Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival donates thousands to local disaster relief efforts

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW)  – This weekend organizers of the first Seafood Festival announced that $5,000 from event proceeds would be donated to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund, whose funds will aide in local disaster relief efforts in Horry and Georgetown Counties.

In addition, a donation of $1,500 from event proceeds will be given to the Horry County Special Olympics of South Carolina, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Dozens of cases of water and hundreds of canned foods and toiletries were collected at the festival from event attendees, and festival organizers donated all to the Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach located on Joe White Avenue.

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and City of Myrtle Beach hosted the inaugural Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. between 8th and 9th Avenues North in Myrtle Beach at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place.

Festival organizers estimate attendance between 6,000 and 7,000 for the first year festival. Admission was free and featured live entertainment, a Kidz Zone, arts & craft and business exhibitors and a corn hole tournament. Over 30 vendors participated in the event.