Blank honored for philanthropy

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Atlanta Falcons Owner & CEO Arthur Blank will be honored today as Atlanta's Council for Quality Growth's 2010 "Four Pillar Honoree."

The Four Pillar Award, which will be presented to Blank in front of area business leaders at the Georgia World Congress Center, is the Atlanta business community's highest honor celebrating the pillars of "Quality, Responsibility, Vision and Integrity" and reflects the contributions made to economic development and the region's quality of life.

"The mission of the Blank Family Foundation is to promote positive change in people's lives and to build and enhance communities in which they live," the Council for Quality Growth wrote in announcing the honor. "The Foundation has an especially strong interest in supporting innovative endeavors leading to better circumstances for low-income youth and their families. Through his generosity, The Blank Family Foundation has granted more than $250 million to support early childhood development, education, the arts and parks and green space."

Said Council President & CEO Michael Paris, "Arthur Blank is a visionary...but what makes him the ideal honoree is the dedication and generosity he has shown to this community, state and country."

Added Council Chairman Gerald Pouncey: "The level of quality and integrity in which Arthur conducts his businesses and foundation is unmatched in the state and perhaps the country."

Read more about the Four Pillar Award on the Four Pillar Tribute Website.

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