Chick-fil-A founder hails scholarship

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LAWRENCEVILLE - Chick-fil-A founder and CEO S. Truett Cathy commemorated his $25 million Leadership Scholarship milestone Monday at a ceremony in Atlanta.

Cathy unveiled a plaque at the chain's "Climb with Care and Confidence" statue, commissioned by Georgia State art students in celebration of Cathy's 10,000 scholarship milestone. Cathy began the initiative, which provides Chick-fil-A team members with financial aid to further pursue education.

Cathy, 88, presented the chain's 25,000th student employee scholarship, celebrating his commitment to education. Later that day, he threw out the first pitch at the Gwinnett Braves game.

Nearly 26,000 team members have received the Leadership Scholarship since the program began in 1973.

Concert to benefit Dominican Republic's kids

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Benefit Concert for DR Kids is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Sunrise Baptist Church, 3000 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

The concert aims to raise funds to help with the costs of shipping sports equipment, school and medical supplies to underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic. John and Mercy Williams continue their 17-year effort to aid the disadvantaged with this benefit.

For more information, call Sunrise Baptist Church at 770-963-7271.

Jackson EMC donates $50,000 to charities

LAWRENCEVILLE - Four nonprofit Gwinnett organizations received nearly $50,000 in Jackson EMC Foundation grants from the Operation Round Up program.

Meet the Need Ministry in Hoschton was awarded a $15,000 grant to cover rental expenses for six homes in Barrow and Gwinnett counties that house men in need as they work toward recovery and self-sufficiency.

Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville received a $13,577 grant to provide medical personnel and supplies for its Children's Health Program, which allows the clinic to provide medical, optometry, dental and counseling services to children of families who cannot afford health care and do not qualify for government assistance.

The Friends of the Gwinnett County Senior Services was awarded a $10,000 grant to help provide meals and offer emergency financial assistance for home repairs to senior citizens.

The Salvation Army in Lawrenceville received a $10,000 grant for its family emergency assistance, which helps families in need of financial resources pay rent and utilities and purchase food, clothing, shelter or prescription medication.

Operation Round Up allows participating members to round electric bills to the next dollar amount and use the spare change for charitable work.

Bank collects nearly 3,000 jars of PB&J

NORCROSS - Bank of North Georgia collected 2,861 jars of peanut butter and jelly to benefit local food banks during its second annual "Back to School Peanut Butter and Food Drive" from July 20 to Aug. 7.

In total, the bank collected nearly two and a half tons of peanut butter and jelly, enough to make more than 36,995 sandwiches for metro Atlanta students (with approximately two ounces of peanut butter and jelly spread on each sandwich). The bank raised more than 1,000 more jars than last year's total.

Food bank partners included the North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry and the Norcross Cooperative Ministry.

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