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Joe Skopitz with Centennial Olympic Park, Maureen Kornowa with Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and Vanessa Anderson with Covenant Christian Ministries Academy

Joe Skopitz, Maureen Kornowa, Vanessa Anderson, Dom Rainey

Joe Skopitz, Maureen Kornowa, Vanessa Anderson, Dom Rainey

Joe Skopitz/Centennial Olympic Park

Joe Skopitz, Centennial Olympic Park (2)Less than two decades ago, Centennial Olympic Park’s neighborhood was a run-down part of town. That all began to change on the day Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games CEO Billy Payne gazed out his office window and a brilliant inspiration came to him – to convert a multi-block eyesore into a glorious gathering spot for visitors and residents to enjoy during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and for years to come. Tremendous support, coupled with the willingness of the State of Georgia to take the lead in the Park’s development and to assume ownership after the Games, transformed a dream into a grand reality – Centennial Olympic Park.

Following the Olympic Games, a large portion of the park was closed and redesigned for daily public use. Today, this unique 21-acre park performs a dual mission: it serves as Georgia’s lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games and it anchors efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in Georgia’s capital city. The Park sponsors community-wide free events including the Fourth of July Celebration, Music@Noon, the Wednesday WindDown concert series, and Park Market. The Park also hosts festivals, fundraisers and private events. These events, in addition to the normal day-to-day traffic, bring an estimated three million visitors to this urban oasis each year.

Maureen Kornowa/Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

Maureen Kornowa, Gwinnett Childrens ShelterThe Gwinnett Children’s Shelter has been serving their community for more than 27 years. This past year GCS has embarked on a new journey with a program called “The Next Step…” where they now help homeless children of all ages along with their young moms. They are also looking to assist young girls who “age out” of the foster care system and those young women who have served in the Armed Forces who find themselves in a homeless situation with children. Their new idea is fresh and unique in that it is designed to keep the family together, determine the cause of the homelessness, and set each guest on a path to sustainability. For more information on “The Next Step…” visit

Vanessa Anderson/Covenant Christian Ministries Academy

Vanessa Anderson, Covenant Christian Ministries AcademyCovenant Christian Ministries Academy, a ministry of Covenant Christian Ministries Church, is a fully accredited school (ACSI and SACS CASI) established in 1994 which provides educational services to students both foreign (SEVIS approved) and domestic. Excellent learning opportunities are available at CCMA! Class sizes are moderate to allow individual needs to be addressed. Their academic training, which includes advanced placement and honor’s classes, has produced notable achievements. Student accomplishments include: Zell Miller scholarship recipients, perfect scores on advanced placement exams, and national winners in history, spelling, geography and math, and participants in the People to People Ambassador Program to Harvard in Cambridge, MA.

All students, K5 – 12, are required to take Spanish each year with the goal of developing spoken and auditory proficiency. Latin instruction begins in 3rd grade for their elementary students providing them with additional tools to decipher new vocabulary as formal phonics instruction ends.

Various activities are available to students in addition to the academic rigor – basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, chorus, yearbook, spelling bee, and more. Their basketball program produces true student-athletes with several recruited to NCAA Division I colleges.

Holly Berggren with RevLocal, Dan Rustin with Monitor Pest Control, and Christine Steck and Kelly Gillam with Lanier Tent Rental

Holly berggren, Dan Rustin, Christine Steck, Kelly Gillam, Nikole Toptas

Holly Berggren, Dan Rustin, Christine Steck, Kelly Gillam, Nikole Toptas

Holly Berggren/RevLocal

Holly Berggren, RevLocalHolly Berggren is the Business development manager with RevLocal. Her job is to help business owners keep up with the crazy Google world we live in. RevLocal is passionate in helping local small to medium-sized businesses compete because they were one of those “little” guys in the Dial-Up Internet segment. However, they learned how to market themselves through Paid Ads and grew to a 60,000 Nationwide Customer Base. Now their whole purpose is in Local Search and helping business owners navigate the ever changing landscape of online searching.

Dan Rustin/Monitor Pest Control

Dan Rustin, Monitor Pest ControlMonitor Pest Control offers one of the best values in the industry for residential pest control services, and also services all types of commercial enterprises . Their Once Per Year Pest Application Service is an exceptional way to keep your home, investment property or commercial property “pest free” year round. Their guarantee is one of the strongest in the industry, and with Monitor Pest Control you save money on unnecessary repeat applications which most other pest control companies use as a means to generate revenue. Their application process eliminates the need for these repeat visits. Why pay for services you don’t need when you can work with Monitor Pest Control and their best in the industry guarantee for your pest control needs?

Christine Steck & Kelly Gillam/Lanier Tent Rental

Christine Steck & Kelly Gillam, Lanier Tent RentalLanier Tent Rental is conveniently located – and now celebrating 25 years – at 534 Mill Street in Gainesville. The name says Tent, but they do so much more. They always strive to provide the highest level of service with quality products at competitive prices in the Northeast Georgia and surrounding areas. They provide rental equipment for a variety of functions and events. They work with community centers, colleges, grand openings, corporate events, weddings and many more. They offer free consultations and site surveys.

Lanier Tent Rental invites you to their showroom any time. While pictures are worth a thousand words, there is nothing like seeing the items in person. You can bring your caterer, florist, event planner, family, friends, or whomever to join you. A showroom visit may help you get ideas to personalize your event, and make your vision come to life.

Lanier Tent Rental makes every event an event to remember.