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Give Birmingham: The Harbert Center

In the early 1980s, members of area civic clubs recognized the need for a facility which would provide office space and become a permanent meeting location for civic organizations.  Hall W. Thompson and John M. Harbert, III spearheaded the effort to seek donations and plan construction of the facility.  Building The Harbert Center became a community project as members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, jointly raised the funds needed to complete the construction and furnishing of the building.  Throughout the years of operation and still today, the continuing contributions of members of these organizations, along with the Sunrise Rotary Club and a host of other non-profit groups and business associations who regularly use the facility, ensure the long-term upkeep of the building and its furnishings.

The Harbert Center opened on June 16, 1986.  Since opening, The Harbert Center has been the “home” of a number of civic and professional organizations, and has been used for many memorable community events.  Functions as diverse as meetings, weddings and receptions, school proms, awards ceremonies, bar mitzvahs, church anniversaries, and retirement dinners are often held at The Harbert Center.

For almost thirty-seven years, The Harbert Center still offers a perfect setting with endless capabilities.  With its unique design and multi-purpose functionality, areas of The Harbert Center allow for almost any set-up or event for as few as 10 guests, as many as almost 400 guests, or any expectations in between.  All are welcome to come and experience Birmingham’s own Harbert Center ….. A timeless facility, presenting outstanding food and service, and a long term commitment to making your event the best ever!

Most Birmingham business people have grown accustomed to the welcoming environment and friendly Southern hospitality of The Harbert Center. Most don’t realize that it is unusual to have a facility (built by civic groups, for use by civic groups) of this quality where civic groups can meet regularly in a metropolitan city like Birmingham.

Purposed to offer competitive pricing specifically for non-profit groups, The Harbert Center also offers attractive pricing and first-rate, high end, quality services to clients of every market segment and social sector of the event planning industry …. More competitive pricing structures are available with regular use. This trend has proven successful throughout the years of operation as is evident in the men and women who attend their high school prom here, and later return as adults planning their wedding.  Event planning and hospitality is what we do, our business is relationships!

For information on booking your event at The Harbert Center, please contact Alexis Williams (Event Sales Manager), Chandrel Wright (Executive Director), or Jessica Plemons (Event Sales Director).


The establishing mission of The Harbert Center was and is to provide a permanent meeting space option for Birmingham’s civic groups and non-profit associations.  In keeping with this mission, The Harbert Center offers discounted pricing to non-profits and otherwise generous rates, all in a first-class atmosphere, to each group of the like that hosts an event, meeting, or social affair. 

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