Suwanee racks up awards at Festivals and Events conference

SUWANEE - When a city is rated one of the United States' top best places to live, one would expect that city to bring home the bacon.

And that's exactly what Suwanee did at the 2008 Southeast Festivals and Events Association annual conference held in Greenville, N.C., on Feb. 19.

With four gold or first-place awards and one second-place recognition, Suwanee proved that it's the people that help in making the city so great.

Among the awards won were:

n Primrose Schools of Suwanee, which won the best sponsor award for its interactive sponsorship of Suwanee Day.

n Kim Towne, the Suwanee Day volunteer chairperson, won for best volunteer for her work in upgrading the festival's online registration process.

n The best event within an event award went to Suwanee Day's "Sail-A-Bration" activities.

n Suwanee's public information officer Lynne Bohlman DeWilde won for best event photo for her photograph of Jere Flynt conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the June 30 concert at Town Center Park.

Bohlman, who has never received any training in photography said, "I think it did a good job at capturing the excitement that I hope we can raise in the community."

n A silver award was given in the best T-shirt category for 2007 Oconee County High School graduate Amanda Savage's Suwanee Day shirt design.

Suwanee's events coordinator Amy Doherty said, "It was awesome to bring home so many awards. It's because of the support and collaborative efforts of community businesses and individuals like them that Suwanee is able to host such great events."