • Implemented PayPal capability to allow members to pay dues or event registrations online.

    Our annual membership dues are unchanged at $20 for a family and $10 for an individual. Did you know? You do not have to be an LSU graduate to be a member of the Greater Birmingham LSU Alumni. If you are an LSU fan and want to participate, we'd love to have you as a member! Increasing our membership is a primary goal so that we can (1) improve the quality of our events and (2) increase outreach and scholarship opportunities for those in need. As a member, you will receive discounts at ALL of our events including the Crawfish Boil (May), Kick-Off Party (August) and Fish Fry (October). We look forward to seeing you at the next event!


    Allstate BCS National Championship Game View-In Jan 9, 2012

    Join us for the Allstate BCS National Championship Game between our LSU Fightin' Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Beef O' Brady's at the Grove off Highway 150 in Hoover (exit 10 off I-459). We want to fill up the restaurant with LSU fans to cheer the team on to victory! They seat about 127 inside so with a strong turnout, we can drown out any opposing fans. There will be Bud and Bud Lite pitchers for $6.99 and of course they have a full bar and the food is very good. Please plan to be there at least 30-45 minutes before kickoff to carve out your spot (game starts at 7:30 on ESPN). Beef O' Brady's has about a dozen 52" HDTVs and another six or so 42" HDTVs so the view should be excellent from anywhere and, with relatively low ceilings and a restaurant-wide sound system, we should be able to not only see the game but hear it as well. We have reserved the private room (one 52" HDTV) that holds 25-30 people but we already have it filled. Pay at the restaurant for whatever you want to eat or drink but please RSVP to me via email at markacrain@gmail.com or via the Facebook event page and indicate how many plan to attend. It's going to be a great time. Geaux Tigers!


    LSU-Alabama Football Pep Rally November 4th, 2011

    Wear your best Purple & Gold and join the Cajun Steamer Bar & Grill for the LSU-Alabama Football Pep Rally, Friday November 4, 2011 at the Patton Creek location. The party starts at 5:00pm with Live Music by Matt Hill & Sean Bunn Outshine at 8pm. Geaux Tigers!!!


    Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil 2011 Oct 29th

    Join the Birmingham LSU Alumni for our annual Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil on Saturday, October 29th from 12p to 3pm. Get fired up for the LSU - Alabama game during the bye week at the White Oak Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park. Click here to purchase tickets. Come join us at this fun family event where we'll have great food, fun activities for the kids and a raffle. Geaux Tigers!


    2011 LSU Football Season Opener View-In September 3rd

    It's now game week so if you would like to attend the View In at Buffalo Wild Wings for LSU-Oregon in Hoover (Highway 150), please RSVP via email (markacrain@gmail.com) or via the Facebook event page. Plan to arrive at 6:30 to ensure a seat as the restaurant will be full on this first weekend of college football and they will not hold tables indefinitely. We've already got about 30 planning to attend (I anticipate about 60) so let me know as soon as possible but no later than noon on Friday. Geaux Tigers!


    Kick-Off Party 2011 August 27th

    Join us for our Annual Kick-Off Party from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, August 27th at The Oaks on Parkwood. Enjoy some great food, Abita Beer and a live auction as our guest speaker talks about SEC football. This year Cajun Cleaver is catering our event with Red Beans & Rice and Jambalaya. Cary Estes, former Sportswriter at the Birmingham Post-Herald will talk about competition in the SEC and our very own Kenny Haynes will conduct a live auction of LSU sports memorabilia. There will be lots of door prizes and fun as we get fired up for the season opener against the highly-ranked Oregon Ducks. Visit our event page for more information and to purchase tickets. Make your reservation early as we are limited to 100 attendees due to space limitations. The Deadline has been extended until Thursday, 8/25/11 or until we sell out.


    Birmingham LSU Alumni Association 26th Annual Crawfish Boil 2011

    We will be holding our from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday, May 14th at the White Oak Pavilion of Oak Mountain State Park. Our event speaker will be Matt Mascona from ESPN radio in Baton Rouge. The event will include a live auction and a raffle of LSU sports memorabilia to raise money for the Chapter's outreach activities and scholarships for prospective metro-Birmingham LSU students. Visit our event for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets will be available until May 11 so hurry and make your reservations now.


    2011 Cotton Bowl View-In

    We had a great time cheering the Tigers to a victorious Cotton Bowl at Buffalo Wild Wings in Hoover. Click here to view pictures from the Cotton Bowl View-In.


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