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Atlanta Couple Named Outstanding Philanthropists

(March 2, 2010) Pete and Ada Lee Correll, long-time donors and volunteers who have created a charitable legacy in Atlanta, Ga., have been selected to receive AFP's top philanthropy honor, the Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.

Nominated by Emory University and the AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter, the Corrells have given millions of dollars to a variety of charitable causes in Atlanta and across the state of Georgia.  The couple has given to The Georgia Aquarium to create the Center for Aquatic Animal Health.  Other recipients of their significant generosity include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and of Brunswick (Ga.); East Georgia College (Swainsboro, Ga.); The University of Maine; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; United Way; The Nature Conservancy; United Negro College Fund and Young Audiences Woodruff Arts Center, to name just a few.

The award, sponsored by Paschal Murray, Inc., a national executive search firm specializing in the nonprofit sector, will be presented to the Corrells on April 13, 2010, at the Awards for Philanthropy Banquet in Baltimore, Md., during AFP's International Conference on Fundraising.

"This award is beyond anything we ever expected or deserve," said the Corrells. "We were both raised with a belief that we had an obligation to give back, not only of our time, but of our resources.  We have been uniquely blessed with success and honored with opportunities to give back."

The Corrells have been especially supportive of Emory University, recently donating to its School of Medicine to fund term limit chairs and scholarships. In addition to their monetary gifts, both of the Corrells served as chairs of the school's 150th anniversary celebration, and Mrs. Correll currently chairs the $500 million School of Medicine campaign, part of the larger $1.6 billion Emory campaign.  

"The Corrells are literally changing the face of Atlanta and all of Georgia with their extraordinary generosity and leadership," said Colette Murray, CEO of Paschal Murray. "It is not just their gift support that is so impressive, but their willingness to get involved, lead projects and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Paschal Murray is honored to partner with AFP in recognizing the Corrells for their tremendous philanthropy". 

One of the Correll's biggest projects is to help rebuild and revitalize Grady Memorial Hospital, a 116 year old institution that is the region's only 24-hour trauma center for the indigent and medically underserved. Mr. Correll, a former corporate executive who now serves as the chairman of Atlanta Equity and the chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., led the charge for the creation of a new, nonprofit corporation to oversee the Grady Health System and develop a base of local support. Through his leadership, the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation was established, and Mr. Correll helped secure a $200 million pledge of capital funding from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. He also helped lead a community-wide effort to raise an additional $100 million.   

Mrs. Correll is an experienced volunteer fundraiser who has chaired and led countless fundraising efforts for numerous nonprofit organizations. Just a few of her impressive achievements include organizing the Heart Ball for the American Heart Association, which netted a record amount - more than $1 million. She has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta since 1995, twice leading their flagship fundraising event and working tirelessly on virtually every volunteer committee. 

"While individual donors are the mainstay of philanthropy, it's so rare to have a powerhouse couple like the Corrells who understand the challenges and complexities of both giving and fundraising," said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP.  "To have both of them so actively involved and so successful at their philanthropy is a rare treasure, and they are truly deserving of this honor."

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