ATLANTA (April 4, 2016) – This year’s annual Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) meeting was held at Georgia Aquarium on March 31. Members of the Atlanta community gathered for updates on things developing in downtown Atlanta and to present the 2016 Dan Sweat Award to Georgia Aquarium benefactor and co-founder of The Home Depot, Bernie Marcus. Other award recipients included Andrea Videlefsky, President of Am Yisrael Chai!, founder of the worldwide Daffodil project and recipient of the 2016 Turner Downtown Community Leadership Award, and Centennial Olympic Park, recipient of the 2016 Downtown Economic Impact Award.

The Dan Sweat Award is given in memory of Dan Sweat, past CAP President, who led the organization and downtown Atlanta during difficult times. The award was designed to honor his heritage and accomplishments, and is given to business and/or organizational leaders who have exhibited these traits and become effective, quiet leaders beyond the scope of their positions in the Atlanta community. Mr. Marcus was award the Dan Sweat Award on March 31 for his philanthropy and leadership.

Mr. Marcus has been involved in a variety of charitable endeavors and with his wife Billi, focus these endeavors through the Marcus Foundation. Mr. Marcus began conception and design of Georgia Aquarium in 2003, and in 2005, the Aquarium opened its doors to the city of Atlanta and the world. In 10 years, Georgia Aquarium has welcomed over 22 million guests and inspired millions about the aquatic world.


For photos of the 2016 Central Atlanta Progress Annual Meeting, please click here. To view Mr. Marcus’ introduction for the 2016 Dan Sweat Award, please click here. 



Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. 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