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Stricklands named 'Citizens of the Year'

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman . Clyde and Sandra Strickland are perhaps Gwinnett County's most active philanthropists. The couple said all of their decisions are faith-based, and that they love "helping other people help themselves." 

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman . Clyde and Sandra Strickland are perhaps Gwinnett County's most active philanthropists. The couple said all of their decisions are faith-based, and that they love "helping other people help themselves." 

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A local couple's philanthropy has given them another honor, as Clyde and Sandra Strickland have been named Citizens of the Year by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

The Lawrenceville couple, who donated $1 million to fund the newly opened cardiac unit at Gwinnett Medical Center, will receive the honor at the chamber's annual awards dinner Feb. 3.

The Stricklands have also made generous contributions to the Hope Clinic and Rainbow Village and have physically and financially supported the buildings of Habitat for Humanity homes and three churches.

According to a press release, the 2011 Public Service Awards, which is presented by the Gwinnett Medical Center, will also recognize Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, Peachtree Corners man LC Johnson, banker Bartow Morgan Jr, Sean Murphy of Canvas Systems, Cathy Petty Nichols of Mobile Communications of Gwinnett and Perry Tindol of Allgood Pest Solutions.

Rev. William Corley of Lawrenceville First Baptist Church and realtor J.D. Caswell will receive the R. Wayne Shackelford Legacy Award for their impact on Gwinnett County.

Rainbow Village, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless, will receive the D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award given in honor of Scott Hudgens, "a respected developer and philanthropist who unselfishly gave of his time and talents to ensure that many others, especially those with limited means, would benefit from his treasure," a press release said.

"It is through the leadership and collaboration of individuals and organizations like our award winners that Gwinnett can celebrate a thriving economy and superior quality of life," Chamber President Jim Maran said.

"The Annual Dinner is a time to celebrate Gwinnett's success and honor those who make a difference in our community."

For more information on the awards event, a black-tie optional affair at the Gwinnett Center's ballroom, contact Alicia Krogh at 770-232-8809 or alicia@gwinnettchamber.org.