“Rainbow Village will be recognized before a crowd of over 1,000 community leaders for embodying the spirit of compassion and generosity to which Hudgens was so deeply committed,” according to an announcement in Rainbow Village’s newsletter.
Duluth-based Rainbow Village, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011, is a transitional housing program for homeless families with children that works to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Rainbow Village supporters and volunteers are encouraged to attend the dinner and share in the special moment in Rainbow Village history.
Construction is progressing on Rainbow Village's new Duluth campus on Ga. Hwy. 120. Phase I, consisting of a Family Service Center and two 6-unit apartments, is scheduled for completion in April 2012. The new campus will allow Rainbow Village to triple the number of families it can serve.
The black-tie-optional dinner begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the , 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, in Duluth. Gwinnett Medical Center, which has campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth, is the dinner’s presenting sponsor. The dinner will celebrate Gwinnett people who have made significant contributions to the county’s quality of life in 2011.
Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table with 10 seats. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 27.
Other awards to be presented at the dinner are Citizens of the Year, Public Service Awards, and the R. Wayne Shackleford Legacy Award. The honorees include:
Citizens of the Year
Clyde & Sandra Strickland
Public Service Awards
Mayor Bucky Johnson
City of Norcross
Bartow Morgan Jr.
The Brand Banking Company
Cathy Petty Nichols
Mobile Communications of Gwinnett Inc.
Allgood Pest Solutions
D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Award
Rainbow Village Inc.
R. Wayne Shackelford Legacy Award
Caswell Realty Company
The Rev. William C. Corley
Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
For more information, contact Rachel Jeffers at 770-232-8816 or email Rachel@gwinnettchamber.org.