Gwinnett County center cancels fundraising Gala


The board of directors for a center in Gwinnett Council that provides services to adults will development disabilities won't hold its 30th fundraising gala this year because of the economy.

Executive Director Alice Cunningham says Hi-Hope is negatively impacted by the economy just as all other nonprofits are. She noted that many of Hi-Hope's donors are home builders, developers, and businesses related to the building industry and financial institutions.

She says the gala usually nets about 50 percent of what the center counts on for donations. And she added that donations are about half the amount raised at this time last year.

Hi-Hope plans to seek donations through smaller fundraising efforts and celebrate the 30th year of its gala next year, the same time it will celebrate 50 years of offering services in Gwinnett County.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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