The Posse Foundation to Host Fundraiser Benefiting Public High School Students in Atlanta

Equifax Chairman & CEO Richard F. 'Rick' Smith to be honored for his philanthropic efforts and commitment to education

Oct 21, 2010, 11:24 ET from The Posse Foundation

ATLANTA, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Posse Atlanta will host its second annual fundraiser 'The Power of 10' on Thursday, October 21, 2010, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Capital City Club-Brookhaven in Atlanta. The event will honor Equifax Chairman & CEO Rick Smith for his record of accomplishment and commitment to philanthropy and youth education. The Posse Foundation President and Founder Deborah Bial will be in attendance along with Jeff Ubben, chair of The Posse Foundation National Board of Directors.  Representatives from the corporate, civic, education and philanthropic communities will also attend. The Power of 10 will feature a short program with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

"A leading focus for Equifax's philanthropic strategy includes hands-on engagement in youth education programs, with specific emphasis on disadvantaged groups," said Smith.  "Organizations such as Posse are trailblazers that should be celebrated as role models of innovation. Their vision and focus on forging partnerships with corporations and academia have created an extraordinary initiative that provides our youth with every opportunity to succeed and take their rightful places as valued contributors and leaders in our workforce and communities.  Equifax is honored to be recognized as a Posse partner."

Posse Atlanta opened its doors in 2007 and has since identified 87 students who have collectively won over $10 million in full-tuition scholarships from Bard College, Boston University and The College of Wooster.  This year, Posse Atlanta is excited to add Brandeis University as a partner.  In December 2010, Posse Atlanta will admit 40 more students into the program, with scholarships totaling over $5 million.

The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains outstanding urban high school seniors and sends them to elite colleges and universities in multicultural, supportive teams— Posses—of 10 students. Since 1989, The Posse Foundation, which operates chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami and Washington, D.C., has sent over 3,148 students to college. These students have won over $330 million in full-tuition, leadership, merit scholarships from Posse partner colleges and universities.

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