Gladiators go pink for research

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No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you: The Gladiators have gone pink. The Gwinnett hockey team is switching out their manly blue uniforms for lovely pink jerseys in February, in support of breast cancer research. The pink frenzy won't stop at the uniforms - the ice is will be dyed a brilliant shade of pink, too. Pink in the Rink will be held Feb. 8 to 10 at the Gwinnett Arena.

Tickets for the event are $15, and a portion of all tickets sales will benefit Tutus for Tatas, one of Gwinnett's most renowned Komen for a Cure 3-Day Walk teams. Family activities are also scheduled throughout the weekend.

For more information, call Tutus for Tatas team captain Barbara Mock at 770-963-9493 or email her mock5496@bellsouth.net.

Gala aids youth state foster care

A Starry Night will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Foundry at Puritan Mill. The gala is a fundraiser for Catalyst for CARE, an organization that aids youth aging out of the Georgia foster care system. Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door, and can be bought online at www.catalystforcare.org.

Wine festival benefits hospice

The 2008 Atlanta Wine Festival will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Mason Murer Fine Art gallery, 199 Armour Dr., Atlanta. Presented by Premium Wine Partners, the annual event will feature hundreds of rare, allocated and limited release international wines. Tickets are $100 in advance, or $120 at the door, and sales are limited to 1,000 people. The festival is a benefit for Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta, the metro area's largest non-profit home health and hospice care organization. Call 404-520-3113 or visit www.atlantafinewinefestival.com.

Car dealership raises funds for animal shelters

Atlanta Classic Cars contributed more than $30,000 to area pet shelters through funds raised through the Dog Days of Summer campaign. A check of about $10,000 was presented to three local animal shelters on Nov. 10. During the campaign, for every car purchase or lease made throughout the summer, the dealership made a donation to the Society of Humane Friends, Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption and Furkids. For more information, call 770-279-3696 .

Jackson EMC gives grant to program

The Jackson EMC Foundation recently awarded a grant of $12,000 to Diamond in the Rough Youth Development program. The Snellville-based program works to empower girls between the ages of 10 and 18 through a variety of training, coaching and family-enrichment activities. Grant funds will be used to help with program development, volunteer recruitment and training, program activities and costs of the one-day camp kick-off. For more information, visit www.jacksonemc.com.

Mayor cuts ribbon on courtyard

The Gwinnett-based Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority recently donated an ivy courtyard to Hopewell Christian Academy in Norcross. A public ribbon cutting ceremony with Norcross Mayor Lillian H. Webb was held on Oct. 17 at the school.

Medical clinic lands grant

Lawrenceville's Hebron Community Health Center was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the Jackson EMC Foundation. The clinic supplies medical and dental care for low income and uninsured residents of Gwinnett, and also provides an in-house pharmacy that offers free prescriptions. Grant funds will be used to replace broken and out-dated equipment, as well as integrate medical and dental files, an effort that will provide central information on each patient. For more information, visit www.jacksonemc.com.

Lodge, retirement village partner to help family

The Masons Blue Mountain Lodge No. 38 of and Lanier Village Estates staff and residents recently joined forces to raise funds and make a considerable donation to a local family. The partners have donated a 1993 Plymouth van to a Jasper family with a teenage son afflicted by MS. The van was originally donated to help transport wheel-chair bound patients at Lanier Village, a faith-based, non-profit retirement community. When the van stopped working, it was given to the Masons lodge to be fixed, and was in turn given to the Jasper family.

Taste of the Nation event set for May

Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Atlanta will be held May 1 at the Georgia Aquarium. The fundraising event is one of more than 60 events hosted throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to ending hunger in America. Share Our Strength is a national organization working to make sure no kid in the U.S. grows up hungry. To purchase tickets to Atlanta's Taste of the Nation, call 770-436-5151.

Duluth resident receives Girl Scout award of excellence

Duluth resident Kathryn Anderson was recently awarded the Helen Foster Award of Excellence at the council's annual Pick of the Bunch awards presentation. The Helen Foster Award of Excellence is given to Girl Scout volunteers who have provided superior service that calls attention to community needs.