If you like music, food, and fun, then Follypalooza will be the place for you this Saturday October 12, 2013, as Center Street gets blocked off and the crowds gather to party and raise money for local cancer victims.
This year’s live music will feature all local Charleston bands including Sun Dried Vibes, Calhoun’s Calling (led by cancer survivor, Nathan Calhoun), BYOG, and Don’t Mess with the Tiger.
For the kids there will be, Jump Castles, Bungee Joust, T-Ball, Frog Jump, Folly Field Goal, Football Toss, Toilet Paper Toss, Treasure Dig, Duck Pond, Ballon Bust, Plinko, Bean Bag Toss, Spin the Wheel, Soda Ring Toss, Dunk Tank, face painting & other great carnival games.
Entering into its sixth year, Follypalooza, an annual street festival on Folly Beach, is once again recruiting the support of the greater Charleston community on October 12 to raise money for locals inflicted with cancer.
“Follypalooza has been a very rewarding event for not only the individuals that it helps in a real time of need, but also to the organizers and Folly Beach community who have made it successful so far. The event gets bigger every year and we want to see that growth continue this year – the more people that come to the event, the more people we can help,” says DJ Rich, President of Follypalooza and Co-Owner of Planet Follywood. “Our record so far was $8,000 last year. We have been able to help many people with the money raised. This year, we are going bigger and better in order to attract more folks from all over to help us raise more money than we ever have before.”
In the last five years, the non-profit organization has been successful in raising almost $27,000 for local cancer patients through its carnival-themed event on Center Street. To date, the funds raised have helped 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 and t-shirts, a silent auction, as well as a variety of carnival games and activities. As one of the most family-friendly events on Folly Beach, this year’s event will feature local food and art vendors, live music, jump castle, bungee jousting, and many carnival-themed games. 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.
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 almost $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.
“They needed our help, and we came up with Follypalooza as a way to bring awareness to the issue, as well as help them monetarily through this rough time,” said Rich. “It continues to be a beacon of light for people in their darkest hour.”
This year’s festival is on October 12 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. Some of the featured games and activities this year include jump castles, a dunking booth, bungee joust, Folly field goal and football toss, a duck pond, face-painting and more. The Follypalooza committee is also collecting donations for the silent auction, one 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 the organization’s Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-323-5607 .
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