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GWINNETT GAB: Todds win servant award

Todds win servant award

DULUTH — At its eighth annual benefit, gala and awards dinner, the Peachtree Christian Hospice Board of Directors bestowed upon William N. and Martha S. Todd its Scott Hudgens Good and Faithful Servant Award.

The Todds helped establish the hospice in 2000 and continue to serve as co-chairmen of the board.

The award is named for the late developer and philanthropist D. Scott Hudgens. His passion for hospice, along with his property and financial donations, led to the creation of Peachtree Christian Hospice. The Good and Faithful Servant Award is given annually to someone who has exhibited an unselfish spirit of caring for other people and a genuine interest in the community.

“Bill and I are incredibly humbled by this honor,” Martha Todd said. “We have been tremendously inspired by Scott and Jacqueline Hudgens’ generosity, and we are grateful to be a participant in this ministry as our lives are forever touched by the patients and their families who are helped by Peachtree Christian Hospice.”

Peachtree Christian Hospice is a 16-bed, inpatient facility located in Duluth.

Blanton pitched to strike out ALS

ATLANTA — James “Tony” Blanton recently hurled the first pitch to open the Braves vs. Diamondbacks game at Turner Field as part of ALS Awareness Night sponsored by the Atlanta Braves and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Tossing a ball used to be no big deal for Blanton, a retired Gwinnett County teacher and coach. However, the Lawrenceville resident was diagnosed in 2009 with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

May is ALS Awareness Month.

Gathering Salon sends hair to Gulf Coast

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Artisan Gathering Salon in downtown Lawrenceville recently sent its first delivery of hair to the Gulf Coast to help in the oil spill.

The salon is sending hair collected from haircuts. The hair is made into hair booms, which are put into the Gulf to help soak up the oil.

For more information, visit www.theartisangathering.com or call 770-963-6423.

New clients always receive $10 off their first visit.

Norcross pastor appointed DJJ commissioner

NORCROSS — Garland R. Hunt was recently appointed as commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Hunt, the co-pastor of The Father’s House in Norcross, comes to the Department of Juvenile Justice from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, where he was appointed in 2004. He served on the Parole Board for six years, including a term as vice chairman and as chairman from 2006 to 2008.

Hunt, an Alpharetta resident has also served as staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and as general counsel and executive vice president for The Fellowship of International Churches. He is vice president of Wellington Boone Ministries.

Hunt replaces Albert Murray as commissioner of the department. Murray served as commissioner for six years and was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles by Gov. Sonny Perdue at the same time Hunt was recommended as commissioner.

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