Golf tourney raises $280,000

BRASELTON - The fourth annual Metro Classic Golf Tournament on May 10 raised more than $280,000 for the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

More than 270 golfers played on the Woodland and Chateau courses at Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton.

Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $850,000 in net proceeds to benefit the Atlanta Area Council's 13 county service area.

"The dollars raised in this tournament help the Atlanta Area Council continue to provide opportunities for local youth," said Don McChesney, Scout executive of the Atlanta Area Council. "AT&T's support and the fundraising efforts of this annual golf tournament and silent auction help these programs sustain themselves, providing Atlanta area youth character-building and leadership opportunities."

Blind man wins Spirit Award

ATLANTA - Gwinnett resident Brian Clayton, a client at the Center for the Visually Impaired in Atlanta, was recently awarded the 2009 Sarah Woolf Spirit Award.

The award is given annually to a CVI client who exemplifies the Center's mission of independence with dignity, performs selfless acts of service to others and rises above the challenges that come with vision loss.

After a motorcycle accident in 2005, Clayton was in a coma and on life support for two months. After seven months in the hospital and seven surgeries, he pulled through, but his ordeal left him without vision or the use of his right arm or left knee.

With the loss of both his eyesight and his mobility, Clayton questioned whether he would ever be able to fully function again. During the past year, he proved that he could.

To maintain his everyday life, Clayton had to relearn how to do many things with only one hand (his non-dominant one) and no sight: sign his name, learn how to type, use a computer, cook, clean, button dress shirts for interviews - not to mention helping to take care of his three children.

While working on his personal rehabilitation goals, Clayton also found the time to make himself available to his fellow clients, acting as a guide, friend and mentor. He also shares his positive and caring spirit by acting as a "buddy" for new clients when they first come to CVI for rehabilitation.

He graduates from CVI this July.

Snellville woman wins mom contest/

SNELLVILLE - Snellville resident Sue Blount was recently chosen as the grand prize winner of 1-800-FLOWERS.com's Spotlight A Mom contest.

Blount was nominated by her daughter Sarah for being an unselfish and giving mother of six. Blount has made children's clothes by hand throughout the years, tended a garden to feed her family and knits baby blankets for mothers in need at the hospital.

As the grand prize winner, Blount will be treated to a vacation for a family of four to her choice of any of the four Beaches Resorts located in Turks and Caicos Islands or Jamaica, courtesy of Beaches Resorts. Also, Sue will receive a year of flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS.com and additional prizes from Cheryl & Co.

Brookwood grad to cheer for GSU

SNELLVILLE - Emma Harris, senior varsity cheerleading captain of Brookwood High School, has signed to cheer for Georgia Southern University.

Harris was a four-year starter for the Brookwood High School Competition Cheer Team.

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