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Local woman’s clubs raise $55k for Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse

Players scramble for the ball during the Third Annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones game hosetd by Stone Mountain and Lilburn Women’s Clubs.

Players scramble for the ball during the Third Annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones game hosetd by Stone Mountain and Lilburn Women’s Clubs.

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Flyer for the Jawbones vs. Sawbones basketball game benefiting Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse.

The GFWC Stone Mountain and Lilburn Woman’s Clubs joined forces to raise $55,000 for Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse in Stone Mountain.

Volunteers for the clubs spent the past several months working with the staff and management of Side by Side to plan and carry out the Third Annual Jawbones vs. Sawbones game, a friendly basketball game between local lawyers and doctors which was held on March 15. All proceeds from the event go to provide scholarships to the Side by Side Clubhouse, which serves Traumatic Brain Injury patients from all over Georgia, with 30 percent of their membership coming from Gwinnett.

Community leaders, local news sportscasters, such as Fred Kalil, Herb White and Sam Crenshaw, athletes, TBI professionals, family and friends piled into the Decatur High School gym for an evening of on-court entertainment including live music, a silent auction, photo ops with Falcons cheerleaders and dancing Chick-fil-A cows. Members of Side by Side also shared some of their personal stories of tragedy and triumph. The lawyers of the Jawbones team won their second straight victory over the doctors on the Sawbones team.

“The thing I enjoy more than hearing the success stories is beating the doctors in the Jawbones vs. Sawbones game. I know doctors do not like to go to court, and seeing their athletic skills, a basketball court is no exception. All kidding aside, it is a friendly competition to raise money for a good cause,” B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn said. “I got involved with the (Side by Side) Clubhouse after reading about its mission, and learning about the terrific work the Clubhouse was doing to help our friends and neighbors living with brain injuries become independent and more self-sufficient.”

According to a press release, presenting sponsors Long and Holder LLP and Cash, Krugler and Fredericks LLC were very pleased with the event, both the score and the revenue.

“The ladies of the GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club have unanimously voted to include Jawbones vs. Sawbones as one of our annual club projects for the past three years running,” Pat Gabilondo, President of the Lilburn club, said. “We can see the tangible improvements and the positive differences that the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse makes in the lives of TBI patients across the state.”