Thursday, August 14, 2008

Frances B. Bunzl and Charles Yates, Jr. Named Top Honorees at National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

The Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will celebrate the contributions of civic leader Frances B. Bunzl as the 2008 Philanthropist of the Year and Atlanta community leader Charles R. Yates, Jr. as this year’s Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.

Bunzl and Yates will be honored at the 26th National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at The Georgia World Congress Center. AFP also will recognize teen volunteers of the year at the event. Monica Pearson and John Pruitt of WSB-TV’s award winning news team are this year’s emcees.

Nominated by the High Museum of Art, Frances Bunzl is described as “exemplifying the meaning of the word ‘philanthropist’ in its truest sense of someone whose charitable acts are driven by an innate desire to benefit others. She has made extraordinary contributions to the Museum over the years and is an advocate for the museum, ensuring that others in the community appreciate and understand the need for a vibrant High Museum.”

In addition to her support of the Museum, Bunzl contributes to Emory University, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Foundation, Highland Cashier Chamber Music Festival, the Bascom Museum in Highlands, North Carolina and the Atlanta International School. She also endowed the timpani chair for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in honor of her late husband Walter in 1988.

Nominated by The Atlanta Opera, Charles R. Yates, Jr., who has served on The Atlanta Opera’s Board of Directors since 2006, is described as being an “invaluable leader and asset” to the organization. He is credited with being “a major factor in the company’s amazing turn-around in the past two years.” Yates was instrumental in the planning and launching of a three-year $10.9 million Capacity Building Campaign, and personally raised over $2 million.

In addition to his service with the Opera, Yates contributes to the Metropolitan Atlanta YMCA, Regional Leadership Foundation, Washington & Lee University Williams School (Commerce, Politics and Economics), Westminster Schools, The Sara Giles Moore Foundation, The Atlanta Rotary Club, Emory University Bobby Jones Scholar Program and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

An annual celebration in Atlanta and across the country generally held in November during National Philanthropy Month, this year’s luncheon was moved to the end of October to avoid conflicting with Election Day. Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, SunTrust Bank and Coxe Curry and Associates are presenting sponsors of Atlanta’s National Philanthropy Day (NPD) which is the largest celebration of its kind in the world. NPD attracts over 1,300 guests representing the Who’s Who of Atlanta philanthropy gathered to honor the leading donors and volunteers who, as the NPD motto proclaims, are “changing the world with a giving heart.”

For more information about the National Philanthropy Day recognition luncheon, please call 1-877-845-0704 or visit
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