Ben and Luanne Russell, the founders of Children’s Harbor, have long recognized that Lake Martin is a special place. Along these shores, people of all kinds find a place for recreation, reflection and restoration. And from their generous hearts, the Russells wanted to offer the same opportunities to families with seriously ill children.
Ben, the grandson of Russell Corporation founder Benjamin Russell, is Chairman of Russell Lands. Among its areas of operation, the closely held private company manages several hundred miles of shoreline property on Lake Martin. In 1989 Russell Lands donated 50 acres comprising one mile of the most beautiful shorelines of Lake Martin property for the new charity that would become Children’s Harbor.
In 2001, the Russells extended the reach and scope of Children’s Harbor with their gift to build a state-of-the-art Children’s Harbor Family Resource and Counseling Center at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2005, Russell Lands donated an additional 17 acres to expand the Lake Martin location.
Children’s Harbor is dedicated to the memory of Ben's mother, Adelia M. Russell.