26 | November 7, 2013 | Johns Creek Herald | northfulton.com
Edge: Continued from Page 1 ways to bring a smile to others. It is amazing how Karen will find time in her very busy schedule to brighten the lives of others,” said Daniel. Her community involvement has focused on the Chattahoochee Woman’s Club and Canine Assistants, the nonprofit that trains service dogs to be the eyes, ears and legs of the disabled. A senior product manager for Oracle, Edge has a busy work schedule as so many residents do, yet she makes time for others. Edge has been an active volunteer and certified trainer at Canine Assistants. She has also helped the nonprofit find trainer-families for the dogs to socialize in public surroundings and develop their skills in “real world” activities. She has trained three dogs herself: Moose, April and recently, Sneaker. Trained dogs are valued at $10,000 each. Edge is also adept at bringing her interests and her causes together. As an avid runner, she is also a mainstay in the Woman’s Club’s annual race called “Celebrate America Memorial Day.” The race has been held every year since 1996 until this year, and attracted close to
1,000 runners. Edge persuaded the Woman’s Club to allow Canine Assistants to become involved with the race to give her charity more exposure. The club then donated a substantial percentage of the proceeds to Canine Assistants to fund training for their service dogs. In 2013, the club donated enough money to earn the right to name one of the puppies in training, and thus “April” (a Golden Retriever / Lab mix) was named in honor of the club’s founding president, April Gaffney, who died of ovarian cancer. “I really have to thank the community of Johns Creek,” Edge said in accepting her award. “It takes two and a half years to train a Canine Assistants dog. For families to allow a dog into their home is vitally important. But when you see the clients when they get their dog, and the freedom the dog gives them, then you see it is all worth it.” It has been the Vision of the Johns Creek Foundation to promote excellence in the quality of life for the citizens and business of Johns Creek. It does this by encouraging and directing financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational and cultural growth in the city. This in turn strengthens the unique community identity and spirit that is Johns Creek.
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Fulton Development Authority Chairman Bob Shaw, left, Progress Partners of North Fulton Executive Director Al Nash and Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann share a moment at the ball.
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Three belles at the ball enjoy the evening. From left are Maria Rose of the JC Chamber, Diana Potts of Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth and Lea Bay of Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth.
Karen Edge is congratulated by Mayor Mike Bodker on her award as Volunteer of the Year.
State Rep. Lynne Riley and husband Mike Riley take a turn around the dance floor.
Mayor Mike Bodker, left, and North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President Brandon Beach chat at the ball.
From left are Silver Sponsor Dennis Boyden of AT&T, Presenting Sponsor Craig McCoy of Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Silver Sponsor Will Monett of Optech Monnette LLC.
Published on Nov 5, 2013