Autism support group hosts charity golf tournament

GRAYSON - Spectrum Camps and Clubs, Gwinnett's autism support group, is hosting its first charity golf tournament.

The Chip-In for Autism Open will take place April 1 at the Windermere Golf and Country Club in Cumming. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m.

The cost to participate is $200 per golfer. The funds raised will provide scholarships to summer camp programs for children with autism. Spectrum currently serves more than 500 families. The lifetime cost of raising a child with autism is estimated to be between $3.5 and $5 million dollars, according to the Autism Society of America.

Spectrum is a teacher- and parent-run organization that started in Gwinnett 10 years ago. The group hosts year-round camps, clubs, educational and support meetings.

For more information or to register for the tournament, visit www.atl-spectrum.com.

Oglethorpe honors alum, GCPS athletics director

NORCROSS - Norcross resident Mike Emery has received Oglethorpe University's prestigious School Bell Award, given to alumni or past or present faculty members who have made lasting contributions to the field of education.

Chris Ballar, vice president of the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Oglethorpe Alumni Association, said Emery was "awarded the School Bell prize for his contributions to the education community as demonstrated by his 22 years of service to Gwinnett County as a teacher, coach, mentor, athletic director and administrator."

Emery, who graduated from Oglethorpe in 1982, credits his collegiate experience playing basketball for coach Jack Berkshire as the impetus for his desire to teach and coach. He currently serves as Gwinnett County Public Schools director of athletics, student activities and community schools.

Emery is among several alumni award winners who will be honored for their contributions at a special ceremony April 17 at The Retreat at Dunwoody. The ceremony is part of Oglethorpe University's Alumni Weekend.

Diva Night to benefit breast cancer research

LAWRENCEVILLE - Tutus for Tatas, a Breast Cancer 3-Day team, will kick off its 2009 season with Diva Night on the Square in Lawrenceville.

The event is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Fleet Feet, McCray's Tavern, Dominick's Little Italy, Sparkle Jewelry and the Paper Fairy are sponsoring the event and will donate a portion of the evening's sales to the team, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Tutus for Tatas has raised more than $750,000. The team's goal is to reach $1 million this year.

The first 200 participants will receive goodie bag giveaways, and there will be hourly drawings for prizes. The team will also be registering people for the 3-Day Walk.

For more information, visit www.tutus-for-tatas.com.

CarMax donates books to school

NORCROSS - The CarMax Foundation recently donated a set of books to Meadowcreek Elementary School.

To celebrate the opening of the 100th CarMax, the Foundation awarded a grant to Reading is Fundamental, which put together a collection of books focused on exciting travel adventures and safety. The books, along with bookmarks and bookplates for the inside cover of each book, were given to five schools in the greater Atlanta area.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.