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Release Date: 08.10.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Funds BeltLine Tours

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to keep the Atlanta BeltLine Tour Program running through through December.

In six years, more than 13,000 fans have enjoyed the free, narrated bus tour of the Atlanta BeltLine, named by Atlanta Magazine  "one of the things every Atlantan must do."

"The Atlanta BeltLine Tour Program plays a vital role in educating residents and visitors about this transformative urban development and green space project," said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.  "The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation recognizes the value of providing this resource - for free - to the thousands of people who take the tour each year."

BeltLine Tour reservations open on the 15th of each month and typically fill within hours. The tours provide a first-hand view of progress along the Atlanta BeltLine, including the Eastside Trail and the future West Side Park and Reservoir.  Participants consistently report that the tour experience changes their perspective of Atlanta.

"We are so grateful for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation's incredible support for Atlanta BeltLine Partnership programs and the community," said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Executive Director Valarie Wilson.  "It thrills us to be able to continue to offer this program for free thanks to the support this grant will provide."

As the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership initiates an annual operating campaign, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation grant is addressing an urgent need to continue the tours in 2012.  The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is seeking sponsors for the tour program and its other programs, affording those underwriters exposure to tens of thousands of passionately engaged Atlantans.

About the Atlanta BeltLine:
The Atlanta BeltLine is a $2.8 billion redevelopment project that is building a network of public parks, multi-use trails, and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.  The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States.  Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), formed by the Atlanta Development Authority, is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments.

About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership:
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today.  The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.  Mr. Blank co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.  Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $250 million to various charitable organizations.  Visit the Foundation web site for more information at www.BlankFoundation.org.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Donovan Lee-Sin

Company: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Phone: 404-367-2049

E-mail: DLeeSin@ambfo.com