Suwanee volunteers, star employee honored at council meeting

SUWANEE -- City leaders and Suwanee Events Coordinator Amy Doherty took the opportunity during Tuesday's city council meeting to honor the volunteers who made the Sept. 17 Suwanee Day event a success. Showing the audience a video of the wildly popular flash mob that included between 600 and 1,000 people, Doherty said that this year's event was the best yet.

The Royal Dance Academy coordinated and led the dancers. Doherty presented school leaders with a framed Suwanee Day poster signed by the Lovin' Spoonful, the band that entertained crowds that evening.

"There were dancers there (at Suwanee Day) ranging in age from 8 to 78," Doherty said. "It was so cool."

Another sponsor recognized for its participation and financial donation Tuesday was 12Stone Church. This year's event was the first in which the large Gwinnett church participated as a sponsor.

Volunteers, led by Honorary Chair Kim Towne, were also presented with a Suwanee T-shirt as a thank you for their tireless efforts in pulling off what's become known as one of the most popular Fall events in the area.

Allen named "Suwanee Star"

City manager Marty Allen was named the 2011 "Suwanee Star" Tuesday, a surprise move coordinated by city staff members, mayor Dave Williams and city council members. The Hardin Watkins Suwanee Star Award is the most prestigious award offered by the city.

Allen, who went to work for Suwanee in 1998 as city planner, stepped into Hardin Watkins' shoes as city manager when Watkins and his family moved to North Carolina. Under Allen's guidance, Suwanee has continued to earn local, regional and national recognition.

"Suwanee is on the map regionally largely because of Marty," Williams said.

"Lots of people have put forth the blood, sweat and tears that have made Suwanee great. I look forward to many more years here," said Allen.

Allen's wife, children, father and friends were on hand Tuesday to honor the occasion.