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Christian charity concert will help man seeking liver transplant

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.

A few local bands have organized a charity concert to help out a local family in need.

Local Christian new age rock band Change of Pace is headlining a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Providence Baptist Church in the Grayson area. The concert will raise money for Tom Shinn, a church member who is awaiting a liver transplant, and his family. Shinn lost his job and health insurance recently, and the medical bills are piling up.

Other bands performing will be Richie Sissom and the Barneycastels. The bands aren't charging for admission but are encouraging donations of $3 or more. Drinks and snacks will also be sold with all proceeds going to a Tom Shinn Fund set up through Ironstone Bank. Providence Baptist Church is located at 480 Cooper Road in Loganville. For more information, call 770-466-9494 or e-mail changeofpacemusic@hotmail.com. For information about the Shinn family, visit www.tomshinn.com.

Jackson EMC Foundation awards two $15K grants

The Jackson EMC Foundation recently awarded two $15,000 grants to local nonprofit groups.

One grant went to the Good Samaritan Health Center's Giving Well program, which provides non-emergency medical, dental and optometry health care services to working families in Gwinnett who do not have health insurance. The foundation's grant will be used to help pay for services such as extra analysis of lab work and X-rays.

Another grant went to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry to help fund its emergency assistance program. The program provides emergency funds for rent and mortgage payments and temporary lodging. The grant money will allow the agency to provide at least $100 in support to 150 families.

The Norcross Co-op serves more than 900 families each month and helps provide bread, food, clothing, prescription medications, gas vouchers, bus passes and financial assistance. More than 20 local churches, foundations and social and civic groups partner with the co-op. The Jackson EMC Foundation is funded by Operation Round Up, a program in which members have their monthly electric bill rounded up to the next even dollar. The extra money goes to the foundation, which funds grant requests from charity groups and individuals.

Golf tourney

looking for

sponsors, players

The third annual Bard Classic Golf Tournament is looking for sponsors and players.

The tournament will start at 10 a.m. July 25 at the Chateau Elan Woodlands Course. The tournament benefits the Dream House for Medically Fragile Children in Lilburn. The day of golf includes a Chick-Fil-A lunch and dinner from Louisiana Spices. Call 770-717-7410 or e-mail beverly.wylie@dreamhouseforkids.org if you're interested in participating or volunteering.

Silent auction

will benefit pet adoption center

PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill adoption Center, will host its third annual PAWS for a Cause silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Old Courthouse on the Square, 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur.

Proceeds will help provide housing and medical care for more than 300 dogs and cats at the PAWS Atlanta Adoption Center. Items will include a pair of business class tickets from Air Tran Airlines, Atlanta Braves tickets, sports collectibles, restaurant gift certificates and more.

The event will be catered by Affairs to Remember Caterers. Admission is $40 ahead of time and $5 at the door. For more information, call 770-593-1155 or visit www.pawsatlanta.org.