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Suwanee recognizes doctor for community service

SUWANEE -- Dr. Ron Perry, who runs Gwinnett Urgent Care on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, was recognized by Suwanee officials Tuesday night for his over-the-top service to the community.

Perry, who has only been in Suwanee for about 2 years, is also well known for having his sidekick Ruckus in his office with him most of the time. Ruckus is Perry's well-behaved 4-year-old field spaniel.

Last year, Perry charged five cans of food in exchange for a flu shot, enabling him to distribute 3,500 flu vaccines and donate 15,000 cans of food to the Gwinnett co-op.

This year, with H1N1 being "the seasonal flu this year" (according to Perry), the doctor will take five cans of food in exchange for an H1N1 shot. The Gwinnett co-op, Toys for Tots and other charities have benefitted from Perry's generosity.

Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams proclaimed today as "Dr. Ron Perry Day" in the city. "He's been a great partner to the city of Suwanee," said Williams.

DeWilde honored by GCVB

Lynne Bohlman DeWilde, Suwanee's public information officer, was honored earlier this month by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitor's Bureau. DeWilde received the 2009 Community Relations Award for her responsiveness, professionalism, creativity and vision.

The Community Relations Award is bestowed upon a person or organization that works diligently to build relationships with the Gwinnett Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Williams thanked DeWilde on Tuesday for her outstanding service to the city.