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Bagwells of Forsyth County named Volunteers of Year
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The Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia recently named Tommy and Chantal Bagwell of Forsyth County as its Volunteers of the Year for 2015. They are shown joined here by Lanier Tech President Ray Perren and Cris Perkins, executive director of the Lanier Tech Foundation. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

ATLANTA — The Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia recently named Tommy and Chantal Bagwell of Forsyth County as its Volunteers of the Year for 2015.

According to a news release from the college, the presentation came during the Annual Technical College System of Georgia Leadership Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta.

In a statement, Lanier Tech President Ray Perren said the Bagwells’ “generosity and ability to help our college with both their time and treasure is immeasurable.”

The Bagwells established the $500,000 Bagwell Family Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund in 2005 to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family businesses.

In Georgia, the colleges impacted by this fund are Lanier Tech and Moultrie, Albany and Coastal Pines technical colleges.

The Bagwells’ family business, American Proteins has three locations, including one in Cumming. Over the past nine years, through the family’s foundation, the Lanier Technical College Foundation has been able to help nearly 300 students continue their education.

The Bagwells also have given $50,000 over the years for an adult literacy instructor and have opened their home and boat for Lanier Tech fundraisers.