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 Eric and Danielle Beverly pose with Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson during the pre-game event for Breast Cancer Awareness month before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on Sept. 19. 

Special Photo Eric and Danielle Beverly pose with Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson during the pre-game event for Breast Cancer Awareness month before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on Sept. 19. 

Lawrenceville residents win Diamond of Hope award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville residents Eric and Danielle Beverly received the 2009 Diamond of Hope award at Turner Field.

The Atlanta Braves second annual Diamond of Hope awards were presented on Breast Cancer Awareness Day to four recipients who have made exceptional contributions to the fight against breast cancer through volunteer efforts, advocacy and support of breast cancer education and research.

Braves pitcher Tim Hudson presented the couple with the award.

Eric Beverly spent 10 years in the NFL, and his wife, Danielle, is a three-time breast cancer survivor. They founded the Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation in 2006 to provide support and resources for families who have been touched by breast cancer.

They were also the keynote speakers at this season's Atlanta Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

NAACP Gwinnett hosting youth basketball tournament

LAWRENCEVILLE — The NAACP Gwinnett Youth Council is hosting its fourth annual three-on-three basketball tournament Nov. 26 at Philips Arena.

Registration is $100 for a team of four players. The categories are boys and girls teams in fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, and ninth through 12th grades.

For more information, call JeJuan Stewart at 404-644-2266 or e-mail yc_naacpgwinnett@yahoo.com.

Strong Legs Run celebrates its 25th anniversary

ATLANTA — Now in its 25th year, the CVS Pharmacy Strong Legs Run is one of Atlanta's largest road races and includes a 10K qualifier for the 2010 Peachtree Road Race.

More than 5,000 runners are expected to participate in Saturday's multi-race event, which benefits the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Child Care Fund. A schedule of events is as follows:

• 8 a.m. 10K (timed and untimed runners)

• 9:15 a.m. 5K (timed and untimed runners)

• 10 a.m. CVS Pharmacy All Kids CAN Race (for children with physical or developmental disabilities)

• 10:15 a.m. Mascot Trot (for children 12 and under)

• 10:30 a.m. 2K Family Fun Run

For more information or to register, visit www.choa.org/stronglegs.

North Gwinnett JROTC visits Washington, D.C.

SUWANEE — North Gwinnett High School's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps recently took a field trip to Washington, D.C.

The group of 52 students toured the White House, Ford's Theater, Mt. Vernon, and the Lincoln, Vietnam War, Korean War, World War II and Marine Corps memorials.

The highlight of the trip was a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where four cadets in uniform participated in a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and laid a wreath designed and built by a parent of one of the cadets.

The cadets also visited Medieval Times in Maryland.

Hawks taking entries for essay contest

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have announced that entries are now being accepted for the "Hometown Hangout" Essay Contest.

The contest is part of the Hawks' Read to Achieve program sponsored by Philips.

One grand prize winner will have the opportunity to spend some time with Hawks center Al Horford at his or her favorite local hangout spot. The winner will also receive four tickets to the Hawks' Read to Achieve Day game against the Indiana Pacers on March 28 (3:30 p.m. tipoff). Five runners-up will receive four tickets to the game.

The contest is open to all area elementary school students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Students are asked to submit a 350 to 1,000 word essay (typed and double-spaced), telling Horford about their favorite place in Atlanta.

Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 27 and will be judged on creativity, grammar, content and overall impression.

Entries should be mailed to the Atlanta Hawks Community Development Department at 101 Marietta Street, Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA 30303. Visit www.hawks.com for complete rules and procedures.

Masonic lodge receives honor

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville Masonic Lodge No. 131 of Free and Accepted Masons has been named the state lodge of the year, an honor voted on by lodges throughout Georgia.

"We did a lot of charity work this year," Senior Warden Greg Voyles said. "We give scholarships to Central Gwinnett students, we gave several donations to the Georgia Masonic Children's Home in Macon and we supported Gwinnett Relay for Life and several other events."

Lodge members and the public can get a first viewing of the lodge's Grand Masters Cup at a celebratory dinner at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the lodge at 365 Perry St. in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-963-1726.

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