Oct 27 2015

8th Annual Follypalooza Cancer Benefit

The 8th Annual Follypalooza Cancer Benefit was held on Center Street on Folly Beach on Saturday, October 24th from 11-5pm. Thousands of people flooded the streets in support of the event, and fun was had by all. Over 50 vendors lined up the streets with hand-crafted art, photography, specialty food items and more. Tickets were sold for a 50/50 draw as well as for children’s activities such as jump castles, rides and face painting. Exuberant kids and adults enjoyed Riding the Bull, and you could hear giggling as you wandered through the hundred and fifty or so tents along the closed off area.

The event is held annually to support locals who have endured cancer, and festival goers may enter for free. Arm bands for 21-and-over were sold for $1 apiece with funds going directly to the cancer fund. Silent auctions included donated items from many local businesses and raised thousands of dollars for charity. This year, a local art competition garnered a huge amount of support at the Community Center. After the event was over, an official After-party and Date Auction was held at Chico Feo. The success of the event reached far and wide, and an estimated $30,000 was raised for charity.

Attendees were greeted with live music on two stages that rotated throughout the day. Bands included Deadwin, a Folly Beach rock and roll band with Bob Dylan influences; Noelle Brown & The Troublemakers; The Outervention; Jazz on the Edge Allstars (who reminded us to catch the upcoming Jazz Festival in November); Champagne with Friends; and Wire Wood. Thomas Champagne, of Champagne with Friends, also handled sound for the day as well as performing a rockin’ set in front of the huge crowd.

If you missed this year’s event, please plan to attend in 2016. The popular family-friendly event is also dog friendly. Please remember to keep your pets on a leash. Plan to enjoy the next festival and support a good cause. Chairs and blankets are recommended, so you can find an easy place to relax and enjoy a cocktail while listening to the bands. Or, find a seat at one of the many local bars and restaurants that are open for the event.

Sponsors for this year’s event included Holy City Brewing Co., Dos Equis, Thurmond Kirchner Timbes & Yelverton Law Firm, Peter McCoy/McCoy & Stokes Attorneys at Law, Dunes Properties, Planet Follywood, and Follywood Productions.

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