Presented by Christian City

Celebrating Community Leadership

Christian City is honoring individuals and businesses that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment towards the betterment of our Atlanta community. Each of our honorees has made an indelible impact on improving the Atlanta community. The inaugural Community Champion Awards dinner will pay tribute to three special and deserving recipients in three categories: Individual, Nonprofit and Corporate.

2019 Honorees

Individual: Stephanie Blank

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Stephanie Blank has made countless contributions to the community through the many years of service with United Way, Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and her position as a board chair and president of Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. Her work with these organizations and her dedication to the city has inspired leaders and citizens in all parts of our community to stand together for a thriving society. Due to her innovative approach to philanthropy in addition to her tireless efforts to help the children and families of our city, the Atlanta we all know and love is now a better Atlanta than it was in the past. She is truly a longtime champion of education and helping children in Atlanta. Click Here to see Stephanie’s remarks at the event.

Nonprofit: Westside Future Fund

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Westside Future Fund is an organization of Atlanta community leaders who believe in the revitalization of the Westside community, specifically Vine City, Ashview Heights, English Avenue and the AUC neighborhoods. These neighborhoods were once a thriving part of Atlanta, on the forefront of the civil rights movement and home to many of its leaders. Together with Chick-fil-A, it is apparent that the Westside Future Fund appreciates the rich history of the area and sees an opportunity for philanthropic efforts to spur growth.

The true grassroots approach implemented by the Westside Future Fund has fostered valuable relationships that are needed within the community. The Westside Future Fund continuously carries out its work, despite the community’s current economic state, resulting in major improvements for the area. The various programs have led to a 43 percent reduction in crime and, because of specialized training for people in these neighborhoods, the community has brought in over $16.2 million in wages.

The ongoing programs, in addition to the millions of dollars raised to help revitalize this community, highlight the pure acts of service this organization does for the community.

Corporate: Delta Air Lines, Inc.

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Delta Air Lines has committed over 50 years of engagement and generous giving of time and service to the Atlanta community and beyond. Their efforts in advancing education, supporting organizations committed to global health, and aiding service members and veterans only begin to scratch the surface of this company’s involvement with the community. Beginning in 2016, Delta Air Lines committed to annually giving one percent of its net profits to charitable organizations and as of April 1, 2019, Delta Air Lines employees are now paid to take a day off to volunteer with a nonprofit of their choice. This resulted in over $50 million in community giving for 2018 and an estimated 640,000 additional volunteer hours by Delta Air Lines employees for 2019.

Specifically, Delta Air Lines began its relationship with Christian City in 1972 by building the Children’s Village cottage. Delta Air Lines has made a positive impact on several Christian City children over the years, as many have been trained and given jobs that they still hold today. At Christian City, this corporation spreads Christmas cheer each holiday season for the Christian City youth. The annual Christmas party at the Delta Flight Museum is always accompanied with games, food, Santa Claus, gifts and notable members of both the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves. In the spring of 2019, volunteers from the Delta Tech Ops division completed a renovation of the original 1972 cottage into two apartments for use by families served by our Children and Family programs and senior residents.

The ongoing leadership and significant contributions Delta Air Lines and the dedicated staff have made to Christian City, the countless organizations in Atlanta and worldwide organizations year after year demonstrate this company’s commitment to their home and its community.

Save the Date

September 28, 2021
5:30 PM – Social Hour & Silent Auction
7:00 PM – Dinner & Program
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

2019 Award Winners

Stephanie Blank

Westside Future Fund

Delta Air Lines Inc.

2019 Event Committee

Event Co-Chairs
Ron Canakaris
Montag & Caldwell, LLC

Miguel Southwell
Brakkam Aviation Management, LLC

Committee Members
Paul Chancey
Cherry Bekaert LLP

David Duke
Living Stories

Joe Handy
Georgia Aquarium

Bob Hope
Hope-Beckham PR

John Lucht
Smith & Howard

Adam Mosley
Uzima Water Filters

Ashley Preisinger
Georgia Proton Center

Jim Squire
Franchise Marketing Advisors

Steve Swope
Swope Family Fund

Ty Tippett
The Foundation of Wesley Woods

Carol Waddy

2019 Community Champion Awards Sponsors




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About Christian City
Christian City was established 55 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children, and older adults, living at Christian City in south metro Atlanta. In addition to four Children & Family Programs (Children’s Village Residential Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, and Thrive Graduate Transition Program), the campus includes 500 retirement homes and apartments for active seniors, a 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit

Funds generated from the Community Champion Award event support Christian City’s mission.