CON­CERT AIDS FLOOD VIC­TIMS

The Sun News - - Front Page - BY TYLER FLEM­ING tflem­[email protected]­sun­news.com

A coun­try mu­sic con­cert last month in Myr­tle Beach raised more than $100,000 for vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Florence.

As Myr­tle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune handed checks for $64,162 to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from The Amer­i­can Red Cross and Wac­ca­maw Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, hun­dreds in the county still are fig­ur­ing out how to re­cover from the dev­as­tat­ing flood that oc­curred nearly three months ear­lier.

The pro­ceeds came from Novem­ber’s Hur­ri­cane Florence Ben­e­fit Con­cert, which brought sev­eral coun­try mu­sic stars to Myr­tle Beach to raise money for peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from the flood.

“We rise by lift­ing oth­ers up, and that was the whole pur­pose of the Hur­ri­cane Florence Ben­e­fit Con­cert,” Bethune said.

The con­cert was held Nov. 11 at the Myr­tle Beach Pel­i­can’s sta­dium. Artists like Dar­ius Rucker, Michael Ray and oth­ers per­formed for a crowd of more than 3,000 peo­ple.

In to­tal the con­cert raised $128,324, with 100 per­cent of pro­ceeds split be­tween the Red Cross and Wac­ca­maw Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Bethune said these char­i­ties were picked based on their work in Horry County and the trust peo­ple have in them.

“We wanted peo­ple to have that as­sur­ance that the money would be well used,” the mayor said.

Amy Brauner, the di­rec­tor of the eastern South Carolina chap­ter of the Red Cross, said the money would go to help­ing flood vic­tims re­build and re­cover from the storm.

“It’s go­ing to go to all of those af­fected fam­i­lies from Hur­ri­cane Florence, the flood­ing and all of the dis­as­ter in­clud­ing fires that we han­dled dur­ing that time frame,” she said.

Im­me­di­ately after the storm, the Red Cross helped peo­ple sur­vive with shel­ters and foods. Now, they’re look­ing at con­nect­ing fam­i­lies with longer-term help.

Brauner en­cour­aged peo­ple to stay in­volved and find ways to help flood vic­tims this hol­i­day sea­son. She said peo­ple can con­tinue to do­nate to the lo­cal Red Cross through its web­site and to con­sider giv­ing blood.

“We please ask peo­ple to give some blood,” she said. “It can help save up to three lives.”

JOSH BELL [email protected]­sun­news.com

Myr­tle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune, sec­ond from right, presents money raised for Hur­ri­cane Florence re­lief to the Eastern S.C. Amer­i­can Red Cross and Wac­ca­maw Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion on Wed­nes­day.

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