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Community manager steps down for school
Suzanne Hendricks, right, stands with 2010 Forsyth Relay for Life chair Valery Hall during that years fundraiser. Hendricks recently left her position to pursue a masters degree. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

The leader of a local, large-scale fundraiser for American Cancer Society has stepped down in order to pursue a master’s degree.

Suzanne Hendricks served for four years as the local community manager for Forsyth County’s Relay for Life effort.

A county native who now lives in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Hendricks earlier this month turned over the position to Amy Richardson.

Richardson has been a volunteer with the local Relay for Life effort for more than eight years. She served as co-chair of the event last year when the event raised a record-breaking $309,418, more than $44,000 over its goal.

“She brings great knowledge, passion and experience,” Hendricks said of Richardson. “The community will really enjoy working with Amy.”

During her time with the American Cancer Society, Hendricks was responsible for fundraising, health promotion, volunteer recruitment and patient services.

Her main duty was managing Relay for Life events in Forsyth and Dawson counties, although she also worked at times with Lumpkin and Rabun counties.

Hendricks, who is pursuing a master of health sciences at Georgia State University in hopes of becoming a registered dietitian, said she’ll most miss the people with whom she worked.

“I have had the opportunity to work with some incredibly dedicated and passionate volunteers,” she said. “I will miss working with them on a daily basis, but have made some lasting friendships.”

This year’s Forsyth County Relay for Life is set for 6 p.m. May 3 to 6 a.m. May 4 at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

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