Folly Beach fights cancer in annual Follypalooza fundraiser

Triplets Luke, Jennings and Lainey Foxhall, 2, of Folly Beach, enjoy a tow on Folly Beach.

About 2,000 people flocked to Folly Beach’s Center Street on Saturday to enjoy carnival games, jump castles, live bands, food stands and a dunk tank in the city’s annual Follypalooza cancer benefit and street festival.

The event’s co-founder Donald “D.J.” Rich said the fundraiser is the community’s way of taking care of its own by providing financial assistance for local residents who are battling the disease.

“We just try to help them as best we can,” Rich said.

In its six years, Follypalooza has raised more than $20,000 for the cause.

The event’s assistant director Ben Bounds said this year’s festival will likely raise between $6,000 and $7,000. That money will be dispersed among two to four families, he said.

Some of the money was raised through a silent auction as attendees bid on packages from Brightsound Entertainment, Palmetto Brewery, Rita’s Seaside Grill, Dunes West and other donors.

Tiffany Sams, 37, stopped by the festival while visiting family on Folly Beach.

“It’s just a fun time and a great opportunity for families to spend some time together,” Sams said. “We have family and friends who have struggled with cancer. Knowing that this is helping raise money to fight it makes me even happier to be here.”

Bounds said the event owes its success to the entire city of Folly Beach.

“Everybody pitches in, and I can tell you from previous experience with other municipalities, that’s rare. So, much thanks to everyone in the city of Folly Beach who helped us out with Follypalooza.

“This event is special to the Follypalooza Committee (Rich, Kelly Floyd Russ and Bounds). Just about everyone here has been affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly, so I can tell you that we absolutely put our whole hearts into this specific event,” Bounds said.

The event was sponsored by Follywood Productions, Planet Follywood, Woody’s Pizza and the Folly Beach Arts and Crafts Guild.

Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.

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