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GWINNETT GAB: ACTION Inc. receives G-Braves grant

ACTION Inc. receives G-Braves grant

LAWRENCEVILLE — ACTION Inc. is the recipient of the Gwinnett Braves November grant.

The $1,000 grant will be used to purchase holiday bags filled with food, including a ham, for 125 low-income seniors at the ACTION Walton County Community Service Center. In addition to the grant, the team held a season ticket holder and sponsor food drive to benefit the holiday efforts of ACTION.

“ACTION is dedicated to giving a helping hand to those who need it the most, and to providing people with opportunities to get and stay out of poverty,” said Gary Gerrard, CEO of ACTION Inc.

The ACTION Walton County Community Service Center provides assistance that helps low income families and seniors recover from emergency or crisis situations and become more self-sufficient. Major services include case management and intake; crisis intervention and emergency assistance; and employment assistance and nutrition assistance, including a food pantry, commodity distribution, senior brown bag project, summer garden project and nutrition education.

Organizations interested in applying for a Gwinnett Braves grant can visit the Community page on www.gwinnettbraves.com for more information.

Glavine speaks at Salvation Army breakfast

LAWRENCEVILLE — Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine recently kicked off The Salvation Army’s 2010 holiday fundraising season with stories of faith and philanthropy at The Salvation Army Gwinnett’s fourth annual Prayer Breakfast.

Glavine shared his story of growing up in a Catholic household and how he remained committed to practicing his faith, even during the hectic baseball season. He spoke of the inspiration and motivation he found in Jackie Robinson’s quote, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,” and of his belief that “one man can truly make a difference.”

In addition to Glavine’s speech, The Salvation Army honored Virginia Hinson, a 25-year volunteer, with its annual Volunteer of The Year award, and presented testimonials from individuals and families who have benefited from the organization’s Gwinnett area programs for the homeless.

The $30,000 raised through event sponsorships and ticket sales will support The Salvation Army’s Home Sweet Home Gwinnett Program, a rapid housing program for homeless families in Gwinnett.

GGC to host book signings

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College will host two book signings Friday in the Cisco Auditorium.

The first event is at 11 a.m. and will feature a lecture by Daiva Markelis and Kay Keels. Markelis will speak about her new book, “White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life,” and Keels, from Coastal Carolina University and the co-author of “Feminist Conversations,” will give a talk about her experiences in Lithuania.

At 7 p.m., short story writer George Singleton will be on campus for a book reading and signing. He has published short stories in a variety of magazines and journals, including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Playboy, The Georgia Review, Fiction International, Esquire.com and American Literary Review.

Both events are free and open to the public. The Cisco Auditorium is located in Building C on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus at 1000 University Center Lane in Lawrenceville.

Books will be available at the college bookstore for purchase before the event and a special table will be set up during the event in the auditorium. Signed copies will also be available after the event in the bookstore.

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