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GWINNETT GAB: Tennis tourney raises money for Hemophilia of Ga.

Special Photo
 Cadie Cooper, left, and Holly Kivbo partnered together for Sterling on the Lake’s second annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament, a fundraiser for Hemophilia of Georgia. Cooper and Kivbo were one of nine championship teams in the tournament. 

Special Photo Cadie Cooper, left, and Holly Kivbo partnered together for Sterling on the Lake’s second annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament, a fundraiser for Hemophilia of Georgia. Cooper and Kivbo were one of nine championship teams in the tournament. 

FLOWERY BRANCH — Sterling on the Lake’s second annual Member-Guest Tennis Tournament raised more than $7,500 for Hemophilia of Georgia, an organization that helps people affected by bleeding disorders live as normally and productively as possible.

The money will help send about 170 campers to Camp Wannaklot this summer, said Vic McCarty of Hemophilia of Georgia.

More than 150 tennis players and spectators attended the tennis tournament, which is open to all residents of Sterling on the Lake and a nonresident partner of their choice.

The tournament champions were Andrea del Valle and Alyson Ferwerda, Lynn Moore and Cynthia Cox, Wendy Knight and Amy Placek, Cadie Cooper and Holly Kivbo, Laura Russo and Gina McGill, Michael Richards and Grant Patrick, Jay Cooper and Jimbo Floyd, Mario Matute and Tom Zimmerman, and Ron Coleman and Mark Scherer.

Norcross company wins BBB award

NORCROSS — Bardi Heating & Air Conditioning earned first place in customer service in its size category in the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards.

Bardi was also awarded first runner-up for community service for its contribution to the Recycletronics’ program at Tommy Nobis Center. Bardi offers residential and commercial clients free pick-up for electronics recycling.

The Norcross-based firm has a BBB official rating of A+. The family-owned heating and air conditioning company has served customers throughout metro Atlanta since 1989.

Lilburn officer completes training course

LILBURN — Lt. Rick Holmes of the Lilburn Police Department completed a RADAR Operator Instructor course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

This course is designed to prepare the officer to instruct the effectiveness of speed enforcement through the proper and efficient use of police traffic RADAR speed measurement instruments.

Speed consistently ranks as one of the top five contributing factors resulting in serious injury and fatality incidents.

Funding for the program is provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Donation helps Hope Clinic construction

LAWRENCEVILLE — A $500,000 donation from the Strickland family provided through the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia will help fund the completion of a new location of the Hope Clinic, a nonprofit, primary care clinic.

The new location at 121 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville more than doubles the clinic’s current space, making it possible for the clinic to expand its patient programs and services. A portion of the money will help augment current medical staff and equipment.

“The Stricklands have been such valuable friends to the Hope Clinic. This donation will take us a very long way in completing the new building and growing our current services,” said Pam Martin, executive director of the Hope Clinic. “The clinic wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of people like Clyde and Sandra, who believe in our mission.”

Clyde and Sandra Strickland has been donors to the Hope Clinic for several years.

For more information about the Hope Clinic, visit www.hopeclinicgwinnett.info.

Foundation accepting application for business grants

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and its nonprofit affiliate, The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, are accepting applications for an inaugural business grant, Economic Success = Partnership.

Designed to enhance the prosperity of start-up and newly established black women-owned businesses, two $1,000 grants will be awarded to nontraditional entrepreneurs in an effort to help them reach their greatest potential and achieve goals in delivering quality products to the Gwinnett County community and beyond.

Eligible applicants are black women who operate a newly established (open one to three years) or start-up (open less than one year) business in Gwinnett County. A business license reflecting registered business ownership is required. Current members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce are welcome to apply, but business owners who are not current members will be required to obtain full Gwinnett Chamber membership with a portion of grant monies awarded.

Grant applications can be obtained by e-mailing uaoaka@yahoo.com. Applications must meet specified criteria and be postmarked no later than Aug. 30.

Grants will be awarded Sept. 30 and recipients are expected to comply with reporting requirements.

GCPS HR head speaks at commencement ceremony

ATLANTA — Frances Davis, the chief human resources officer of Gwinnett County Public Schools, delivered the commencement address Saturday to Atlanta-area graduates of Saint Leo University at the Atlanta Civic Center.

Her audience included nearly 300 degree candidates. More than 190 students earned bachelor’s degrees in disciplines including business administration, human resource administration, criminal justice, computer information systems, sociology and religion. Another 67 received the two-year associate degree in liberal arts.

Davis joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 1992. The district, Georgia’s largest school system, is also one of the state’s largest employers.

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