Tragedy causes some to cancel events

In the wake of Wednesday evening’s national tragedy at Emanuel AME Church, organizers of several events set for this weekend have postponed them, while some are re-directing proceeds to a victim’s family fund.

Among the events postponed was the Yogapop 5: Play event on Saturday at Brittlebank Park. Planners involved instead announced a Peace Meditation at 8 a.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The new date for Yogapop 5: Play had not been decided.

Some events, such as Saturday’s Deluge water festival at Patriots Point, will still be held but will re-direct proceeds to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, established by the city of Charleston to help the victims’ relatives pay for funerals for their loved ones, counseling services and other needs as they heal from the tragedy.

The Charleston RiverDogs announced that their regularly scheduled games at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park will continue and that proceeds will go to the fund.

The Friends of the Library book sale set for Friday through Sunday at Charleston County’s Main Library on Calhoun Street has been postponed and the event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Candidates for president who had scheduled appearances in the Lowcountry also postponed events.

Republican candidate Donald J. Trump postponed a visit to Sun City in Bluffton on Friday citing the “senseless act of violence and hate.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., postponed a talk at Burke High School in Charleston on Sunday evening because of the shootings and urged supporters to make a donation to the Emanuel AME Church.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.