The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.
American Values Dinner honorees
Gov. Sonny Perdue was the keynote speaker at this past week's American Values Dinner, hosted by the Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. But it was three Gwinnett residents who had the deserved spotlight at the gathering, earning Distinguished Citizen Awards.
These awards underscored the importance of having dynamic citizens to make a dynamic community as Anna Shackelford, Howard Fowler and Jim Cowart were recognized for their service.
Shackelford is an active member of the Snellville community, participating with the Pilot Club and the Chamber of Commerce in addition to giving her time to the Gwinnett Philharmonic Board and the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.
Fowler was honored for his involvement with both the Rotary Club and the Boys Scouts. He is a former president of the Northeast Georgia Council of Boy Scouts and has created an endowment to benefit the organization.
Cowart is also involved with the Boy Scouts as well as with area YMCAs in addition to being a developer and an entrepreneur.
The dinner raised nearly $136,000 for the Boy Scouts.
The Gwinnett Gladiators and their fans
The Gwinnett Gladiators are used to getting support from their fans, but their recent jersey auction was more than the hockey team could have expected. Showing a commitment to the community, the team raised $46,000 with its third annual "Jersey Off Our Backs Charity Auction."
The star of the auction was Debbie Betourney, who bid $6,000 for the jersey of goaltender Sean Fields. Betourney helped the Gladiators raise more money with this auction than it raised in the previous two combined.
The auction is the main fundraiser for the Gladiators Foundation for Kids and all proceeds from the auction support the many nonprofit agencies and organizations that work with the team.
After leading their respective teams to state basketball titles, Jodie Meeks of Norcross and Maya Moore of Collins Hill earned individual awards as well, taking home Player of the Year Awards from the Daily Post.
Meeks, who will continue his career next season at the University of Kentucky, averaged 23.7 points and was dominant in the state playoffs, leading the Blue Devils to their first stat title of any kind since 1963.
Moore, a junior, averaged 23.2 points as she led the Eagles to their second straight state championship. Moore is one of the top recruits in the country, listing Tennessee, Connecticut, Duke and Georgia as her top four college choices.