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Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

Trike-a-Thon raises $2K for St. Jude

ROME, Ga. -- More than 60 of Berry College's youngest students burned some serious rubber in the Child Development Center (CDC) Trike-a-Thon this year.

The kids, all between the ages of three and five, brought out their trikes and bikes to ride and raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The event raised $2,000, far exceeding CDC director Ann Tankersley's prediction of between $500 and $700.

"St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital is a worthwhile organization, and we felt it especially appropriate that they serve the needs of children," Tankersley said.

The money raised will go to a day's worth of chemotherapy, oxygen and medications for one child, according to St. Jude officials.

The Berry College CDC is a laboratory preschool and child care center serving kids in PreK3 and PreK4 classes.

For more information about how to help St. Jude, visit www.stjude.org.

Rome CVB names first 'Superstar of Service'

Rome CVB names first 'Superstar of Service'

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau has rolled out a new program to recognize and reward the very best in customer service.

The "Superstars of Service" program will choose four winners every year from the many Floyd County workers who go above and beyond the expectations of visitors and residents.

"We want to recognize the very best in service across the county and have our front-line employees raise their standards to compete for this award," said Lisa Smith, executive director of the GRCVB.

The inaugural recipient is Bridgett Montgomery, director of sales and marketing at Hawthorn Suites in downtown Rome.

LOCAL PROFILE: A Charitable Thanksgiving

ATLANTA -- This week, the Where U Live team spoke with representatives from the Salvation Army and Hands On Atlanta about ways Atlantans can be charitable, this holiday, if they want to dedicate their holiday to others in need.

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

BEST SPOTS: Thanksgiving Alternatives

ATLANTA, Ga. – Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday reserved for fellowship with family and friends. Most of us enjoy a huge meal, fight through the subsequent stomachache, hang with your favorite cousins and watch football, however, everyone doesnt enjoy turkey day in the same fashion. Some families have unique traditions that may not be consistent with, what we would call an average Thanksgiving. So, if you’re looking to change-up your routine, check out some of the ideas the “Where U Live” team put together.   

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

Veterans eat for free at Applebee's

ATLANTA -- Applebee's expects to serve more than one million free meals to veterans and active duty military this Veterans Day.

This is the third year in a row that the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain restaurant has held its Thank You Movement to show appreciation for the brave men and women who serve our country.

And part of that movement includes allowing members of the military to eat for free on Friday, Nov. 11.

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Active duty military members and veterans can receive their free food from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Metro Atlanta Applebee's locations include:

Athens
* 2226 West Broad Street

Veterans Day: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Marks 20 Years of Serving Children of U.S. Military

Worldwide Programs Now Serving 460,000 Youth in 15 Countries

 

For 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been providing the children of American military families’ vital services and programs – wherever they are stationed around the world.  Since 1991, children have had access to on-base Youth Centers that offer the same guidance and proven programs - focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy living - provided by traditional Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States.

 

“Children of military families face more than the usual challenges of growing up, from moving and re-establishing friendships every few years to worrying about family members who have been deployed,” says Terrill Wicks, vice president, Military Services & International Projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

 

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

ATLATNTA – I’m sure we all remember the days Halloween and Trick-or-Treating was more of a sport than a spectacle. And when everyone wanted to know in which neighborhood you could find king-sized Snicker bars or full-sized bags of M&M’s. Well, according to a survey conducted by Zillow, not much has changed.