Deshe Family Cuts Ribbon on New Alston Facilities

Deshe Family and Stuart Bell cutting ribbon

Among those returning to the Capstone for the 2023 Homecoming Weekend was the Deshe family, whose significant gifts in 2022 kicked off the $4 million fundraising campaign to renovate Mary Hewell Alston Hall.

Ann and Ari Deshe’s commitment included $1.1 million to the Alston Hall renovation, $400,000 to scholarships for first-generation business students, and $500,000 to the Bloom Hillel Student Center, a gathering place for UA Jewish students.

After the Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Arkansas Razorbacks football matchup, the extended Deshe family, close friends, and UA President Stuart R. Bell convened in Alston Hall to cut the ribbon formally opening the Ann and Ari Deshe Parlor, Dean’s Suite, and Conference Room.

They were joined by Culverhouse Dean Kay Palan and VP for Advancement Bob Pierce.

See photos from the ribbon cutting below:

Ari Deshe at Piano
The ribbon cutting featured a family duet on the piano.


Hewsons and Deshes
Ari and Ann Deshe alongside friends Marillyn and James Hewson.



Ari Deshe sharing his and Ann’s motivations for supporting The University of Alabama and the Culverhouse College of Business.



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