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Letter to the editor
Community rallies for new children's ambulance
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Forsyth County News

One year ago, at its annual anniversary celebration, Tam’s Backstage Restaurant kicked off the effort to purchase a pediatric transport ambulance for Children’s Healthcare-Forsyth.  This year that same anniversary event pushed the fund drive over the top and now we have a dedicated pediatric ambulance stationed here in Forsyth County.   

The picture in your paper highlights the logo on the side showing that the major donor for the ambulance was American Proteins located here in Forsyth County and owned by the Bagwell family.  

We have also received generous donations from many schools such as Cumming Elementary, South Forsyth High School DECA and West Forsyth High School SGA.  

Other businesses including Hansgrohe, Automation Direct, Sawnee EMC, Citizens Bank and RBM North have made contributions and local clubs such as Sawnee Woman’s Club, Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club and the Peachtree Court HOA have also been a part of our success story.  

Milton and Forsyth Friends of CHOA have held numerous fund drives and along with Tam’s, restaurants such as Norman’s Landing, Moe’s at Bethelview, Mellow Mushroom, Jim ‘N Nicks and Chick Fil A at The Avenue Forsyth have all helped us achieve our goal.  

The North Georgia Quarter Midget Racing Association young racers contributed funds, area children sold lemonade at neighborhood stands and Ashebrooke subdivision held a Night of Lights.   

Many individuals have also been generous in their giving and the businesses and citizens of Forsyth County have once again demonstrated that we take the health and well-being of our children seriously and we will come together to provide state of the art care for our youngest residents.  

Over $750,000 was raised in one year, completely from private donations.  Thanks to Kelly and Brian Tam for setting the stage for this project and thanks to everyone who once again proved why Forsyth County is such a special place to call home.

Mary Helen McGruder, Chairman

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Forsyth Advisory Board