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GAB: Gwinnett Braves award grant to Dacula-based organization

Gwinnett Braves award grant to Dacula-based organization

The Gwinnett Braves have awarded their $1,000 grant for the month of November to Nothing but the Truth.

Based in Dacula, the organization serves food to children across Gwinnett County through its Weekend Food Bag Ministry. The program assists students in Title I schools who have been identified by counselors as being in a crisis situation and in need of additional food over the weekend and during extended school breaks.

The grant awarded to Nothing but the Truth will go directly toward the purchase of food for the Weekend Food Bag Ministry program. In addition to the funds provided, the Gwinnett Braves have extended the partnership further by supplying volunteers to pack food bags once a month.

“It is an honor to work with local Title I schools to help students who are food insecure,” said Scarlett Rigsby, executive director of Nothing but the Truth. “This grant from the Gwinnett Braves helps us serve 18 schools and provide food for 360 students per week through our Weekend Food Program.”

Event this weekend to benefit Toys for Tots

Venture Sports Shows invites the public to attend its 15th annual Toys for Tots Drive from Friday through Sunday at Village Shoppes at Creekside, 860 Duluth Highway, Suite 110 in Lawrenceville.

The event will feature The Big Don Band with special guest Thomas Gaddy, as well as celebrity appearances by Harold “Bo Bo” Hubbard of the Harlem Globetrotters, Sol Brannan of the Kansas City Chiefs, actor Cameron Gaskins from the upcoming movie “Ender’s Game,” Atlanta Falcons Dewey McClain and Scott Case, Atlanta Brave Phil Niekro, Todd Burks of the Chicago Bears and others.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and celebrity hours are from noon to 6 p.m.

Attendees who donate a new, unwrapped toy valued at a minimum of $10 will receive a ticket good for an autograph from one of the celebrities — some require more than one ticket. For more information on the event, call 770-622-9344.

Winter Fest is Saturday in Duluth

The Duluth Town Green will be filled with music, dancing and more as the city celebrates Winter Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees can listen as the Duluth Idols sing, watch students from Miss Cindy’s Dance Studio perform and enjoy performances by the ALL STAR Performing Arts Academy.

There will also be a Winter Market with vendors selling unique holiday gift items and treats, and holiday crafts for children will be available while supplies last.

Attendees are also asked to visit the “Giving Tree” and select an ornament in support of Rainbow Village and Toys for Tots.

The Duluth Festival Center and Amphitheater is at 3142 Hill St. in Duluth, and Winter Fest is free to attend. For more information, visit www.duluthga.net.

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