Real estate broker sets off on fundraiser for children's group

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Gwinnett real estate broker Roy Holman has embarked on his own personal fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network. The 54-year-old associate broker at Re/Max of Atlanta - Gwinnett is biking the Blue Ridge Parkway during the first week of September.

Neighbors, family, friends and co-workers have already pledged $1,500 in donations in support of his ride along the 470-mile trail, which runs from Cherokee, N.C. to northern Virginia. Mama's Board and Bike in Buford donated Holman's equipment and training information.

It's not the first time Holman has tackled a long cycling trip - he biked the 320 miles from Gainesville, Fla. to Fort Lauderdale when he was 19. But he only started cycling again in the past three years as a way to get back into shape. He's since lost 20 pounds and lowered his blood pressure, in part thanks to cycling around his neighborhood and Stone Mountain Park.

Re/Max has raised more than $65 million for the Children's Miracle Network since 1992.

"I have been with Re/Max for 17 years and never really contributed to Children's Miracle Network in a significant way," Holman said in a press release. "I want to change that in a big way."

Project Playhouse starts Saturday

Local builders have been hard at work creating five new elaborate, fully furnished playhouses for the third annual Project Playhouse fundraiser, which starts next weekend.

Proceeds will support HomeAid Atlanta's shelter development program for the homeless.

Four of the 8-foot by 10-foot playhouses will be auctioned off to raise money for HomeAid Atlanta. The final playhouse will be raffled off. The playhouses will be on display from Saturday through Oct. 21 at the Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford. On weekends, visitors can tour the playhouses, which are located in the Pavilion Village area of the mall.

Last year's Project Playhouse fundraiser raised about $125,000, and this year's goal is to surpass that total, said Amanda Winters, spokeswoman for HomeAid Atlanta.

HomeAid Atlanta, based in Tucker, is the local chapter of the national HomeAid organization, which builds and renovates transitional housing for the temporary homeless - victims of natural disaster or domestic violence, or folks who have fallen on hard times, Winters said. Raffle tickets for the playhouses start at $3 apiece, and they can be purchased at the mall or through HomeAid Atlanta.

The playhouses will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 678-775-1401.

Martial arts center will hold Kick-A-Thon fundraiser

Korean Tigers Tae Kwon Do in Duluth will hold a Kick-A-Thon fundraiser for the Gwinnett Children's Shelter at its open house event, running from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Korean Tiger students who participate in the Kicks for Kids fundraiser will find people to sponsor them as they kick non-stop for up to 10 minutes.

The open house event will also include martial arts demonstrations, a moonwalk and refreshments. The Gwinnett Children's Shelter is a nonprofit group that provides a safe place for runaway and homeless children.

Korean Tigers Tae Kwon Do is located at 2400 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. For sponsorship information, call Randy Martens at 678-584-0737.

Cancer Society

volunteers take part in conference

Seven American Cancer Society volunteers and staff members from Georgia, including Gwinnett's 2006 Relay co-chair Duane Downs, recently participated in the society's annual Relay for Life Strategic Conference in Los Angeles.

More than 500 volunteers and staff attended the conference, which discussed the theme "Mission Advancement, Quest for Knowledge." The group talked about developing leaders, teams, events, fundraising and survivor events. For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org.