Celebrate Service Music Festival in Suwanee has dual purpose on Saturday


• What: Celebrate Service Music Festival

• When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee

• For more information: Visit www.amigosforchri...

SUWANEE -- On Saturday, Amigos for Christ, a local charity based out of Buford, presents the Celebrate Service Music Festival at Suwanee Town Center Park from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After 13 years of serving and aiding the poor, Amigos for Christ continues to honor and promote volunteerism in the community.

The event will be raising money and creating awareness for a two-fold purpose: First, for the need for clean water in Chinendaga, Nicaragua, and second, for the eradication of hunger in local Gwinnett communities.

Suzanne Holtkamp, an owner of Holtkamp Heating and Air, has united with Amigos for Christ to promote her company's mission to raise 10 tons of food in 12 months. The festival asks visitors to bring non-perishable food items to donate for this Gwinnett CAN Challenge.

"At first it seems these two purposes are not related, but they are actually very related," Holtkamp said. "Amigos for Christ received such support here in Gwinnett that they wanted to give back this year. The way they want to give back is by helping to fill the local food banks."

The Celebrate Service Music Festival will include a fun-filled day of music, kids' games, food and eight organized events. A 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. with a $20 registration required. There will also be a 30-mile bike ride, a soccer-shootout, a corn-hole tournament, a dessert bake-off and an ultimate Frisbee tournament. Throughout the day five speakers and 11 bands, including headliner Atlanta Rhythm Section, will provide entertainment.

"All the money raised from these events goes toward laying 25 miles of water-drinking pipe in Nicaragua," Holtkamp said.

LongHorn Steakhouse, Chick-fil-A, Shane's Rib Shack and many other vendors will be dishing out great culinary meals and treats. Near the water fountain area kids' inflatable paradise will await.

John Bland, Director of Amigos for Christ, stated online, "We're expecting thousands of people in the park on Saturday. The resulting effect for both Gwinnett and Nicaragua will be huge. And it doesn't hurt that we can jam out too!"

Atlanta Rhythm Section will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. It is recommended for attendees to claim their free seats to the concert early.