GWINNETT GAB: Publix associate honored for community service

James Parker 

James Parker 

Publix associate honored for community service

SUGAR HILL — Publix Super Markets recently honored five associates at its annual stockholders meeting with its Mr. George Community Service Award. The award is based on the associate’s community leadership and involvement.

James Parker, store manager at the Publix at Sugar Hills Corners in Sugar Hill, won for the company’s Atlanta Division.

Parker began his Publix career in 1994 as a part-time front-service clerk in Kendall, Fla. He became full time a few months later and worked his way through various positions before being promoted to assistant store manager in 2005. He was promoted to store manager in 2008 and has managed his current store since 2009.

Parker focuses his community service efforts on local schools, including working with children to develop reading skills and partnering with the schools to recycle Styrofoam lunch trays. He also volunteers with his local DECA council to recruit new Publix associates and develop them into leaders.

In addition to receiving the award, a $5,000 donation is made to charities of each winner’s choice. Parker is splitting the donation between Foundation to Fly, United Way and March of Dimes.

Car wash to raise money for Japan

SUWANEE — A charity car wash for Japan is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian Brothers Automotive, 565 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suwanee.

All donations will go toward the earthquake relief in Japan and the Red Cross.

Lilburn named Tree City USA community

LILBURN — Lilburn was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

Lilburn has earned this national designation for four years.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Lilburn has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

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