AYP rolls out 5th Friday event

What do April 29, July 29, September 30, and December 30 have in common this year? 


They all fall on the fifth Friday of the month, an occurrence that happens four times a year, and the Aiken Young Professionals (AYP) are ready to start celebrating the phenomenon.


The inaugural 5th Friday . . . Your Friends, Your Family, Your City! will launch July 29, and everyone is invited to attend the free event.


"We are bringing another cool factor to downtown Aiken, and it's going to be a blast!" said one AYP member.


Music, art, entertainment, and food will be on tap in The Alley with several fun, kid friendly, features: 

  • Games 
  • Inflatables
  • Clowns
  • Balloon Artist
  • Dunking Booth
  • Sidewalk Art 

Local band Anybody's Guess will showcase their diverse talent with a wide selection of oldies, beach music, and rock; and restaurants will offer food and drink specials.


 "Our goal is to promote the economy while fostering family oriented values and providing social and networking opportunities for our young professionals.  The time period from 6 - 8 PM will be more family and kid focused, and from 8 - 10 PM, it will be focused on young professionals," said the  5th Friday Committee chair.


The July 29 event is just the beginning of what the Aiken Young Professionals hope will become a quarterly community service event.


Several downtown businesses are sponsoring the event.  They include:

  • Aiken Brewing Company
  • Davor's Café
  • Hotel Aiken
  • Takosushi
  • The Griffin
  • Up Your Alley
  • West Side Bowery

The 5th Friday happening is a community service event that supports AYP's strategic plan. The plan features five bold steps with a vision that focuses on three areas - networking, community service, and educational events designed to nurture future leaders of the greater Aiken area.


Visit www.aiken-yp.com/5thfriday for more information.

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