Remy Fund Announces New Grant Committee Member

Joey Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and animal lover, has joined The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services grant making committee.

Remy Fund founder, Ken Jackson said, “Joey is a highly accomplished and respected leader who brings a wealth of experience in animal related issues and community service. His knowledge, his commitment, and his understanding of the challenges and opportunities for groups that support traditional companion animals will add great value to our grantmaking efforts.”

Other Remy Fund Grant Committee members include:  Committee Chair, Debra Linton, Cathy Adams, Beth Franklin, Brenda Bell Guercio, Nancy Hughes, Sandy Logan, James “Murphy” Lynch, Beverly Virciglio, Cameron Vowell and Ken Jackson, ex officio.

About Joey Kennedy Joey Kennedy

Kennedy  is a community engagement specialist at Alabama Media Group where he covers animal issues for, The Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times and the Press Register of Mobile. He has been named the state’s top opinion columnist five times. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1991 and was a finalist in 1994 and 2006.

Kennedy has worked for The Birmingham News in various positions since 1981. Prior to that, he worked at newspapers in Anniston, Cullman, Pell City and Houma, La.

This year, Kennedy receives the Abe Krawcheck Award from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (on Dec. 5) during its annual Auxiliary Community Awards Luncheon.  He is receiving the award for “acts that demonstrate kindness to all living creatures.”

He is married to Veronica. The Kennedys live on Birmingham’s Southside with their dogs and a cat.

About the Remy Fund

Ken Jackson established the Remy Fund, a special Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, named for his late dog, Remy, in 2010. Jackson has provided $750,000 to the fund which, along with generous contributions from community donors, has enabled more grant-making dollars to go to animal related programs this year. Since 2011 the fund has granted more than $100,000 to nonprofits that work with companion animals. Click here for a list of recent grants.

If you share a passion for pets and animal services, you can be part of the Remy Fund by making a gift on-line at  or by check.  The grant cycle for 2015 grants from the Remy Fund for Pets & Animal Services will open for applications March 1, 2015. For more information about grants contact Kim Rogers at 205.327.3804 .