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7th Annual FollyPalooza Cancer Benefit
Saturday, October 18 - 10AM-5PM
Folly Beach, SC – Entering into its seventh year, Follypalooza, an annual cancer benefit and street festival on Folly Beach, is once again recruiting the support of the greater Charleston community on October 18 to raise money for locals facing medical hardships.
In the last six years, the non-profit organization has been successful in raising over $35,000 for local cancer patients through its family-friendly carnival-themed event on Center Street. To date, the funds raised have helped more than 20 individuals alleviate financial stress caused by impeding medical bills. Two of these recipients, Mechelle Neunsinger and Nathan Calhoun, are now cancer survivors, thanks to the help of the community and the funds raised by Follypalooza.
All recipients of funds raised at the event are screened by the Folly Angels, another Folly Beach non-profit that dedicates time to helping people in the community. The Folly Angels are a long-standing philanthropic-oriented group who have been great partners in identifying and verifying cancer patients in need, and also keeping recipients anonymous, if they so choose.
Follypalooza raises money through the sale of various sponsorships, a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, carnival games, kids activities and t-shirts. This year’s event will feature all of the above, plus local food and art vendors, live music and more. The City of Folly Beach has approved the closure of Center Street between Ashley and Hudson Avenues as well as the relaxation of open container laws within designated areas allowing for a carefree and fun day for all.
This year’s live music will feature all local Charleston bands including Travelin’ Kine, Jamisun, Hick Child Soup, Calhoun’s Calling (led by cancer survivor, Nathan Calhoun), Don’t Mess with the Tiger, Sweet T & Chuckwagon and more TBA.
Follypalooza was started in 2008 by DJ Rich of Planet Follywood and managers of the former Conch restaurant when a local restaurant owner and musician (Calhoun) were diagnosed with cancer and undergoing expensive and intensive treatment. In its first year, the event raised $3,000 for the two individuals and also brought light to the immense range of cancer patients who needed help. It was decided that Follypalooza would become an annual event, raising money for local cancer patients in need.
This year’s festival is on October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Center Street. Entrance to the event is free, tickets for games and activities can be purchased on Center Street throughout the day. The Follypalooza committee is currently collecting donations for the silent auction and 50/50 drawing, two of the event’s biggest revenue generators.
Businesses or individuals interested in participating and/or supporting this event via sponsorships, silent auction donations, volunteering, or monetary donations can contact festival co-coordinators Kelly Russ at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-323-5607, and Ben Bounds at email@example.com or 843-408-6439.
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