2020 has brought unprecedented challenges across every aspect of life and work worldwide. Incredible people have risen to the challenge—pivoting, reinventing, reimagining and working harder than ever before. Birmingham’s non-profit leaders transformed annual galas into virtual gatherings, transitioned runs into races for runners to complete on their own time, and innovated new ways to raise funds and provide services to those in need throughout the Magic City. We asked our nonprofit partners to nominate the volunteers who helped them get through this year. We are proud to spotlight some of the individuals who played integral roles as Birmingham’s 2020 Trailblazers.

Name: Jack Prewitt

Work: The Prewitt Group

Charity: Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation

Motivation: I knew about the Robert E. Reed Foundation and the incredible work they were doing for cancer research before the Junior Board was created. When a friend reached out to me last year about helping launch the new committee, I was excited at the opportunity to help the foundation in any way I could.

What I Gained from 2020: From a professional standpoint, I think the pandemic has forced companies to identify ways to improve efficiencies in procedures that might not have otherwise occurred. A perfect example of this is how many companies have continued to thrive despite a new remote working environment. From a social standpoint, I think that people will have a deeper appreciation for Birmingham’s growing live music scene once it is able to fully return.

Check out all of our 2020 Trailblazers here!