Celebrating 20 Years in Atlanta

Twenty years ago, the global poverty-fighting organization CARE moved its headquarters to Atlanta. “Bringing the World to Atlanta,” held Oct. 18 at the Atlanta History Center, celebrated this special anniversary with an extraordinary evening of entertainment, reflections on CARE, and recognition of Atlanta’s position as a gateway to the globe.

“You name a challenge that is being faced in a developing part of the world and typically CARE is there,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a video tribute that premiered at the event. “And, by extension, the city of Atlanta is there.”

Before a crowd of more than 400 people, Mayor Reed presented CARE with the distinguished Phoenix Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the city of Atlanta. Ceasar C. Mitchell, president of the Atlanta City Council, read aloud a proclamation declaring Oct. 11 as CARE Day in Atlanta. CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle noted that the day is particularly significant to CARE, which fights extreme poverty by empowering women and girls, because Oct. 11 is also International Day of the Girl.