Atlanta (January 14, 2011) –
The Georgia Aquarium today announced AT&T as the official presenting sponsor of the new dolphin gallery, AT&T Dolphin Tales. The new $110 million addition, set to open later this year, will be the Aquarium’s largest expansion to date.
"Commitment to our local and regional community and a long history of supporting educational and environmental programs make AT&T the perfect sponsor for Georgia Aquarium’s new dolphin expansion,” said David Kimmel, president & COO, Georgia Aquarium. “Our relationship with AT&T will support the Aquarium’s mission to inspire and educate our millions of guests each year about dolphins and their natural environment.”
AT&T has been a presenting sponsor of the Georgia Aquarium since its opening in 2005. Dolphin viewing and a unique entertainment experience are both part of the new AT&T Dolphin Tales gallery. This new sponsorship also supports dolphin conservation and research initiatives, including dolphin health studies and the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded animals through the Georgia Aquarium’s Dolphin Conservation Field Station at Marineland.
“AT&T is excited to renew and expand our relationship with the Georgia Aquarium, one of Atlanta’s premier tourist destinations,” said Ralph de la Vega, president & CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Georgia Aquarium connects people with the oceans and the animals that live within them. We are proud to provide the tools that allow these connections to happen within the Aquarium and around the globe.
Georgia Aquarium is also announcing a new opportunity for individuals to play a role in the opening. In exchange for a contribution that supports dolphin research and conservation, individuals or organizations may “name” a seat in the AT&T Dolphin Tales Theater. To support this program or be among the first to receive announcements and information about the upcoming opening, sign up for e-newsletters at www.attdolphintales.com.
About the Georgia Aquarium
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s largest with more than ten million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. The Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
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