GWINNETT GAB: Fundraiser benefits Georgia SPCA

DULUTH -- The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has scheduled its third annual "You Ain't Nothin but a Pound Dog" fundraiser to benefit the organization's shelter and pet adoption center.

The event, which is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett Center Ballroom, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, will feature casino games, dancing, live entertainment, food and celebrities including Elvis tribute artist Cliff E., guest host Holly Firger of CNN News and Pam Johnson-Bennett, star of Discovery Channel's "Psycho Kitty" series.

A silent auction and raffle will feature the chance to win items including lodging air airfare to Cancun, Mexico; an Atlanta Braves suite for 20; Walt Disney World theme park passes; Carrie Underwood tickets; and a foursome of golf at the River Club or Sugarloaf Golf and Country Club.

Everyone who purchases a ticket for the benefit will be eligible to win four days and three nights at the Flamingo hotel or Harrah's Resort in Las Vegas.

Tickets can be purchased online through Tuesday at www.georgiaspca.org.

Discover Mills holds special children's event

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Atlanta area children and parents are invited to attend a special Simon Kidgits Club event at Discover Mills from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Discover Mills Food Court.

Children will get a first look at ROXX, the newest collectible head-to-head competitive game by Imperial Toy. With 72 ROXX game pieces and dynamic accessories children can trade or collect the toys.

Additionally, event attendees can participate in back to school craftmaking activities and other interactive offerings. Parents will have the chance to receive exclusive retailer discounts and chances to win special prizes and enter giveaways.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8.

Since 2003, the Simon Kidgits Club has aimed to keep children and parents "amused with various events and activities while providing incentives for club members such as special offers, rewards and games."

Jackson EMC Foundation awards $37K

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the donations of the cooperative's members through the Operation Round Up program, has awarded $37,000 to three agencies that provide programs or services to the residents of Gwinnett County.

-- $15,000 to the Hi-Hope Service Center in Lawrenceville to help fund part-time nursing services for 25 developmentally disabled residents in Gwinnett County, providing services such as daily medication, insulin, blood checks and specialized medical treatment to an increasing number of residents who require onsite nursing care.

-- $12,000 to the United Methodist Children's Home of North Georgia for its financial aid program, which assists low income families with temporary family housing, medical bills and other related needs, such as transportation and child care, that impact their quality of life.

-- $10,000 to the Vision and Hearing Care Program, a service of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, to help provide surgical procedures to restore sight, eye exams, and prescription eyewear for low-income residents in the 10 counties Jackson EMC serves, using Lighthouse medical equipment, volunteer doctors, staff and volunteers.

Founded in 2005, the foundation has put nearly $6.8 million back into local communities, funding 660 grants to organizations and 239 grants to individuals.

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