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Atlanta Resident Terry Stent Named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

(March 13, 2006) F. Terry Stent, art collector, Atlanta resident and committed philanthropist, has won the Ketchum Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

The award honors service by an individual or family who demonstrates exceptional skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects for the benefit of charitable organizations. Mr. Stent will receive the honor on April 4, 2006, in Atlanta, Ga., at the Awards for Philanthropy Banquet during AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising.

For many years, Mr. Stent has been a major benefactor and the chief volunteer fundraiser for the High Museum of Art, a division of the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. As the High’s board chair, he helped lead the museum’s $130 million expansion campaign. He has solicited and received numerous multi-million dollar gifts and leads by example, providing capital support, funds for the purchase of American art, and a gift to endow the Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art

Mr. Stent has also provided extensive support and guidance for the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. It was his gift to endow a director’s position at the museum which led to its first major building and endowment campaign. For that effort, he helped raise $23 million from the federal government and major arts supporters throughout the United States.

“Mr. Stent is the epitome of a volunteer fundraiser – selfless, dedicated, generous and a true leader,” said Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “His willingness to not just contribute to an organization, but actively lead it in all aspects of its operations, is extraordinary, and AFP is honored to recognize his contributions to the philanthropic world.”

“We are pleased to join AFP in paying tribute to Mr. Stent,” said Bob Carter, president of Ketchum, the consulting firm sponsoring the award. “His efforts symbolize the valuable contributions of committed volunteers across the country. Ketchum is delighted to help recognize the difference that volunteers like Terry Stent make by unselfishly enriching the lives of others.”

Formerly a pilot for Delta Air Lines, Mr. Stent now volunteers his time and flies critically ill individuals, disaster evacuees such as those from Hurricane Katrina and Special Olympics participants. He and his family have also established F.T. Stent Family Foundation to support a wide group of nonprofit organizations and causes.

“One of the things I learned over many decades in the air is the importance of a good flight team,” said Mr. Stent. “I am honored to have been part of several great fund-raising teams that have soared to new heights: thanks to great causes, good staff, and, above all, wonderful and generous donors. It has been a pleasure to help with these top-flight causes—from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta to the athletes who compete in our Special Olympics every year.”

For more information about the conference and attending the Awards for Philanthropy Banquet, click here.

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