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GWINNETT GAB: Foundation awards $27K in grants

Foundation awards $27K in grants

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the electric cooperative's members through contributions to Operation Round Up, has awarded three agencies that provide services to Gwinnett County residents a total of $27,500.

The Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville was given $15,000 to help fund part-time nursing services for developmentally disabled residents in six Gwinnett County group homes, providing for an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing services such as daily medication and blood checks.

Three Dimensional Life in Gainesville, a nonprofit organization serving Hall and Gwinnett counties, was awarded $7,500 to assist in the long-term residential recovery of men aged 14 to 20 years old who are struggling with addiction.

Next Stop of Lawrenceville was given $5,000. Next Stop is a grassroots organization that provides social interaction, recreational and life skill learning opportunities for young adults with disabilities.

Jackson EMC members fund foundation grants by having their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program.

Loganville girl wins world title

LOGANVILLE -- Brianne Bielecki, 15, of Loganville was recently crowned Youth World Champion by the Palomino Horse Breeders Association at the 2011 PHBA Youth World Show in Tulsa, Okla.

She and her horse, "Dunit In Our Class," won two individual world championship awards in horsemanship and showmanship.

They have been on a team for several years showing in their circuit. Competitors at the show represent the highest level of competition from all over the horse breeders association.

Her parents, Rebecca and Jeff Hardman, said they are "very proud of her and her horse."

Aviation event planned for Briscoe Fieldz

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A nonprofit educational organization that promotes children's motivational programs based on aviation has scheduled an event for 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, 690 Airport Road at Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field.

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690 has scheduled a program, which seeks to increase students' interest in science, mathematics and technologies.

The TigerFlight Foundation is made up of private and commercial pilots as well as volunteers.

TigerFlight Foundation Speaker Phil "Sunny" Cataldo will present a program regarding the education outreach. Breakfast and refreshments will be available beginning at 8 a.m. in the Sport Aviation Center.

The price for breakfast is $6. For more information, call Joel Levine at 404-314-7573, or email jlevine@bellsouth.net.

Sorority donates to local school

NORCROSS -- Members of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have donated school supplies to 12 agencies citywide including Summerour Middle School in Gwinnett County.

Members sorted and bagged items at the Hyatt Atlanta Hotel July 12-15. The bagged supplies were given out on July 16 at Summerour Middle School.

Items included pencils, pens, paper, crayons, markers, glue sticks, scissors, folders, notebooks and highlighters.

Fast-food chain gives to students

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Have it Your Way Foundation announced last week that it has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to a total of 1,258 students nationwide as part of the 11th annual Burger King Scholars Program.

Among the recipients of this year's $1,000 scholarships are several students who live in Gwinnett County.

Students include Priya Malhotra of Archer High School, Sarah Rutherford of Grayson High School, Waseem Rahmanzai of North Gwinnett High School, Alexander Lopez of Peachtree Ridge High School and Hussain Punjani, also of Peachtree Ridge High School.

The foundation was created in memory of Burger King co-founder James W. McLamore. In total, it has awarded 15,070 scholarships and $15.4 million total since it began in 2000.

For more information about the Have it Your Way Foundation or to get instructions on how to apply for a scholarship, visit www.haveityourwayfoundation.org.

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