The Eleventh Annual River Region Citizen of the Year Testimonial Dinner honored Mr. Thomas J. Methvin, Principal & Managing Attorney of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC. The River Region Citizen of the Year event honors an outstanding community partner whose distinguished leadership and devoted service to the community have contributed greatly to the quality of life for Alabama and its people. This event has raised more than $1.8 Million for the March of Dimes.

This year’s event was held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Wynlakes Golf and Country Club and featured fantastic food, a silent auction and a celebration unlike any other in the River Region. The event raised more than $150,000 for the March of Dimes!

The River Region Citizen of the Year is organized by a volunteer committee and supported by March of Dimes staff. It is attended by many state and local corporate and civic leaders. The majority of funds are raised through corporate sponsorships, and Fund the Mission. Money raised by the March of Dimes River Region Citizen of the Year will fund medical research, programs of community service, education and advocacy to help the March of Dimes achieve its mission of preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality.

Past Honorees for the event include:

  • 2013, Laura and Barrie Harmon
  • 2012, Lynn Beshear
  • 2011, Doctor Jacks Hawkins
  • 2010, Judge Charles Price
  • 2009, First Lady Patsy Riley
  • 2008, Charles Jinright
  • 2007, Morris Dees
  • 2006, Jere Locke Beasley
  • 2005, Dr. John Ed Mathison
  • 2004, Mayor Todd Strange

In Alabama, 60,050 are born each year. Of those, 9,360 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation), and 1,820 babies are born with a birth defect. Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death; and 50 percent of those preterm births are for unknown reasons.

No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to give EVERY BABY a healthy, fighting chance at life. With your help, they work to improve the health of babies and support families if something does go wrong.

Sponsors included: 2014 Presenting Sponsor Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, PC; Gold Sponsor GKN Aerospace; Silver Sponsors: Aronov Realty, Harmon Dennis Bradshaw Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fairway Independent Mortgage (formerly Residential Mortgage), Wilson Family Foundation; Bronze Sponsors: Alabama Artificial Limb, Alabama Power Company, Baptist Health, Center for Pain, Fine, Geddie & Associates, The J. K. Lowder Family Foundation, Jackson Thornton, Mike Preskitt, Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A., Southeast Wood Treating, Standard Taylor Industries (Standard Roofing), Sterling Bank and Summit America LLC.

Visit the March of Dimes website for information about its programs and services, or contact Ashely Gorum at the March of Dimes at 334-277-6910 or

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