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Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and Delaware North Launch Online Student Art Auction
06 August ,2013

For Immediate Release
August 6, 2013


Reese McCranie, Director of Communications
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reese.mccranie@atlanta-airport.com


Monica Fuentes, Dep. Director of Communications
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Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and Delaware North Launch Online Student Art Auction

Auction to raise funds for arts programs at six local high schools; artwork on display in Concourse D

ATLANTA – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials and executives from Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services launched today an online auction featuring the artwork of metro Atlanta high school students. Travelers can view the 14 original pieces of art on display at the midpoint area of Concourse D.

"Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is not only a hub for travel, but we are also a strong community partner,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Louis Miller. “Our innovative collaboration with Delaware North will enable us to celebrate the creative talents of our youth, share their artwork with millions of travelers at the busiest passenger airport in the world, and raise the necessary funds for art programs at these local schools.”

The new art installation is part of a fundraising effort by Hartsfield-Jackson and Delaware North. Delaware North supplied six area high schools with canvases, paints and brushes, instructing the young artists to simply express themselves. The participating schools are: Tri-Cities High School, Langston Hughes High School, Maynard H. Jackson High School, Westlake High School, North Atlanta High School and North Clayton High School.

All of the art supplies were purchased locally in Atlanta at Utrecht, and local delivery service Ship ‘n Pax was used for transportation.

“Our goal with this project is to provide much-needed funds for art supplies within high schools,” said Matt King, president of Delaware North. “It’s all part of Delaware North’s commitment to serve the communities in which we do business.”

With construction of new restaurants in Concourse D currently underway, temporary walls were erected inside the terminal. The local Atlanta students’ paintings were recently put on display on the walls, and this month, the paintings will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with all proceeds going to the students’ respective schools.

Starting bids range from $100-$200, or interested parties can choose to “buy now” for $10,000. The auction itself will take place online at www.DNCforthearts.org.

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About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.