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GWINNETT GAB: Jackson EMC gives out $66K

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Six agencies serving area residents have been awarded grants totaling $65,837 by the Jackson EMC Foundation, a charity funded by the electric cooperative's members through their donations to the Operation Round Up program.

The funds included $15,000 to the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team to help support its student leadership program serving high school juniors and seniors in 20 public schools. The two-year program provides students with practical leadership skills and trains them to return to their home high school to facilitate program principles with groups there.

-- $15,000 to the Piedmont Regional Library System, which serves residents of Barrow County to join the Georgia Download Destination, a consortium of 24 public library systems in the state that allow library patrons to browse, checkout and download electronic books and audiobooks free of charge.

-- $15,000 to the Tree House, a children's advocacy center working to reduce child abuse in Barrow County for the supervised visitation program, which provides a neutral, child-friendly environment for visits between children in foster care and their parents.

-- $13,837 to Success By 6, a program of the United Way of Northeast Georgia, to help print "Critical Years, Critical Needs" booklets in English and Spanish, a resource guide on early childhood developmental needs and good childcare practices.

-- $5,000 to IDEALS Leadership Schools, a Lawrenceville program that helps high school athletes develop into positive role models and influential leaders in their schools and on their teams.

-- $2,000 to the Duds and Spuds Food and Clothing Pantry in Braselton to purchase bulk food for its pantry.

Texas Hold 'em and bingo night set for Jan. 26

DULUTH -- Rotary Club of Duluth is holding its third annual Texas Hold 'em & Bingo Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Gwinnett Place Marriott.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Rainbow Village. The Rotary Club hopes to send about 30 children of Rainbow Village to summer day camp at Bunten Road Park in Duluth.

Over the past two years, the Rotary Club has sponsored about 55 children of Rainbow Village to attend the camp.

Tickets to the Texas Hold'em and Bingo Night are $40 per person. RSVPs can be sent to Michael Ballenger at mballenger@gwinnettcommunitybank.com. Each RSVP should include name and guests names and whether each person plans to play Texas Hold'em or Bingo.

The event will be held at the Gwinnett Marriott, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth.

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