Cities across the county raise funds for charities

During the last weekend of April, several cities around Gwinnett are holding events to raise many for different charities, including Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Special Olympics and the Atlanta Chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Besides these communities coming together for good causes, there will also be plenty of activities to have a good time.

If you're more of a night owl, Lilburn is hosting its Relay for Life Rally today to raise additional funds for the American Cancer Society. The event usually collects a few thousand dollars in donations while honoring those who have survived cancer.

Attendees can expect a welcome and opening ceremony, followed by the Survivor Lap, where those who have battled the disease are honored and cheered for by onlookers. When the sun sets, the Luminaria Ceremony commences with hundreds of paper bags with candles that are lit around the track.

The rally is from 5 to 10 p.m. in Lilburn City Park at 76 Main St. For more information about Relay teams, visit www.lilburnrelayrally.org. For more information about the event, call Pat Swan at 770-923-6550.

The Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes is holding a March of Babies Walk on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Suwanee's Town Center Park at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

The fundraiser supports research and programs to help prevent or treat premature birth, birth defects and other threats to babies' health. Organizers said they expect about 1,200 people for the event, which features inflatable toys for kids, hot air balloon rides and a picnic provided by Publix.

Strollers and pets on leases are welcomed to join the walk. To register, visit marchforbabies.org. For more information, email Kandis Burney at kburney@marchofdimes.com.


kevin 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder what will happen next year when Obama kills the tax deduction for donations?


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