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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shirley Franklin supporters unite tonight

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With Mayor Shirley Franklin closing in on her final three months in office, community tributes celebrating her tenure have begun. The first is an event tonight launching the "Shirley Franklin Legacy Fund," which boasts high-powered co-chairs in ex-Mayor Andy Young and Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

The minimum donation to attend tonight's event is $100, with the money going to "support efforts to address homelessness" and to advance quality education, according to the invitation. The fund is being administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

The invitation, which came from the "Friends of Shirley Franklin," is extended to those who wish to "thank her for 8 years of making us proud," which, you may recall, was Franklin's campaign promise.

I'd hoped to be able to report on the event from a fly-on-the-wall perspective, but I was told yesterday the event is closed to the press — unless, I assume, I've got $100 to chip in.

So here's my request to anyone who is planning to attend tonight's festivities: Please contact me later so I can get the lowdown on what happened. Did Shirley stride into the hall on a blanket of rose petals strewn by young maidens? Did deep-pocketed donors "make it rain" with contributions? Did the crowd serenade the Mayor with a moving rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings?" Inquiring minds want to know.

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