Friday, May 23, 2014
The Shag Festival sponsored by the Rotary Club of Georgetown draws hundreds of shaggers and on-lookers to historic downtown Georgetown. This year’s event was recently held on April 26 under a big tent in the 100 block of King Street. In addition to providing entertainment for those attending and an economic boost to downtown restaurants and businesses, it also provides critical funding for Alzheimer’s research.
Although some of the revenue and expense items are still outstanding, George Chastain, President of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, said he is confident that the net proceeds resulting from this year’s Festival will provide the Club “at least $25,000, part of which will be donated to the Rotary CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) fund, and the remainder used to provide financial support for scholarships and local service projects.”
“This year was our most successful event and biggest Shag Festival crowd ever. We had over 600 people in attendance,” said Paul Yarborough, chairman of the Rotary Club festival. Yarborough credited the success to the great spring weather, and the amazing support of the community, particularly Georgetown’s 3V corporation which was a Premier sponsor for the event. “Leslye Beaver (with the Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet) and the Georgetown Hospital System and were also major contributors and supporters,” said Yarborough.
Chastain said the success of the Shag Festival event over the last nine years has catapulted the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club to the number two spot in the District (comprised of 79 Rotary clubs) in terms of financial support for CART. “Since we started the Shag Festival event nine years ago, the Georgetown Lunch Rotary Club has been able to contribute more than $100,000 to CART, which, in turn, has awarded over 4 million dollars in grants to recognized research institutions. Community support has made all of this possible,” said Chastain.
The date for next year’s Rotary Shag Festival has already been set for April 25, 2015.