Gwinnett Gab 7/8/07

' Lawrenceville man 2 millionth fan at baseball stadium

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jorge Umpierre on July 1 became the 2 millionth fan at AT&T Field in Chattanooga.

The 34-year-old was presented a crown and robe after walking though the gate. He watched the game from a throne and received a prize package that included a recliner and a flatscreen plasma television.

"This is the first time I've ever been to Tennessee," said Umpierre, who is originally from Puerto Rico. "I love Tennessee now. I've been to a couple of Braves games, but this is better."

Also in the package were four Chattanooga Lookouts season tickets for 2008.

' 'A Night in the Wild' to benefit senior citizens

LAWRENCEVILLE - Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett will once again open its doors to host "A Night in the Wild" July 26.

The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature wild animals, exotic drinks and jungle music while helping senior citizens.

A silent auction, hosted by the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, will also be held. All proceeds will benefit the senior citizens of Gwinnett County.

Delmar Gardens is located at 3100 Club Drive in Lawrenceville.

With the money raised in this year's silent auction, the group hopes to purchase a new vehicle for the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers frozen, chilled or hot meals to homebound seniors Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays. The program serves more than 70,000 meals to its clients each year.

The auction will feature items and services donated by local businesses and individuals along with live music, an African dance troupe, tropical drinks and assorted exotic foods. Some of the big-ticket items include roundtrip airline tickets, a weekend getaway, and Braves baseball tickets and apparel.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ticket price includes admittance to the festivities, entertainment, food and beverages, a door prize ticket and participation in the silent auction.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, please contact Celia Moore at 770-822-8775 or celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com

' Statham gives officers a raise

STATHAM - City Council members recently approved a 10 percent across-the-board raise for all city police officers. The raise brings the department's hiring range up to $14 to $15.10 per hour, according to Chief Roger Tripp.

"It lets us be competitive," Tripp said, adding the Statham Police Department is fully staffed with six full-time officers. "We were starting at $13.60."

' Museum to host performance

LAWRENCEVILLE - Debra Peterson will perform at the Gwinnett History Museum as part of the Coffeehouse Nights on July 13.

Doors open at 8 p.m and music starts at 8:30 p.m. Starbucks coffee, drinks and light desserts will be available for purchase.

Alcohol and smoking are not permitted. Admission is $5 and $4 for museum members.

The museum is located inside the Lawrenceville Female Seminary at 455 S. Perry St. in Lawrenceville. Call 770-822-5178 to receive the monthly newsletter "Java Jottings."

' Man wins car show

LAWRENCEVILLE - Sam Hunt won the Best of Show at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church and Lifeover Ministries in Douglasville's first Charity Car Show.

Hunt's car started off as a shell but became an award-winning 1970 SS Chevelle.

In all, 41 vehicles entered the competition. Hunt won $250. Other trophies were given in categories such as Best Engine, Paint, Graphics, Interior, Best GM Car and Truck, Ford Car and Truck, Mopar Car and Truck and Import.

Lifeover Ministries raised $2,800 for their causes.

' Golf tournament to help veterans

BRASELTON - A golf tournament will be held at Chateau Elan on July 23.

The tournament supports World War II veterans and other veterans.

Opportunities to win prizes, cars, a putting contest and a chance to shoot for $500,000 in a million-dollar shoot-out are available.

Proceeds from this event will go to filming the World War II Veterans to capture their stories on duty, honor and country. To register, visit www.TGGClassic.com

' Fire Department hosts run/walk

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Fire Department will hold a 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway in Grayson.

The cost is $20 on race day and registration begins at 7 a.m.

The cost is $15 for those who register online. Call Karen at 678-518-4817 or visit www.active.com.

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