Gwinnett's stadium wins real estate award

LAWRENCEVILLE - The new stadium in Gwinnett County where the Gwinnett Braves will open their inaugural season next month has won a Best in Atlanta Real Estate Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The project topped others in the Mixed-Use/Special-Use category that included the Atlanta Symphony's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta and the $250 million Gateway Center project in College Park.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle cited "potential economic stimulus" as the primary reason for giving this project its top award.

Located near Interstate 85 and the Mall of Georgia, the stadium is already attracting other investments such as the $200 million Village at Gwinnett Stadium by Brand Properties that includes commercial and office space plus hotel and residential uses.

The 10,000-seat stadium is expected to a host a sold-out home opener on April 17 when the Gwinnett Braves will play the Norfolk Tides.

Barbecue fundraiser to benefit charities

NORCROSS - Area businesses, community organizations and local musicians are uniting Sunday for a fundraiser to benefit a Gwinnett County food bank and homeless shelter.

The event will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Chef Pete's Barbecue at 6325 Spalding Drive in Norcross.

Participants will be able to hear local bands such as Stubblefield and Party on the Moon perform music from the '60s, '70s and '80s while dining on Chef Pete's New Orleans-style barbecue. A portion of all food sales will be donated to Rainbow Village, a domestic violence and homeless shelter that serves the Norcross area. Nonperishable food items will also be collected and donated to the Norcross Cooperative Ministry's food bank.

A silent auction will take place during the event. About 20 businesses have donated their goods and services to help raise additional money for the two organizations. For more info, call 770-449-9571.

Store accepting donations for charities

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Atlanta La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stories are accepting donations to benefit the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Customers and donors may donate at least $1 at any of the seven La-Z-Boy locations in metro Atlanta, including two in Gwinnett County. A $20 donation will provide a family a night's stay at one of Atlanta's two Ronald McDonald Houses.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries are located at 1855 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford and 1320 Pleasant Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

The fundraiser is a part of the La-Z-Boy National Share The Comfort promotion that ends March 23. As a partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities, La-Z-Boy delivered six pieces of furniture Dec. 23 to the Ronald McDonald House on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. La-Z-Boy employees also participate in volunteer nights at the local Houses by providing dinners for families.

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