The East Lake Foundation Honors Tom and Ann Cousins at Inaugural Party on the Green Event

The East Lake Foundation will host the inaugural Party on the Green event on April 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic East Lake Golf Club. This signature event, proudly presented by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, will honor the legacy of the East Lake Foundation’s founders Tom and Ann Cousins. Their vision and dedication to holistic community revitalization has renewed hope, opportunity and possibility for countless families in Atlanta’s East Lake community and in other neighborhoods in cities across the country.

Party on the Green will transport attendees back to the Roaring Twenties for one night where they will enjoy the incredible jazz sounds of the Joe Gransden Band and classic handcrafted cocktails created by master mixologists.

Proceeds from Party on the Green will benefit the East Lake Foundation’s Early Childhood Education Initiative. This includes support for the East Lake Early Learning Academy, Sheltering Arms East Lake, and the Cox Pre-K Program at Charles R. Drew Charter School, all integral partners in East Lake’s cradle-to-college education pipeline.

“The Foundation is honored to have the generous support of our Presenting Sponsor, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Diamond Sponsors, Cox Enterprises, Rogers Electric, Southern Company, The Coca-Cola Company and Mary Ellen Imlay,” said Daniel J. Shoy Jr., president of the East Lake Foundation. “As a result of this support, more economically-disadvantaged children will be provided a strong foundation for academic success rooted in early language and literacy.”

“Exceptional cannot begin to describe the dedication that Tom, Ann, the entire Cousins family and the East Lake Foundation have given to community revitalization over the past 20 years,” said Penelope McPhee, President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “We are so fortunate to learn from the model they have established as we collectively work to make Atlanta better every day.”

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About the East Lake Foundation

Founded in 1995 by developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to provide tools that enable Atlanta’s East Lake residents to build a better future through its holistic model for community revitalization.

The East Lake model includes cradle-to-college education at Drew Charter School and its early learning partners, mixed-income housing at The Villages of East Lake and community wellness through programs including The First Tee® of East Lake, the Resident and Community Support Program, Start ME: East Lake micro-entrepreneur program and East Lake Healthy Connections. This approach to building a strong community not only helps break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but also creates a place where people of all ages and incomes choose to live.

East Lake has become a national model for holistic community redevelopment across the country through Purpose Built Communities. For more information, please visit

About The Arthur M. Blank Foundation

Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to transform the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today.

The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch and Atlanta United.

Mr. Blank, chairman of the Foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.Through the Foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $300 million to various charitable organizations.

For more information about The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, visit or follow @BlankFamilyFoundation on Facebook and @BlankFoundation on Twitter.


Press Contacts

Catherine Woodling

Director of Communications and Marketing

East Lake Foundation



Alison Sawyer

Director, Foundation Communications

The Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses