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Gwinnett Extended Care Center Hosts Fundraiser in Honor of Women’s Heart Health: Hoops for the Heart raises almost $500

02.15.2011

Inez Miles, age 95Lawrenceville, Ga.—The Gwinnett Extended Care Center (GECC) hosted their first-ever Hoops for the Heart fundraiser on February 9. In honor of women’s heart health, the residents of GECC raised nearly $500 at the event.

“Our residents are mostly between 80 and 90 years old,” said Tamey Stith, administrator, Gwinnett Extended Care Center. “It’s important to them to be able to contribute to the community with activities like this. It gives them a voice in determining what they feel is important.”

Thirsty six of the 89 residents at GECC chose to participate in the fundraiser. Each participant was given five attempts to shoot a basketball into a hoop. The participant’s sponsors, made up of family members, friends, and staff members from GECC, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation and Crossroads Hospice, donated money for every successful basket made.

Bonnie Still, Annie Carter and Inez MilesAll proceeds from the event will be donated to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation’s open heart campaign and the new Heart & Vascular Center which is scheduled to open in early 2012. The GECC residents hope to make this an annual fundraiser.