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Local farm helps special needs athletes go for the gold

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Shelley Mann at 770-963-9205 ext. 1305 or shelley.mann@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Parkwood Farms, a Snellville group that offers therapeutic services for children with special needs, wrote to tell us about six very special athletes who brought home the gold during this year's Georgia Special Olympics State Horse Show.

Six participants representing Gwinnett and Parkwood Farms earned a total of 18 medals and ribbons after competing with about 150 athletes from across the state in events including English equitation, trails, western riding, dressage and showmanship. Gwinnett's champions included James "J.J." Barr, Eric Ermutlu, Katie Hemby, Elliot Hester, Julian Stankee and Christopher McClintic-Doyle.

Parkwood Farms is trying to raise $120,000 in 2006 to support its programs, which include horse riding. The sport has been shown to help disabled people learn balance, coordination and endurance. For more information on how to donate to this charity, visit www.parkwoodfarms.org.

Foundation donates presents to Child Spring International

The L.A.W. Hope Foundation recently donated gifts to more than two dozen children from Child Spring International, a medical missionary group that provides children with medical treatment that is not available in their home countries.

The foundation, led by Bill and Michelle Whaley of

Bethlehem, assists local charities, and chooses a children's group to help each year

during the holidays. This year they chose Child Spring, which provides a serene environment for medically fragile children from around the world. The children suffer from anything from major organ malfunction to brain tumors.

Both groups came together on Dec. 11 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, where Santa and his elves helped deliver the presents.

Restaurants will hold benefit for Atlanta food bank

Two area restaurants, Krog Bar and Rathbun's, will host this month's "Supper Club" for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 10. The restaurants will donate 20 percent of the evening's proceeds to Atlanta's Table, the food bank's prepared food rescue project. Krog Bar, 112 Krog St. in Inman Park, offers Mediterranean food and wines. Neighbor Rathbun's regularly makes the list of Atlanta's top restaurants.

For reservations at this month's Supper Club, call Rathbun's at 404-524-8280. To receive a monthly invite to Supper Club, visit www.ACFB.org/events/supper_club.

Businesses donate to organization

BJ's Wholesale Club and Uniroyal Tire recently donated funds and equipment valued at more than $1,650 to the Norcross Soccer Association as part of a nationwide youth soccer program. During six years as a sponsor of youth soccer, Uniroyal Tire and its dealers have provided 655,000 free soccer balls to soccer families across America and have donated a total of $9 million in funds and equipment. To learn more about the Uniroyal Tire Soccer Program, visit www.uniroyal.com. For more about BJ's Wholesale Club, visit www.bjs.com.