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Dream Makers Foundation to hold basketball tournament

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.

The Dream Makers Youth Foundation will hold its second annual Bring the Heat 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Suwanee Sports Academy.

The Smyrna-based Dream Makers Youth Foundation is a nonprofit group that provides community-based educational, recreational and therapeutic services to special-needs children in local schools.

The tournament includes wheelchair and able-bodied divisions, and the event includes a children's fair and special appearances from the Atlanta Hawks' mascot Skyhawk and the R&B group Az1. The Suwanee Sports Academy is located at 3640 Burnette Road in Suwanee. For more information or to register a team, visit www.dreammakersyouthfoundation.org or call 678-398-6693.

New Office Depot store donates

to nonprofits

Office Depot recently celebrated the opening of its first store in Suwanee with donations to three area nonprofit groups.

Store employees presented $500 Office Depot gift cards and children's backpacks to Tiny Stitches, a Gwinnett nonprofit that provides clothing to disadvantaged and premature newborns in north Georgia; Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, which serves children and adults with special needs; and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The event was attended by Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino and Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce member Jackie Ginn. The new store is located at 3131 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Suwanee.

Cheerleaders

collect several boxes of food

We hear that a group of cheerleaders from Parkview High School in Lilburn collected six big boxes of canned foods and nonperishables during a canned food drive earlier this month. The food was donated to the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, their coach says.

It's just one of several community projects the cheerleaders worked on over the summer. The girls also collected stuffed bears for children involved with the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children and volunteered at a golf tournament for that group.

United Way

campaign kickoff coming soon

A heads up: United Way will hold its annual United Way in Gwinnett campaign kickoff from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Gwinnett Place Marriott in Duluth. The final RSVP date is Wednesday. Call 678-417-6434 or e-mail phart@unitedwayatlanta.org.

Dealership holding benefit for group

Carey Paul Honda in

Snellville will donate $100 from every vehicle sold between Thursday and Sept. 4 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The association is a voluntary health agency working to find cures for 43 neuromuscular diseases. The Sales Sizzler event will support the association's efforts to buy and maintain wheelchairs, leg braces and other equipment, as well as fund research to find a cure for neuromuscular disease.

Carey Paul Honda is located at 3430 Stone Mountain Highway in Snellville. For more information, call 770-985-1444 or visit www.careypaulhonda.com.

Donors get a chance at race tickets

The American Red Cross and Atlanta Motor Speedway are offering lucky donors a chance to win tickets and pit passes for October's Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Between Friday and Sept. 11, all blood and platelet donors can register for the chance to win through the groups' "Race for Life" promotion. One blood and one platelet donor will win a grand prize package. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givebloodredcross.org.

La Madeleine's

crepe sales

to benefit

hurricane relief

On Tuesday, all La Madeleine Bakery, Cafe and Bistro locations, including the Duluth location on Pleasant Hill Road, will donate $1 from each crepe purchase to Share Our Strength's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The money will help rebuild school cafeterias, open summer meal programs and provide assistance for affected restaurant workers.

La Madeleine recently released a new line of crepes, both savory and sweet, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the new choices include Egg Crepe Champignon, filled with Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms, and Beef Crepe Maison, filled with shaved roast beef, sauteed broccoli, onions, roasted potatoes, mushrooms and a creamy cheddar cheese sauce. For more information, visit www.lamadeleine.com.