CARE celebrates 10 years in Atlanta

CARE
Sunday, 28 September 2003

Mayor Franklin presents CARE with Phoenix Award

Ten years ago today, CARE opened its doors in Atlanta after relocating from New York City where it was founded in 1945. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Mayor Shirley Franklin presented CARE President and CEO Peter Bell with the City of Atlanta Phoenix Award for "continued, demonstrated vision, initiative and leadership in the effort to achieve a world without poverty."

"CARE's presence has helped Atlanta become an increasingly international city whose residents are more educated, concerned and engaged in international issues," said Mayor Franklin, who is a new honorary member of the Atlanta Committee for CARE comprised of local business and civic community volunteers who raise awareness and support for CARE.

Bell accepted the Phoenix Award, thanking Mayor Franklin and acknowledging relations with hometown partners and media including: Delta Air Lines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, Morehouse College, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and CNN as well as generous support from The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Sun Trust Bank, Georgia Power, and King and Spalding, which made the relocation possible. Bell, who has served as CARE's president and CEO since October 1995, was chair of the organization's board of directors a decade ago when the decision was made to relocate.

"The last decade has gotten CARE-in-Atlanta off to a great start," said Bell, "The next decade promises to offer even more opportunities for us to help engage Atlanta's businesses and residents in the fight against global poverty."

An ad in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10 years ago this month read: "CARE is excited to be in our new Atlanta home. But we'll still be working in the same old place." A map of the world accompanied the ad's text. Woodruff Foundation President Charles "Pete" McTier stated that when the foundation heard CARE was considering a move to Atlanta, he and other community leaders made sure "the welcome was warm."

"CARE is the leading relief organization in the world," he remarked. "We knew it would be a feather in Atlanta's cap to have them headquartered in Atlanta."

CARE is one of the world's leading humanitarian organizations. Its Atlanta headquarters, located at 151 Ellis Street, has a staff of 300 people representing more than 30 nationalities. Worldwide, CARE's 12,000 staff members work in 69 developing countries, helping communities improve their quality of life through projects in agriculture and natural resources, economic development, education, food, health, water and sanitation and emergency response.

For more information, or to contact CARE, see their website at: www.care.org

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