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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Announces Additional $15 Million Commitment to Westside Transformation

Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Announces Additional $15 Million Commitment to Westside Transformation

In September, Arthur Blank, through his family foundation, committed an additional $15 million to the positive transformation efforts taking place in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods, bringing the total of the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund to $30 million. On behalf of the city of Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed dedicated $15 million to the Bellwood Quarry Park, $1 million to move Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre to the Westside, and $1 million to Westside Works.

Atlanta United Sets New MLS Attendance Record

Atlanta United Sets New MLS Attendance Record

Averaging more fans per game than any other club in Major League Soccer, Atlanta United wrapped its successful, inaugural season in tremendous fashion with two, record-setting matches at home at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United’s matches against Orlando City FC on September 16 and Toronto FC on October 22 have both broken the previous MLS single-game attendance record of 69,255, which was set back in 1996.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Shines in First Public Events

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Shines in First Public Events

Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened for its first event on August 26 and welcomed more than half a million fans in its first 23 days. Highlights included the Chick-fil-A College Football Kickoff games bringing 151,437 fans into the building, Atlanta United setting a new MLS single-game attendance record with 70,425 fans at its September 16 match against Orlando City FC and the Falcons clinching a 34-23 win over the Green Bay Packers in the first regular season home football game.

Westside Works Surpasses 500 Residents Trained

Westside Works Surpasses 500 Residents Trained

A partnership between the Blank Family Foundation and community-led organizations, Westside Works is a program focused on providing job training and creating employment opportunities for residents of Atlanta’s historic Westside communities that neighbor Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Launched in 2014, Westside Works has trained more than 500 residents in the fields of construction, culinary, nursing, and IT, representing more than $12 million in wages earned by graduates.