Georgetown fire relief efforts: $64,000 more in aid distributed
The Front Street Fire Relief Fund at First Citizens Bank in Georgetown has collected more than $130,000, which is being administered and disbursed by a Distribution Com- mittee consisting of three representa- tives from the Chamber of Commerce, three from the Georgetown Business Association, two from Georgetown County Government, two from the City of Georgetown, and the Executive Director of the United Way.
Prior to yesterday's meeting the group had distributed over $60,000, with an additional $64,000 in disburse- ments approved on Monday. Total dis- tributed will be more than $127,000 by the end of the week.
Newly allocated is $35,000 to aid the impacted business owners and assist them as many look to reopen their businesses along Front Street. To date, the owners of Zest, Doodlebugs, Colo- nial Florist, Harborwalk Books, Board- walk Boutique, and Goudelock & Co. have made significant progress in
locating new property and reopening. The owners of Zest were able to reopen, at least partially, prior to the Wooden Boast show. The others are working feverishly to reopen in early November. Helping the businesses in their efforts to reopen continues to be a
major focus for all involved. Also, this week the fund has supplied
$18,200 to assist the residents with their immediate needs including cloth- ing, initial deposits for dwellings, furni- ture, etc.
More than $10,000 is also being dis- bursed to employees who worked at the various businesses.
The Distribution Committee will continue to meet at least weekly to dis- tribute newly deposited funds and address specific needs of those impact- ed.
The Chamber and the Georgetown Business Association are also working with the all of the other businesses along Front Street and throughout the Georgetown Historic District to gener-
ate additional shopping and dining traffic in Georgetown during the upcoming holiday season, which is so critical for so many small businesses.
A broad group of businesses met with representatives of the GBA and the Chamber on Oct. 15 to brainstorm ideas for the upcoming season.
The group agreed on a slate of events to occur over the holiday season. Flyers are posted along Front Street encour- aging visitors to “Shop Front Street First” and “Celebrate the Holidays in Downtown Georgetown.”
Donations to the Front Street Fire Relief Fund can be made by visiting any branch of First Citizens Bank. You can also mail donations to: Front Street Fire Relief Fund, C/O First Citizens Bank, 726 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440, or visit www.Georgetown- FireRelief.com for online donations and future fundraising events.
— From Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce
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