Suwanee festival to raise money for Relay For Life

SUWANEE — Once again this year, the city of Suwanee and Town Center merchants are putting together good meals, good deals and good times to entice folks to come out for the monthly Toast@Town Center street festival.

Toast@Town Center is a regular event through which merchants offer special deals, entertainment and in-store events from 6 to 10 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month, April through October.

During the event, Town Center Avenue is closed and a street-festival atmosphere is created. Patrons may purchase drinks at Town Center restaurants — coffee, sodas, beer and wine — and take them from shop to shop and within the park.

The first Toast@Town Center event of 2011 will be held on Thursday. The April event has a Paint the Town Purple theme, and 10 percent of each participating Town Center merchant’s proceeds from the evening will be donated to support the city of Suwanee team taking part in the Gwinnett County Relay For Life on May 6.

“We’re bringing renewed energy to this monthly event,” Suwanee’s Downtown and Business Development Manager Alison Starnes said. “We’re so excited for folks to come out and enjoy the live music and the street-festival atmosphere.

“And the merchants have really gotten into the Paint the Town Purple theme in a fun way. For example, one restaurant may serve up sandwiches on purple bread and a hair salon is putting on a streaking event — hair streaking, that is.”

In addition, the Gwinnett Chamber’s Young Professionals organization, hYPe, will host its monthly Thursday Schmoozeday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom as part of April’s Toast@Town Center. The hYPe gathering is open to all young professionals ages 21 to 39 seeking networking opportunities.