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Seniors find a good reason to dance
Annual fundraiser brings in $33,000 for Gwinnett County elderly services

LAWRENCEVILLE - Despite the rough economy, a recent fundraiser to benefit seniors may have had its best year.

A silent auction and party hosted by the Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services raised $33,000, a press release said.

Delmar Gardens, a nursing center and retirement facility, was transformed to the era of the Roaring '20s for the July 30 event, which was the seventh annual auction.

"Every year this charity event gets even better," said Jennifer Thilo, executive director of Delmar who served as president of Friends in the past. "This could be our best ever and with all the economic uncertainty, we are so appreciative of such great community support. Every penny goes directly to helping seniors."

Friends is a nonprofit organization of volunteers that raises money for emergency assistance of seniors, home repair, dental, medical health and wellness screenings.

It also helps with the county's Meals on Wheels program, which has 200 seniors on the monthly waiting list. The Friends organization helped meet budget shortfalls by supporting 133,825 meals and nutritional dietary supplement drinks for the older population, the release said.

To contribute to the cause, which helps Gwinnett seniors remain independent in their homes, visit the Friends Web site at www.fogcss.com or send a check to P.O. Box 390025, Snellville, GA 30039.

For more information, call Celia Moore at 770-822-8775 or e-mail celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com.