Event benefits local nonprofit

LILBURN - For six years, this community event in Lilburn has helped children with complex health issues remain at home with their families.

This year, Dream House for Medically Fragile Children hopes the seventh annual Music-on-Main event is even more successful than the last, which brought in $30,000 to help support the Gwinnett nonprofit.

"It means everything to us," Dream House founder Laura Moore said. "We wouldn't be here without this community and this event."

This year's Music-on-Main concert event will feature the Atlanta duo Banks & Shane performing two 50-minute sets starting at 8 p.m. Gwinnett R&B singer Stephen Norwood will open the show.

"Music-on-Main has been a summer highlight since the first one in 2003," Lilburn Mayor Diana Preston said. "This year's event is sure to be one of the best and our community is really looking forward to the Banks and Shane performance."

This year, the Main Street Fair has been added to the mix of Saturday's events. Hosted by the city of Lilburn and the Lilburn Business Association, the fair will include free health and vision screenings, a children's corner and a carnival fun zone, and will open at

11 a.m. About 100 local businesses will have booth displays with information on their services and programs.

"The basic premise behind Main Street Fair is with the really tough economic times, we wanted a way to help bring the community together," Moore said. "It's a little bit of a gift back where community groups and businesses can come together and neighbors and friends meet and have fun."

Almost 400 volunteers from throughout Gwinnett County and beyond will be working Saturday to during the fair and the night's concert, which serves as the primary fundraising event for the Dream House. Children staying at the nonprofit's transitional care home in Lilburn will also be out and about during the event.

"There's a lot of nonprofits that collect money and do wonderful things, but the people who provide the support don't always have a connection, they don't know where their money goes, they don't know who they're helping," Moore said. "We like to bring kids to this event so these families can know who they're supporting and what they have done."

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Main Street Fair and seventh annual Music-on-Main

· When: The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Music-on-Main from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

· Where: Lilburn City Park in Lilburn, 76 Main St., with parking available at Market Square Shopping Center, 4805 U.S. Highway 29

· Cost: The fair is free to attend and admission to Music-on-Main is $10

· For more information: Call 770-717-7410 or visit www.dreamhouseforkids.org