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Gezzo's teaming up with Habitat for Humanity

This month, supporting area charities will continue to be a focus at a local restaurant, one meal at a time.

Gezzo's Surf & Grille, at 1866 Jonesboro Road, in McDonough, is encouraging residents to visit the establishment during the week of Aug. 12 through Aug. 19, for lunch or dinner, as part of the restaurant's Celebrity Chef program.

A portion of the proceeds from the week's events will go to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

"It's something different and exciting for people to get involved in, and it also allows us to get face time with our supporters and with the community," said Cara Welch, chief of development for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, a housing ministry for modest-income families in the Atlanta area. She said her group, during the week, will bring in volunteers to serve food to customers at the restaurant. Gezzo's, she said, promotes one charity a month, inviting representatives from those charities to cook there as a promotional tool.

The Celebrity Chef program at Gezzo's is in its fourth month, according to Anita Hsu, who co-owns the restaurant with her brother, Howard Hsu. Since its inception, nearly $2,000 has been raised to benefit local charities, Anita Hsu said.

"My brother and I are both from Henry County," she said. "We've lived here our whole lives, and our parents have restaurants in Henry County as well. So we really care about what's going on in the community. We have always had a place in our hearts to help others."

Welch added that the cooking project is "hugely important" for her organization.

"Gezzo's has a good reputation for being engaged in local charities," she said.

In the past, the restaurant has displayed support for other local charities, including A Friend's House, the Henry County Fuller Center for Housing, the Henry Medical Center Foundation, and Connecting Henry.

For more information, visit Gezzo's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gezzos.