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Shepherd Center Co-Founders Receive Prestigious Award

Shepherd Center co-founders Alana, Harold and James Shepherd were honored as the Atlanta Philanthropists of the Year at the 2013 Business to Business Annual Awards. The award ceremony was held on Feb. 13, 2013 at the Loews Hotel in midtown Atlanta.

The prestigious event, hosted by Business to Business magazine, honors Atlanta’s best business leader, top company, generous civic leaders and a true Atlanta legend. The goal of the event is to celebrate what is good in Atlanta business and in the community.

Click here to read the article in the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of Business to Business magazine.

The 2013 Business to Business Honorees are as follows:

CEO of the Year:  Larry Gellerstedt
President and CEO, Cousins Properties
Presented by:  Jeff Sprecher, Chairman and CEO, ICE

Company of the Year:  Genuine Parts Company
Presented by:  Frank Blake, Chairman and CEO, The Home Depot

Atlanta Philanthropists:  Alana, Harold and James Shepherd

Presented by:  Bill Warren, M.D., Founder, Good Samaritan Health Center

Atlanta Legend:  The Rev. James T. Laney, Ph.D.
Presented by:  Brad Currey

In 1975, Alana, Harold and James Shepherd co-founded Shepherd Center after the family learned about the lack of high-quality, specialized rehabilitation care in the Southeast. James sustained a spinal cord injury in 1973 and had to travel halfway across the United States to receive specialized rehabilitation care.

“It’s an honor to be recognized at the Business to Business Awards event among such venerable peers,” said James Shepherd, chairman and co-founder of Shepherd Center. “It is rewarding to be recognized for positively impacting our community while doing something we love.”

Today, Shepherd Center is a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury.

Alana Shepherd is one of the Center’s chief fundraisers and volunteers. She is active at Shepherd Center almost every day, leading tours for the community, and visiting patients and their families. James Shepherd is chairman of the Board of Directors, and Harold Shepherd is a member of the Board.

Event sponsors included Towers Watson, Chase and Troutman Sanders.

About Business to Business
Business to Business focuses on Atlanta business and the leaders, news and events that shape the Atlanta business community. Targeting senior level leaders from Fortune 500 companies to companies with annual revenues over $10 million, Business to Business magazine reaches the key decision makers in companies of all sizes in the greater Atlanta area. Through the magazine, online and events, Business to Business has established itself as Atlanta's leading business source.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.