Fundraising kickoff to be held Wednesday

DULUTH -- A group of Gwinnett leaders will kick off a fundraising campaign with an event Wednesday.

Leadership Gwinnett, a nonprofit that has trained and connected many of the county's most prominent business and civic leaders for 29 years, has set a goal to raise $600,000 over the next five years to implement a community-supported strategic plan.

Officials will outline the goals during the event, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the 1818 Club in Duluth.

In a press release, leaders said the "Key to a Better Gwinnett" campaign has already achieved success. Pledges from Platinum Investors BrandBank, Brand Mortgage, Dan King, Georgia Power, Gwinnett Hospital System and Mike and Sherry Tennant have reached $50,000 or more each spread over the five-year program.

King, a retired partner in King & Spalding and Tammy Shumate of Brand Mortgage are the campaign chairs and the special guest hosts of the event. They will be joined by Mike Tennant, the foundation board chair and Lisa Zaken, the executive director of Leadership Gwinnett at the kickoff, where they will share how they funds will be used to "educate, equip and engage more people" in the community, a press release said.