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Snellville tourism group honors volunteers

From left, Snellville Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Witts presents Gretchen and Kurt Schulz with the Snellville Tourism and Trade Marcy Pharris Volunteer of the Year award at a dinner at the Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville last weekend. (Special Photo)

From left, Snellville Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Witts presents Gretchen and Kurt Schulz with the Snellville Tourism and Trade Marcy Pharris Volunteer of the Year award at a dinner at the Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville last weekend. (Special Photo)

A husband and wife who founded the city farmers market and community garden were recognized for their efforts by Snellville Tourism and Trade.

Gretchen and Kurt Shulz were given the Marcy Pharris Volunteer of the Year award durinng dinner celebration last weekend.

“The Schulzes work as a team on most projects and are the founders of both the Farmers’ Market and the Community Garden. Gretchen Schulz serves as vice president on the Snellville Tourism and Trade Board,” said Kelly McAloon, STAT’s executive director. “They both play a very integral role in supporting this community and making Snellville a better place to live. The Schulzes are very deserving of the Marcy Pharris Volunteer of the Year award.”

The couple received a plaque and a painting, presented by City Manager Butch Sanders.

Also honored at the dinner were Ileen Meggison of the Community Garden, Ronnie Bentley of the Gwinnett Sunrise Rotary Club, Marilyn Swinney of the Snellville Farmers’ Market, Kathy Emanuel of the Snellville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and Grace Clower of the Snellville Lions Club.

“Volunteers are the heart of our city,” McAloon said. “They volunteer because they want to make a difference in our community. Without the support of our volunteers we would not be able to have the great events and activities we have throughout the year in Snellville. The Farmers’ Market, the Community Garden and all events are run by volunteers who work endless hours to bring Snellville only the very best. We love our volunteers.”