Bethune Elementary learns the value of philanthropy

Non-profit leaders with the Atlanta Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) visited Bethune Elementary School in November to engage students in its first-ever service learning initiative “Promoting Philanthropy in the Classrooms.” The partnership with Bethune was coordinated by School Counselor and Partnership Coordinator Tamika Witcher and Keisha Tennyson, chairperson of National Philanthropy Day. Bethune Art Club members paid tribute to Philanthropist of the Year honorees at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon held at the Georgia Aquarium by presenting pieces of impressionistic artwork.

The National Philanthropy Day movement recognizes the numerous philanthropic achievements and contributions that enrich our communities, our city and our world. The annual AFP National Philanthropy Day Luncheon is the premier Georgia assembly of philanthropic nonprofit and business leaders.

The 2009 Philanthropist of the Year award was presented to Ada Lee and Pete Correll. Edward S. Heys, Jr., Atlanta deputy managing partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP, received the 2009 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year award. Past honorees have included Atlanta philanthropy leaders such as Stephanie and Arthur Blank (2000); Bernie Marcus (1998); Nita and J. Mack Robinson (1994); Herman J. Russell (2006); Linda and S. Stephen Selig III; Sue and John Wieland (2005); Robert W. Woodruff (1986); and Charles R. Yates (1988).

Beta Club members Elle Anderson and Rashaard Sheats recited a poem of appreciation entitled “Volunteers” which discussed the positive attributes of volunteering to a crowd of almost 1,000 high-profile community leaders. It was a wonderful gathering celebrating the humanitarian gifts within our community.

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