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Gwinnett County student benefits from scholarship, donation

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Reed Construction Data does more than help builders create homes. They are now also helping students build brighter futures.

"Community is integral to how Reed Elsevier does business. Our global community program, RE Cares, sets as its mission is to play a positive role in our local and global communities, primarily through employee involvement. Our central focus is on education for disadvantaged young people and community initiatives of importance to local employees."

This statement came from the parent company of Norcross-based Reed Construction Data. But it wasn't just words. The company backed it up with action.

Executives at Reed Construction Data recently presented a check for $22,000 to Chuck Whelan in support of The Whelan Family Scholarship Fund, which is awarded to students in Gwinnett County based on the students accomplishments in the classroom, or on the recommendation of teachers or coaches. Employees of Reed voted to contribute 5 percent of gross sales to the Whelan family and support the Gwinnett scholarship.

"Our community is honored to have such a civic minded company," said Chuck Whelan, who founded the scholarship to honor his son Scott, a Gwinnett County student who died unexpectedly in July. "The Norcross community wants to thank Reed Construction Data and it's employees for such a generous gift."

Humane Society hosts child, pet workshop

Lassie, Old Yeller - what great pets. (Barring, of course, Old Yeller's whole rabies thing.) Almost every child longs for a pooch to call their own. There's just something so special about the bond between a tyke and their dog. But before making the big leap into canine land, make sure you know what you're getting into.

The Lawrenceville Kennel Club and Gwinnett Animal Shelter will partner to host "AKC Safety with Children and Dogs" program at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Gwinnett Animal Shelter.

The program is limited to 20 people, so registration is requested, and is limited to children at least 6 years old. For more information, call 770-925-2097 or email program coordinator Charles Baranowski at cebaranowski@hotmail.com.

Santa visits area fire stations

Through the fifth annual Breakfast with Santa, Homegrown Restaurants raised $5,000 for local fire stations, with $3,500 donated to Atlanta station No.19 and $1,500 donated to Dekalb station No.1. Funds from the event, held Dec. 8 at Doc Chey's Noodle House in Decatur and Osteria 832 in Virginia Highland, will be used to purchase upgrade items on each station's wish list, such as new mattresses, workout equipment and big screen televisions.

Since it's inception in 2002, Homegrown Restaurant's Breakfast with Santa has raised $22,000 for neighborhood fire stations. For more information, visit www.homegrownrestaurants.com.

Service sorority rings in 14 years of service

Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will celebrate 14 years of service at a luncheon at noon on Jan. 27 at Sperata's Restaurant, 9 East Main St., Buford. Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was the first African-American service sorority to be founded in Gwinnett.

Since established in 1994, the group has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships, mentoring programs and various outlets to bettering the community. For more information, call 770-985-1499.

Gala raises funds for child abuse prevention

The Fun Fete gala will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. The gala is a fund and awareness raising event for the Prevent Child Abuse organization. Individual tickets are $300 and sponsorship levels are available starting at $1,500. Call 404-870-6589 or visit www.pcageorgia.org.

Area baseball leagues team up to raise funds

Several area baseball leagues recently raised more than $150,000 for the Chevy Youth Baseball program. Grayson Youth Baseball, the Greater Buford Athletic Association, Lilburn Dixie Youth and the North Gwinnett Baseball and Softball Association partnered with several metro-area Chevrolet dealers as part of the youth program, which consists of several components including equipment and vehicle donations, and a partnership with the Atlanta Braves to provide unique game experiences for young players.

Jackson EMC awards grant to foundation

The Duluth Foster Children's Foundation recently received a $15,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation. The grant will be used to build a resource room for the SPEAR project, a mentoring program in Gwinnett. More than $1.7 million has been awarded by the Jackson EMC Foundation since 2005, including 147 grants to organizations and 67 grants to individuals.