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Ignite! 2012 – Celebrating 20 years of the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation

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Atlanta, GA (July 30, 2012). Ignite! 2012, a gala celebrating the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation (MJYF) for 20 years of service in the Atlanta community, will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.  Honorees include Shirley Franklin, former Atlanta Mayor, and CEO of Purpose Built Communities; Charles Brewer, founder and managing partner, Las Catalinas; Rosa Arnold, founder and CEO of the Albert T. Mills Center; and Joey Reiman, founder and CEO of BrightHouse, a global consultancy.

Ignite! 2012 is the first public event to pay tribute to the legacy of Maynard Jackson since his death in 2003. Honorary Chairpersons for Ignite! 2012 include Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed; Shirley Franklin and Andrew Young, former mayors of Atlanta; and Alexis Herman, former U. S. Secretary of Labor.

For 20 years, MJYF has been guiding and coaching young people from metropolitan Atlanta through its signature program the MJYF Leadership Academy.  High school students learn the skills and principles of leadership, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, community service, and how to prepare for their continued education and careers while participating in the Leadership Academy.

The Ignite! 2012 evening begins with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Rich Theater of the Woodruff Arts Center.  Entertainment follows in the High Museum at 7:30 p.m. with food and drink and a featured performance from B. o. B. (Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr.), an American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer, and DJ Mars.

All proceeds from Ignite! 2012 will benefit MJYF and its Leadership Academy. Corporate Sponsorships start at $1,000 and individual tickets can be purchased at $250. For more information and details for Ignite! 2012, please visit www.mjyf.org/ignite <http://www.mjyf.org/ignite> , call 404-681-3211, or visit us on Facebook.
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