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The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

The Avenue Peachtree City raises $10,000 for students

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Avenue Peachtree City is doing its part to help students in the community.

The shopping center and one of its stores, White House | Black Market, have raised both money and school supplies for CARE (Children at Risk in Education).

CARE is a program that provides scholarships and school supplies to Fayette County students in need. It is part of the Fayette County Public School System.

White House | Black Market solicited $5 donations from customers for school supplies. In exchange, shoppers received a discount on their purchases.

"Our customers are so wonderful and supportive. Many of them gave more than $5 just because they wanted to help us purchase as many school supplies for the students as possible," store manager Jacky Vaughan said in a statement.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Fourth of July fireworks in Peachtree City

Fourth of July fireworks in Peachtree City

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Peachtree City's annual fireworks display and Independence Day celebration is back for another year.

The annual parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Peachtree Parkway, near the Braelinn Golf Club. It will end on McIntosh Trail near Huddleston Elementary School.

The famous Peachtree City Water Battle will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Drake Field. Stick around for food, safety demonstrations and more until fireworks begin over Lake Peachtree at 9:30 p.m.

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

Buy a Dairy Queen Blizzard, give a miracle

ATLANTA -- Enjoy a cool treat and help kids in need at the same time on Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day.

On Thursday, June 26, the fast food chain will donate one dollar from every Blizzard Treat sold to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which provides funding for 170 children's hospitals in North America.

Learn more at miracletreatday.com.

Christian City welcome center named for caring couple

Christian City welcome center named for caring couple

UNION CITY, Ga. -- The welcome center at Christian City has been named the Dr. Byron and Rose Marie Harper Welcome Center after a prominent Fayette County couple.

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At a recent dedication ceremony, Christian City staff also unveiled a fountain built in honor of the Harpers, who were instrumental in founding the center for abused and abandoned children.

Dr. Harper passed away several years ago, but his widow Rose Marie was on hand to witness the center's dedication ceremony. Rose Marie Harper is still an active member of Christian City's Board of Trustees.

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

Smoothie King raising money for Bert's Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Smoothie King locations across metro Atlanta are spending the entire month of June raising money for Bert's Big Adventure.

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Customers who give $1 to the non-profit will receive a $2 "bounce back" coupon from Smoothie King.

The goal is to raise at least $5,000 by the end of the month.

Bert's Big Adventure, which was founded by Bert Weiss of Q100's "The Bert Show," sends children with chronic and terminal illnesses on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World.

Metro Atlanta has a number of Smoothie King shops:

Alpharetta
* 12280 Houze Road
* 5530 Windward Parkway, Suite 320

Athens
* 1591 South Lumpkin Street
* 2361 West Broad Street

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid distribution sites

ATLANTA -- Do you want to help Action Ministries' Smart Lunch, Smart Kid summertime lunch program?

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The program is always in need of several items, including:

* Sandwich bread
* Individual bags of chips, pretzels, cracker, trail mix, etc.
* Individual fresh fruit or bags of fruit snacks
* Water bottles and juice boxes
* Sliced cheese, ham and bologna
* Ziploc sandwich bags
* Brown paper lunch bags