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GAB: Tornado fundraiser is Saturday

Special Photo Jackson EMC Foundation board member Jim Puckett (right) presents a $15,000 Foundation grant check to Exodus Outreach CEO Dr. Kary Harris that will be used to fund a summer learning and development program for at-risk students.

Special Photo Jackson EMC Foundation board member Jim Puckett (right) presents a $15,000 Foundation grant check to Exodus Outreach CEO Dr. Kary Harris that will be used to fund a summer learning and development program for at-risk students.

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From left, Frances Buis, Principal Jose DeJesus, Mr. Brentist and Amber Vickers.

LILBURN -- A fundraiser for Oklahoma tornado victims is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Joe's to Goes in Lilburn.

Goods and monetary donations will be taken on site at the event, which will also feature music, a DJ, karaoke, food, drinks and ice cream throughout the day.

Some of the talent includes: Scott Walker, Scott Mecredy, Michael Hurwitz, Stacy Lumley, Hwy. 211 and Jessie Bock.

Joe's to Goes is located at 605 Indian Trail-Lilburn Road NW, Lilburn

Kroger gives to Beaver Ridge

NORCROSS -- Last week, Beaver Ridge Elementary Principal Jose DeJesus accepted an award on behalf of the school from the Singleton Road Kroger.

Beaver Ridge Elementary won $1,800 from the Kroger Earning Plus Learning Grant by creating a visual presentation highlighting the school's continuous commitment in celebrating its diverse cultural population.

Jackson EMC Foundation awards $40k to agencies

JEFFERSON -- The Jackson EMC Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $97,510 in grants during their April meeting, including $89,500 to organizations and $8,010 to individuals. Among the grants awarded were $40,000 to four agencies that provide programs or services to Gwinnett County residents:

-- $15,000 to Exodus Outreach, a Buford non-profit organization serving people in all walks of life who are hurting and in need of support, for a summer program that offers at-risk students in Kindergarten through eighth grade with a summer learning and development curriculum that provides supervision and readies the students to succeed in school in the fall.

-- $10,000 to Extra Special People in Watkinsville to provide an opportunity for special needs or seriously ill children from low income or financially distressed families to attend a weeklong camp where they can explore nature, discover their own abilities, master new skills and make new friends.

-- $10,000 to Spectrum Autism Support Group, a parent-run non-profit group in Suwanee that provides support, education and resources for the entire spectrum of autism disorders, to enable disadvantaged autistic individuals ages four to 22 to attend the organization's weeklong summer camp program where daily activities are used to teach social skills lessons.

-- $5,000 to Camp Kudzu, a year-round camping program for children with diabetes and their families to teach diabetes management skills that will reduce their risk of diabetes-related complications, as well improve their attitude about living with the disease.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has put more than $7.5 million back into local communities since it was founded in 2005, funding 739 grants to organizations and 261 grants to individuals. Cooperative members participating in Operation Round Up have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the next dollar amount, with the "spare change" going to the Foundation.

Any individual or charitable organization in the ten counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at http://www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-guidelines or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC.

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