GAB: Magical Nights of Lights helps non-profits

BUFORD -- As part of its annual Magical Nights of Lights, Lake Lanier Islands Resort has partnered with several non-profit organizations and corporate partners in an effort to assist those in need.

As Lake Lanier Islands commemorates "Twenty years of twinkle," the lakeside resort is taking an opportunity to shine the spotlight on local charities.

On Friday through Sunday, the resort is hosting a Thanksgiving Weekend Canned Food Drive. The drive will benefit His Harvest House, a local food bank ministry in Hall County. Through donations, His Harvest House is able to feed more than 1,600 North Georgia families per month, providing more than 5,000 men, women and children with meals.

Throughout Sunday, officials with the resort encourage guests to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the organization. As thanks, they will receive one free carnival ride per canned good (limit 4 per carload).

On Dec. 1, the resort will host the lighting of the Edmondson Telford Angel Tree. The Edmondson-Telford Center for Children is a non-profit agency in Gainesville that is dedicated to providing hope to victims of child abuse. The lighting of the tree marks the start of ETC's AngelTree campaign to raise funds and awareness.

Donations go to provide forensic examination services and support victims in Hall and Dawson counties. In exchange for contributions, donors will receive a coupon to visit the 20th annual magical Nights of Lights. Donations can be made by calling 770 534-5151 or by visiting www.etcenterforchildren.org.

Thursday through Dec. 31, with each coupon received at Lake Lanier Islands' front gate a portion of proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Coupons are available at Publix, McDonalds, QuikTrip, Chick-fil-A, Lenny's Sub Shop and Audi Gwinnett.

For more information, visit www.lakelanierislands.com

Collins Hill football team raises $40k for CHOA

SUWANEE -- The Collins Hill High School football program recently donated $40,000 -- money raised through the annual fall fundraiser -- to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit provider of pediatric care for children facing serious illnesses and medical conditions.

"I am proud and impressed by the teamwork and commitment the football team put in to make this year's fundraiser an even bigger success than last year and the largest to date," said Kevin Reach, head football coach of the Collins Hill Eagles. "Much more than a great exercise in community service, this really shows what can be accomplished by focusing on a cause beyond one's own interests."

The contribution from the Collins Hill Eagles was presented to CHOA through Children's Miracle Network at the Collins Hill home game on Oct. 26.

The money raised by the team was matched by Delta Community's matching gifts program. For more information, visit www.deltacommunitycu.com.

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GwinnettParent 2 years, 10 months ago

I am all about helping charities especially this time of year, but $60 a car is a little excessive in any economy but especially this one. Last year, the Lake insisted that they had made major changes and to please give it a try. Well not so much, it was the same old stuff from the last 20 years....so we will be saving our money and going to less expensive displays and taking our canned goods to the North Gwinnett Coop for a lot less than $60.


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