Georgetown boat show expected to bring in money for fire victims

By Ava

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- While fundraisers have already raised $100,000 for the victims of the Front Street fire, city officials are hoping the Wooden Boat Show brings in even more financial assistance.

Vendor tents are going up as the organizers of the Wooden Boat Show get ready for their first show after the Front Street Fire.

"They're asking how people are doing and what else they can do. I think from that stand point we're going to have more volunteers, more exhibits, and I think the general public coming out here. It's going to be a large crowd," said Johnny Weaver, a co-organizer of the Wooden Boat Show. {}

Friday will be the first time the museum will reopen to the public after the fire. It's the only building close to the fire that didn't open immediately after the devastation.

"Their museum was impacted by the fire as well so this is an opportunity for them to sort of regroup and get back together," said Brian Tucker, the President and CEO of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.

He says all the proceeds from the boat show will go towards the Maritime Museum, but there will be opportunities for people to donate to the Front Street Fire Relief fund.

"We have close to $100,000. We have distributed about $65,000 of that," said Tucker.

Tucker says they expect for another $25,000 to be distributed shortly.

"There will be at least a third or fourth round of distributions to be made," said Tucker.

To donate to the Front Street Fire relief fund, visit any First Citizens Bank in South Carolina.

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