My name is Kent Stewart.
I graduated from the University of Alabama in 1978 and the University of Alabama School of Law in 1981. I started my own law practice concentrating on real estate law. In 2009, I founded Reli Settlement Solutions, LLC, a real estate title and closing firm headquartered in Birmingham. Reli has 14 branch offices in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.
I started mountain climbing rather by accident in 2006 when my wife, Julie, and I decided to attempt Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. After summiting, we embarked on an adventure to see if we could climb the Seven Summits – the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Between 2006 and 2009, we summited five of the seven together but failed on Denali in Alaska. I summited Denali in 2011, which only leaves Mount Everest to complete the seven.
Having spent a great deal of time in the mountains around the world, we’ve realized that many of the rural communities around these mountains are in dire need of help. Julie and I were particularly moved by the challenges facing the children of these small villages and towns. With helping these communities and their children as our touchstone, we founded the Seven Summits Foundation in 2007. We started out with a modest goal: to help the students of a school in Tanzania. A decade later as of this writing, the money we raise goes to help families all over the world and here at home.
In April of 2015, I was at Everest Base Camp when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 9,000 people. The Seven Summits Foundation has raised more than $100,000 to help the rebuilding effort in Nepal and that effort continues. The Foundation continues to support the children of Tanzania as well as other projects in Africa. We also support more than eighty deserving causes here in the United States.
What makes the Seven Summits Foundation unique is that we have zero overhead expense. All of our services are donated so that 100% of every dollar you donate goes directly to those in need. We can’t fix the world, but we can make a significant difference in the lives of a few people in communities that desperately need it. And that’s our goal.