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GAB: Mixed Martial Arts event benefits St. Jude

Johns Creek -- A Mixed Martial Arts event benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held March 2, at the Francis Fong Martial Arts Academy.

Sifu Francis Fong, owner of the Francis Fong Martial Arts Academy, will be teaching a two-hour seminar on Mixed Martial Arts from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Martial Arts Academy.

The minimum donation to participate is $40. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Francis Fong Academy welcomes donations in any amount from area citizens and companies.

According to a news release, the academy's "goal in holding this event is to help the children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS, sickle cell disease and other catastrophic illnesses," said Tracey Fong, coordinator of the event.

"St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progress because of the help of people who participate in and donate to events like Martial Arts for St. Jude."

For more information, visit www.stjude.org.

If interested in participating in the MMA Seminar for St. Jude's, call FFMAA at (770) 623-4997. Checks can also be mailed to:

Francis Fong Martial Arts Academy

Francis Fong Martial Arts Academy is located at 11035 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 10, Johns Creek

Small Business Instant Savings Only in Atlanta

ATLANTA Sixteen Atlanta-area Sam's Club locations will offer exclusive additional savings for small businesses through Sunday.

The Business Savings Expo event includes savings of up to $2,500 on nearly 200 items and is only offered in Atlanta-area locations.

Although the items are targeted to help small business owners save more, anyone with a Sam's Club membership can purchase the highlighted merchandise during the week-long Instant Savings celebration.

"Sam's Club wants to provide local business owners with the tools and goods they need to lead each day with increased confidence and optimism," said Betty Marshall, vice president for southeast operations at Sam's Club. Small Business Savings

Local stores include: 3383 Buford Drive, Buford; and 3450 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Duluth

Baseball team collecting balls, gloves for soldiers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett Braves want your baseball or glove.

The local minor league team is holding a drive to collect new or used baseball gloves at Coolray Field, as part of the Gloves 4 Troops program, hoping to send 1,000 gloves to U.S. troops before the start of spring training.

With the program already collecting more than 700 gloves through its website, gloves4troops.com, the G-Braves hope the local collection can help the organization exceed its goal.

Gloves, as well as baseballs, can be donated at the Lawrenceville stadium until Feb. 22. Small donations will be accepted at the box office, while larger donations can be set up by calling Shari Massengill at 678-277-0311. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Minor league infielder Vance Albitz of the St. Louis Cardinals organization set up the charity. He sends boxes of baseballs and gloves to troops stationed around the world, including in places like Afghanistan, a press release said.

For more information on how you can get involved with Gloves 4 Troops, visit gloves4troops.com or email Albitz at vance@gloves4troops.com.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. To submit an item to Gwinnett Gab, email gab@gwinnettdailypost.com.