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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Peachtree Christian Hospice honors the late Michael Scott Hudgens

DULUTH — Peachtree Christian Hospice celebrated the extraordinary life of the late Michael Scott Hudgens by presenting its prestigious Scott Hudgens "Good and Faithful Servant" Award to his nephews at its 11th Annual Benefit, Gala and Awards Dinner on May 2.

The event was held at the Atlanta Athletic Club. As the oldest of four children of prominent Gwinnett County residents, D. Scott, Jr. and Jacqueline Casey Hudgens, Michael Scott Hudgens emulated the award criteria through his unselfish spirit of caring for other people and his genuine interest in the community.

Hudgens developed an early appreciation for building life-long relationships. In particular, his fervor for "commitment" was the hallmark of his life. Whether it was commitment to academic pursuits at the University of Georgia, or self-discipline in his daily swimming routine and his power walks, Hudgens approached all he did with the utmost determination and execution. His surviving brother, Dallas Hudgens, said, "Mike's core was built on determination and empathy for others. He looked at life's difficult times as adventures to be approached with open eyes and a belief that hope and newfound wisdom would prevail. And whether he was battling to recover from a stroke or a difficult cancer, I believe his greatest comfort came in giving to others."

Hudgens was a remarkable humanitarian and philanthropist. Throughout his life, he devoted his time to advancing the loving care and well being of people and animals, including the alleviation of suffering and pain. As a medic in the Army, he cared for countless military comrades with a kind and gentle heart. Similar to his father, Hudgens shared a deep compassion for those suffering life-limiting illnesses. His selfless devotion to humanity was evidenced through his immense generosity to Peachtree Christian Hospice, sometimes with two or more gifts per year, under the name "Mr. Anonymous."

Throughout the years, Peachtree Christian Hospice Board Chairs, William "Bill" and Martha Todd, never revealed their speculation of his identity to anyone, until most recently following Hudgen's passing. This revelation came at a time within a few weeks of the passing of Bill Todd, who was also honored at the Gala for his remarkable and dedicated role in establishing Peachtree Christian Hospice.

In addition to Hudgens contributions to the Hospice, numerous other health and human service organizations in Greater Atlanta, including Camp Twin Lakes, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, the Salvation Army, and Operation One Voice, have been the proud recipients of his benevolence.

Said Anne Mancini, VP of Operations for the Hospice: "Michael's heartfelt gifts to the Hospice helped to make a profound difference in the lives of over 8,000 patients and their families who have experienced the loving place of rest, comfort and hope that so typifies Peachtree Christian Hospice. Both Michael Hudgens and Bill Todd will be sorely missed."

Peachtree Christian Hospice, Inc.is a general in-patient facility located on over eight serene acres in Duluth, GA. PCH serves patients with life-limiting illnesses throughout Greater Atlanta and surrounding communities. For more info, call 770-232-7727.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services. For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.