Gwinnett Gab: Gwinnett Ducks Unlimited chapter honored nationally

Gwinnett Ducks Unlimited chapter honored nationally

LAWRENCVILLE — The President's Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited's elite chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the 100 chapters that raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work. This year the Gwinnett County DU Chapter made the list as one of the organization's highest fundraising chapters.

"These fundraising events are the backbone of how DU conserves habitat and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the on-the-ground conservationists making a difference for North American waterfowl populations," said John Pope, president of Ducks Unlimited. "It takes a lot of effort to crack the Top 100 and these chapters deserve to be congratulated from every person who enjoys the outdoors."

The Gwinnett Chapter has earned a spot on the President's Top 100 list out of the more than 3,500 DU Chapters nationwide. Ducks Unlimited's grassroots system has become a model for other conservation organizations worldwide and has funded a portion of the more than 12 million acres DU has conserved since 1937.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent.

Lawrenceville Sonic offers anniversary discounts

LAWRENCEVILLE — Sonic Drive-In on Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville will celebrate its ninth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday with half-price discounts.

The Super Saver Saturday event will feature music, games, prizes, mascots, drawings and balloons.

Lawrenceville Mayor Rex Millsaps and Lawrenceville City Council members have been invited to an 11 a.m. ribbon cutting.

Lance Burns owns the drive-in restaurant, and Gabriel Rodriguez is the general manager.

Farm Bureau supports Peanut Butter for Haiti

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett County Farm Bureau recently joined Georgia Farm Bureau in donating $16,000 to the Peanut Butter for Haiti project, which is delivering peanut butter and peanut products to the residents of Haiti affected by the January earthquake.

Georgia Farm Bureau contributed $5,090 of the donation and asked its 158 county offices to join it in supporting the cause. The organization's county offices responded by donating a total of $10,910.

"As farmers, our job is to feed and clothe the world, so we welcomed the opportunity to support this effort by donating $100, which will help feed the people of Haiti devastated by the earthquake," said Cecil Gober, Gwinnett County Farm Bureau president.

The total donation will purchase 17,777 pounds of peanut butter, which equals 248,888 servings.

As of Feb. 8, the project had shipped six truckloads, or about 204,000 pounds of peanut butter, to the Caribbean nation. Relief organizations including Operation Blessing, Food for the Poor, Feed the Children and Catholic Relief Services are distributing the peanut butter in Haiti.

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