Thursday, December 12, 2013
The amount of money collected for the Front Street Fire Relief Fund has surpassed the $200,000 mark.
That is what Al Joseph, president of the Georgetown Business Association told the Lunchtime Rotary Club during their weekly meeting Tuesday.
The fund was established at First Citizens Bank to help those directly impacted by the Sept. 25 fire that leveled eight buildings housing 10 businesses as well as residential apartments.
Joseph said of the $200,000 collected, $195,000 has been distributed.
He said the groups that have received the funds are the employees who were suddenly without a job because of the fire, the owners of the businesses who needed assistance and the residents who lived in the second floor apartments.
“I have heard so many times how much good the money has done,” Joseph said. “We have received checks from all over the country. Dozens have benefited from the incredible generosity.”
Joseph noted that five of the businesses have reopened in new locations. All but one relocated to another building on or near Front Street.
The exception is Limpin’ Janes. The owners, Tara Tracy and Brian Shepler, have moved to Beaufort and are expected to open a new restaurant, according to the Beaufort Gazette.
The Fire Relief Fund was started “while the flames were still burning,” Joseph said, He said the numerous newspaper and television news stories about the fire resulted in money “pouring in.”
He said in most every story that was written or broadcast, the fund was mentioned.
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