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Light Up the Corners: A Fun Way to Help Families

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The Fowler YMCA has been a pillar of the Peachtree Corners community for the past 22 years, and a part of that longstanding relationship is the annual Light Up The Corners Fun Run. The race, which has been described by its organizers as a “glowing, flashing, blinking, shining nighttime running party and fundraiser,” is known for its decked out, neon outfits and high energy participants, but, in reality, the roots of the race run much deeper.

Since its establishment in 1997, the Fowler YMCA has always been more than a fitness center. The organization works with the members of our community to provide assistance for financially challenged children and families, giving them the chance to participate in programs and services to help them be successful in school and life.

By participating in the race, as an athlete, sponsor or volunteer, the citizens of Peachtree Corners are given the opportunity to support this cause and better the lives of fellow community members.

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, the race starts in the Forum, located in the heart of Peachtree Corners, and gives runners an exceptional view of the city.

For both events — The 4-Mile Run and Twilight Trot 1K — runners are encouraged to dress up in their brightest outfits, but the fun doesn’t stop there. After the race, there will be contests for the “glowiest” men, women, boys, girls and teams. Whether you consider yourself a fast runner, casual jogger or devoted walker, everyone is invited to be a part of the excitement.

Sponsorships are an integral part of making the race successful. In the words of Amy Massey, this year’s race coordinator, “We couldn’t put on this cool PTC event without the generous support of our sponsors and the local business community.”

She added that she hopes everyone takes the time to thank those who donated because their selfless contributions are also put toward critical funding for the YMCA’s programs.

The 1k Twilight Trot will begin at 8 p.m., followed by the 4 Mile Glow Run at 8:30 p.m. And remember, this race welcomes runners of all ages to come and participate — strollers included! So pack up your family and join us for a night of lights, laughter and fun in Peachtree Corners.

RACE DATE & TIME

WHAT: A glowing flashing, blinking, sparkling 4-mile moving party and a half-mile Twilight Trot.

WHEN: Saturday, August 10th TWILIGHT TROT begins at 8:00 pm; GLOW RUN begins at 8:30pm

WHERE: Clock Tower (near Barnes & Noble) at The Forum on Peachtree Parkway


Annie Fogle is a junior at Norcross High School and Copy Editor for the school’s yearbook. Her interests include traveling, non-fiction books, and spending time with friends and family. She would describe herself as a dog lover and Jeopardy enthusiast.

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Georgia Unified Invitational Brings Together Swimmers for Competition and Fun

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Competitive swimmers are invited to participate in the 2019 Georgia Unified Invitational (GUI): Celebrating the Olympian in All of Us, to be held September 21 at West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center.

“This event is all about bringing together many different groups. The purpose is really to drive home that they’re all one,” said Kai Akubo Smith, AngelfishGA/ATAQ, Area 18 Agency for Special Olympics Georgia. “With Special Olympians leading the way, GUI celebrates the Olympic spirit in all of us, recognizing that everyone has daily struggles and challenges to conquer.”

The invitational, a sanctioned Special Olympics and USA Swimming observed traditional sprint swim meet, is open statewide this year to all qualifying athletes of Special Olympics, USA Swimming, Paralympics, YMCA and US Masters, as well as uncertified athletes who have been certified through GUI.

“Uncertified athletes are swimmers who swam for summer league, middle or high school swim teams,” Smith explained. “They will need a letter from their summer league coach, verifying their times and their ability to perform race starts off the block.”

In addition to racing each other, athletes will have the opportunity to race against some of the top swimmers in the world, including 2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medalists Anthony Ervin and three-time Olympian, Gold Medalist and former world record holder Dana Vollnmer.  The fun doesn’t stop with the swim meet. Participants can continue their good time at the Victory Village, which is open to the public.

“There will be a DJ cranking out hot tunes, a pool party, food trucks, local artisans and much more,” Smith said. “So save the date, participate, donate and celebrate at the 2019 Georgia Unified Invitational!”

GUI—pronounced “GOO-wee”—was formed to provide greater access, exposure and opportunities for athletes with intellectual disabilities seeking to participate in traditional sporting events.

The admission fee for the pool party is a $10 donation. All donations are directed to Special Olympics Georgia.

West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center is located at 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Berkeley Lake, Ga. 30092. Visit georgiaunified.com for more information.

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Light Up The Corners “best race and most successful”

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2019 Light Up The Corners Glow Run was “the best race and our most successful fundraiser yet,” according to Amy Massey, Race Coordinator.  “This fun, family-friendly event has become a Peachtree Corners tradition shared by more and more every year.”

The annual event in Peachtree Corners has touch lives of so many in the community who need it “most by enabling them to benefit from the life-changing programs and services at the Fowler YMCA.”

In her e-blast to supporters, Massey said, “This event is a team effort in every sense. Many thanks to the more than 150 volunteers who donate their time, talent, and energy so 100% of your entry fees can go directly to the Why It Matters campaign at the Fowler YMCA.”

About the sponsors, she wrote, “This could not be a successful fundraiser without the generous support of our sponsors who help defray our costs through donations of money, food, gift cards, and/or time and resources. If you get a chance, please thank them for caring about – and giving back to – their community.” (Sponsor links below)

SPIRIT AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to PEACHTREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL for winning the spirit award for the team with the most number of participants with 70 members! 

Second place goes to Junior Blue Devils with 46 team members, and 3rd place goes to Simpson Elementary School with 38 members.

 AGE GROUP AND OVERALL RESULTS

Click this link for results. 

Top Male Finisher – Top 3 Overall

  • Gabriel Schlicht
  • Miguel Schlicht
  • Eric Heintz

Top Female Finisher – Top 3 Overall

  • Merritt Blum
  • Regan Russo
  • Hannah Schemmel

Photography by Ludwig Keck

Sponsor List:

The City of Peachtree Corners

The Forum on Peachtree Parkway

 Wesleyan School

 Zurn Plumbing

The Piedmont Bank

Gwinnett Medical Center

Relationship Recovery Center, LLC

Integrative Therapy Services

Christ The King

Debbie Timm – Atlanta Fine Homes

Gym Source

Peachtree Corners Life

The Joint Chiropractic

Greater Atlanta 

Christian School

Grace 1720

Ted’s Montana Grill

Black Walnut Grill

Nix, Bryson & Assoc.CPAs

Meredith Hilton Law

Sugar Me Waxing Studio

 Imagix Dental

LeafFilter Atlanta

Road Runner Sports

California Pizza

Kitchen

Peachtree Corners Business Association

Norcross Sports Training Academy

Silver Dollar Press

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta, PC

Pokeworks

Taqueria Tsunami

Trader Joe’s

IGNITE Sports Academy

Mojitos Bistro

Dr. Pierre Rousse

 Jason’s Deli

Patricia Merson

Landscape Architect

Press Blend Squeeze

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Gwinnett Medical Center to Open Primary Care & Specialty Center in Peachtree Corners

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Gwinnett Medical Center announced today a new GMC Primary Care & Specialty Center will open August 5 in the heart of Peachtree Corners on Peachtree Parkway, putting accessible, industry-leading healthcare on the map for area residents.

GMC Primary Care & Specialty Center
Steve Rubin (Gwinnett Medical Group Vice President and Executive Director), Bedri Yusuf, MD (Gwinnett Medical Group Vice President and Chief Physician Executive), Mike Mason (Peachtree Corners Mayor), L.C. Johnson, Michael Boblitz (GMC Vice President of Planning & Business Development), Thomas Shepherd

GMC Primary Care & Specialty Center-Peachtree Corners will deliver several exceptional services for individuals and businesses seeking specialized and preventative care. Offerings will include primary care and corporate health programs from GMG Primary Care, as well as cardiology, gastroenterology, obstetric and gynecologic care from a variety of local specialists. Additional, onsite offerings will include orthopedics, 3D mammography and digital X-ray.

Barbara Joy Jones, DO, an alumna of GMC’s Graduate Medical Education program, will serve as the lead primary care provider for the new facility.

“Delivering care that is both high-quality and convenient is instrumental to our mission of transforming healthcare,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of GMC. “We believe that the addition of this facility will further that mission and promote healthier communities.”

To learn more about the new GMC Primary Care & Specialty Center-Peachtree Corners, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ptc. In addition, GMC is offering free concussion baseline testing August 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and August 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, visitgwinnettmedicalcenter.org/ptcbaseline. For questions, contact Kristy Crea at kcrea@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.

About Gwinnett Health System

Gwinnett Health System (GHS) is the parent company of Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Medical Group and Sequent Health Physician Partners.  GHS employs 5,000 associates and has 800 affiliated physicians serving more than 400,000 patients annually.  Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Additional facilities include: the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, the Gwinnett Extended Care Center, Glancy Rehabilitation Center, outpatient health centers and surgical centers, imaging centers and outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy facilities. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.

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