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Acts of Kindness

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Over the past year, Gwinnett Center employees have not just been busy with their daily tasks at work, but have truly embarked on community responsibilities of giving back.

Our employees have contributed their time and energy to a wide range of local organizations. Throughout this year, our employees invested time and talent in the American Cancer Society, Barefoot in the Park, Button Theatre, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Gwinnett Council of the Arts, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation, Georgia SPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Hats for Kids, Hi-Hope Center, Jack and

Jill Foundation, little league teams, local churches, March of Dimes, Relay for Life and Right to Hike.

One particular organization that has captured all the Gwinnett Center employees is Right to Hike Inc., due to the tragic loss of a former Gwinnett Center employee. In celebrating the life of Meredith Hope Emerson, friends and co-workers founded Right to Hike Inc., a non-profit organization that plans to support causes that were close to Emerson”s heart, including hiking safety. Funds will be donated to provide hikers and outposts with GPS transmitting devices that will allow hikers to send signals to emergency personnel when in distress.

Emerson had a love for the outdoors, and we hope to continue this message, while encouraging safe travels. Other areas of interest include contributions to the UGA Scholarship founded in Emerson”s name and promoting microchipping for pets. For more information about how you can help and event details, please visit www.righttohikeinc.com.

Another organization that has been dear to the hearts of Gwinnett Center employees for many years is Relay for Life. Each year, a team is created to celebrate survivors, remember the people that have been lost to cancer and to fight back against this disease. Some of the ways that this organization has raised money is by working beverage and concession stands at Arena events, where Proof of the Pudding gives back between 7-11 percent of total sales raised.

Some other events that have taken place this year were potluck lunches and the annual overnight Relay for Life event. Since September of 2007, Gwinnett Center has raised more than $11,500 for cancer research.

The pride that Gwinnett Center employees share exists, not only in their dedication to their jobs, but also in the surrounding community. Each individual employee of Gwinnett Center has given their time, donations or leadership to truly make their mark on Gwinnett County.