Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Puttin’ on the Ritz for Gwinnett Seniors

On July 30, 2009, Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services (Friends) raised over $33,000 at their seventh annual silent auction in Lawrenceville to benefit Gwinnett seniors.

The event was hosted by Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett, a skilled nursing center and retirement facility where it was transformed into the 1920’s era complete with food and refreshments. Friends Past-President and Delmar Executive Director Jennifer Thilo commented, “Every year this charity event gets even better. This could be our best ever and with all the economic uncertainty, we are so appreciative of such great community support. Every penny goes directly to helping seniors.”

Friends is a private volunteer governed nonprofit organization. The organization’s fundraising efforts have resulted in emergency assistance, home repair, food baskets, dental, medical health and wellness screenings to benefit the senior citizens of Gwinnett.

Currently, there are over 200 seniors on the monthly meals waiting list and more than 100 on the monthly transportation waiting list. Friends has made a significant impact on the senior community as they have met budget shortfalls by supporting 133,825 meals and nutritional dietary supplement drinks for the older population.

To contribute in allowing Gwinnett seniors to remain independent in their homes, please visit the Friends website at http://www.fogcss.com/ or send a check to P.O. Box 390025, Snellville, GA 30039. You may also contact Celia Moore at 770.822.8775 or celia.moore@gwinnettcounty.com
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