Wayne Main Street recently announced the date for Toast Wayne, the organization’s annual fundraiser. Toast Wayne, formerly Jazz on the Avenue, will take place on Thursday , October 4, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the iconic Standard Federal building (35150 W. Michigan Avenue) in downtown Wayne. The event will feature live music, a curated silent auction, strolling appetizers from local restaurants, along with complimentary bar service. Tickets to Toast Wayne are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and can be purchased at downtownwayne.org/toastwayne.
What’s In a Name?
In preparation for this year’s event, organizers discussed updating the name of Main Street’s annual event to reflect the event’s focus on featuring various local elements. Ultimately, the committee decided to rename the event Toast Wayne. Lori Morrow, Toast Wayne Committee Co-Chair comments, “this event is really about showcasing all that Wayne has to offer, so we wanted the name of the event to celebrate our amazing community.”
Celebrating the Best of Wayne
Toast Wayne is a strolling event that features a silent auction and appetizer stations hosted by area restaurants, giving patrons the opportunity to sample delicious, local fare. This year’s restaurant line-up includes: The Avenue American Bistro, Benders, Costas Village, Dairy Queen, Karma Coffee & Kitchen, Motor City Meats, US-12 Bar & Grill, and desserts from the Wayne-Westland school district’s William D. Ford Career Technical Center.
In addition to the food selection, organizers are planning to show off Wayne’s other talents. Organizers have hired a local band, Sugar Tips, for the event. Many silent auction prizes will also be donated from local businesses. “This year we have more than 10 local restaurants participating in Toast Wayne, we have a great local band, and we are hosting the event in an amazing space. This event truly is a nod to what makes Wayne such a great community” says Kaitlynn Riley, Chair of WMS’s Organization Committee. Organizers would also like to recognize major event sponsor Beaumont Hospitals for their support for this important endeavor.
Raising Money for the Revitalization of Downtown Wayne
This event is Wayne Main Street’s signature fundraiser and enables the organization to continue its mission of building a revitalized and vibrant downtown Wayne. The organization’s efforts have resulted in more than $3 million in private investment in downtown Wayne since 2014.