News Release: School of Medicine

Apr. 19,  2010

Pete and Ada Lee Correll Named Outstanding Philanthropists

News Article ImagePete and Ada Lee Correll have been especially supportive of Emory University, in particular the University School of Medicine

Pete and Ada Lee Correll, long-time donors and volunteers who have created a charitable legacy in Atlanta, have received the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) top philanthropy honor, the Paschal Murray Award for Outstanding Philanthropist.

The award, sponsored by Paschal Murray, Inc., a national executive search firm specializing in the nonprofit sector, WAS presented to the Corrells on April 13, 2010, at the Awards for Philanthropy Banquet in Baltimore, Md., during AFP’s International Conference on Fundraising.

Nominated by Emory University and the AFP Greater Atlanta Chapter, the Corrells have given millions of dollars to a variety of charitable causes in Atlanta and across the state of Georgia.

The Corrells have been especially supportive of Emory University, recently donating to the Emory University School of Medicine to fund term limit chairs and scholarships. In addition to their monetary gifts, both of the Corrells served as chairs of the school's 150th anniversary celebration, and Mrs. Correll currently chairs the $500 million School of Medicine campaign, part of the larger $1.6 billion Emory campaign.

"Pete and Ada Lee have invested not just their time and resources in Emory's medical school but also their hearts," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of the Emory School of Medicine. "Their gifts are helping our faculty and students in very concrete ways every single day, and their vision and leadership have been fundamentally important in helping shape our future."

The couple has given to The Georgia Aquarium to create the Center for Aquatic Animal Health. Other recipients of their significant generosity include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and of Brunswick (Ga.); East Georgia College (Swainsboro, Ga.); The University of Maine; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; United Way; The Nature Conservancy; United Negro College Fund and Young Audiences Woodruff Arts Center, to name just a few.

"This award is beyond anything we ever expected or deserve," said the Corrells. "We were both raised with a belief that we had an obligation to give back, not only of our time, but of our resources. We have been uniquely blessed with success and honored with opportunities to give back."

"The Corrells are literally changing the face of Atlanta and all of Georgia with their extraordinary generosity and leadership," said Colette Murray, CEO of Paschal Murray. "It is not just their gift support that is so impressive, but their willingness to get involved, lead projects and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. Paschal Murray is honored to partner with AFP in recognizing the Corrells for their tremendous philanthropy."

One of the Correll's biggest projects is to help rebuild and revitalize Grady Memorial Hospital, a 116-year-old institution that is the region's only 24-hour trauma center. Mr. Correll, a former corporate executive who now serves as the chairman of Atlanta Equity and the chairman emeritus of Georgia-Pacific Corp., led the charge for the creation of a new, nonprofit corporation to oversee the Grady Health System and develop a base of local support.

Through his leadership, the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation was established, and Mr. Correll helped secure a $200 million pledge of capital funding from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. He also helped lead a community-wide effort to raise an additional $100 million.

Mrs. Correll is an experienced volunteer fundraiser who has chaired and led countless fundraising efforts for numerous nonprofit organizations. Just a few of her impressive achievements include organizing the Heart Ball for the American Heart Association, which netted a record amount - more than $1 million. She has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta since 1995, twice leading their flagship fundraising event and working tirelessly on virtually every volunteer committee.

"While individual donors are the mainstay of philanthropy, it's so rare to have a powerhouse couple like the Corrells who understand the challenges and complexities of both giving and fundraising," said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. "To have both of them so actively involved and so successful at their philanthropy is a rare treasure, and they are truly deserving of this honor."

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 30,000 members in 2007 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. For more information, go to

Paschal Murray, Inc. is a specialized executive search firm with corporate offices in Indio, California and regional offices in San Diego, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. The firm assists management in identifying and hiring professionals in fundraising, non-profit management and other organizational advancement titles. Visit them on the web at 


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