The Gainesville chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Brenau Trustee Lawrence B. (Lorry) Schrage with the 2014 Community Service Volunteer Award at the Col. William Candler Chapter’s annual awards tea on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Northeast Georgia History Center.
Schrage, a Brenau trustee since 2001, is a prominent member of the Gainesville community known for his work with Kiwanis Club, United Way, Friends of Gainesville Parks, the Georgia Mountain Historical Trust, Challenged Child and Friends, and the Boy Scouts of America. He has contributed more visibly on the boards of Brenau and the Northeast Georgia Health Systems and Medical Center Foundation. Brenau President Ed Schrader, who nominated Schrage for the award, pointed out Schrage’s service to Brenau, which includes chairing the trustee committee that spearheads the ongoing $60 million capital campaign that is critically important to the future of the institution and to high-quality higher education in North Georgia. Schrage, whose family owned business is situated on the Gainesville town square nearby Brenau’s newly renovated Downtown Center, was publicly supportive of the university’s transformation of the outdated, economically-challenged city-owned convention and events venue into a state-of-the-art home for doctoral programs in physical therapy and health professions programs for the betterment of the entire North Georgia community.
“Lorry’s open and zealous leadership in the campaign has helped the university gain phenomenal public enthusiasm and support,” Schrader said in his nomination letter. ” Lorry believes in education not solely as ‘job skill training’ but as a means of personal enrichment through broadened world views and greater tolerance for others. He believes that providing the highest-quality health care possible for all citizens is not only a community responsibility but a moral obligation.”