What’s Right with the Region? We are!
Following Gates’speech, he joined Civic League chair Lesley Grady and Host Committee Chair (and DeKalb County CEO) Burrell Ellis in presenting The League’s annual Regional Excellence Awards to the Atlanta Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging, the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Horace Sibley and Trees Atlanta. (For more on the award recipients, please refer to the article that follows.)
The 2010 Founders’ Award was presented to James L. Rhoden, Jr., chairman of Futren Corporation, by his friend Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The Founders’ Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution of vision, leadership and action for positive change in the Atlanta region over a period of years. In his remarks, Bolling characterized Jim as a true believer in the critical need for a cohesive region who works quietly behind the scenes to push important business, cultural and civic initiatives on a regional level and at home in Cobb County.
The Civic League is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of this event and throughout the year: The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Georgia Power, UPS, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Atlanta Regional Commission, Gifford Hillgass & Ingwersen and Futren Corporation. Also, very special thanks the Event Committee led by Ginny Rainey and our in-kind sponsors: Affairs to Remember Caterers, The Atlanta Opera, The Commerce Club, Jackson Spalding and Sarah Douglas Communications. What’s Right with the Region honorary co-chairs were Craig Lesser of The Pendleton Group and Charlie Yates of Zurich N.A.
For more on What’s Right with the Region, be sure to see this excellent article from the SaportaReport.