Southwest Airlines, new to Atlanta thanks to a merger with AirTran, is celebrating its arrival to the Peach State by awarding $75,000 in grants to local charities.
Among the 15 organizations vying for one of the grants is the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. The chorus, listed in the “small charity” group, is up against VOX Teen Communications, Good Mews Animal Foundation, Nuci’s Space and Coastal Counseling Center.
Georgia residents – sorry out of state readers – can vote for one winner in each category (small, medium and large charities), once a day until March 18.
Voters will also be entered to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, courtesy of Southwest, that includes tickets to a Cirque du Soleil production, round-trip airfare and four nights in the ARIA Resort & Casino.
Jerusalem House had this to say on its Facebook page:
Last June, you help us win the monthly qualifying round and $25,000 prize, and now it’s time to take it to the next level! If we win, the funds will be put towards completely renovating our onsite Learning Center, accessed by all of our child and adult residents to gain the skills and education they need for future success.
Other finalists contending for the $250,000 grant include Jewish Family Service (Southfield, Mi.), Life Builder of Detroit (Detroit, Mi.), Utah State Veterans Home (Salt Lake City, Ut.), Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans (Wheaton, Il.), Taylor VFW Post #4422 (Taylor, Mi.), Northwest Hospital Foundation (Seattle, Wa.), New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (New Orleans, La.), Ronald McDonald House of Detroit (Detroit, Mi.) and Great Falls Children Receiving Home (Great Falls, Mt.).