Corporate leadership luncheon launches Partnership Walk 2005
At a kick-off event for Atlanta Partnership Walk 2005, business leaders and distinguished members of the metro Atlanta community participated at a Corporate Leadership Luncheon sponsored by Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A (AKF USA). AKF USA is a private, non-denominational non-profit international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, primarily in Asia and Africa.
In a keynote address to 180 attendees, the Honorable Mark Taylor, Lieutenant Governor, State of Georgia, acknowledged that "the Aga Khan Development Network sets the bar of achievement when it comes to fighting poverty and hunger and it also provides a shining example of commitment to community service and giving back."
In his presentation, Mr. Iqbal Noor Ali, Chief Executive Officer, AKF USA, noted how the Foundation is committed to alleviating poverty and expanding opportunities for the disadvantaged by investing in people. This year's Partnership Walk theme, Investing in People, reflects the Foundation's approach to building the capacity of poor communities to find sustainable solutions that lift them out of poverty. Examples of such investments include promoting education, improving health care and empowering women through micro credit.
Larry Butler, President and Chris Butler, Vice President of Butler Capital Corp., a private financial service firm, sponsored the luncheon held at the Crown Plaza Ravinia. Larry Butler remarked: "The Foundation and the Partnership Walk this year deserves our support for many reasons. The Foundation provides a very tangible way for each of us to touch others who are less fortunate, not with charity, but with help that provides opportunity and fosters self-reliance." Mr. Jeff Hill, Fox5 News Meteorologist from WAGA Atlanta, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Partnership Walk is a national event, held in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness to end global poverty. One hundred percent of the funds raised at the Partnership Walk go directly to the projects supported by the Foundation. No contributions are used for administrative costs.
The Atlanta Partnership Walk will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Centennial Olympic Park. www.partnershipwalk.org.
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