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Penney Parker Hartline is the Director of Development for the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the nonprofit arm that supports the Gardens.  With the Friends, Penney overseas special events, guides the Benefactor’s Circle and donor relations and raises the funds to protect, nurture and grow our Garden.  The Friends provide daily field trips, special programming, outreach, and additional operational support for the Gardens maintenance.

A Birmingham native, Penney began her career in Atlanta in the investment industry. Returning to Birmingham, she immersed herself in the volunteer community, serving on community boards, including the Junior League of Birmingham, Voices for Alabama Children, McWane Science Center, Children’s Dance Foundation, Cherokee Bend Elementary PTO, YWCA Jr Board, Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, Linly Heflin Unit, STAIR of Birmingham; numerous committees and chair of Zoo Gala, Hope Gala, and Point Ball; and is an active member of Independent Presbyterian Church.

She and her husband, Roger, have two children, Merrill Grace who lives and works in Dallas, and Parker, who lives and works in Birmingham.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
As a past Junior League of Birmingham President, I am passionate about the issues in our community surrounding women and children.  I was a member of the committee that selected One Place as the recipient of the 100th Anniversary gift.  I am proud of the JLB for addressing domestic violence.  There are no boundaries.  Domestic violence continues to affect families and individuals across all races, all ages, all religions, and all socioeconomic levels.  It saddens me that the numbers continue to rise and that the need for services and safe places is increasing.  I am honored to carry the Past President Torch this year!

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
There are many passionate women in this community who are my mentors starting with the Past Presidents of this incredible organization who continue to give of their time, talents, and resources to serve the Birmingham community.  I hope that I follow in their footsteps, to share the support each of them have shown me through the years, the vision they have for the future, and passion they share with each individual and organization they support.


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