BEAUFORT, SC – Days after Beaufort’s Idol came and rocked the crowd, the city is trying to figure out how to pay for it.
“Corporate sponsorships are the goal. We are also looking for personal and private donations as well,” states Chamber of Commerce President Blakely Williams. “The community really did turn out. We’ve got a lot of small business support. We are looking for a little bit more funds to offset some of those costs that we incurred.”
Mayor Billy Keyserling says what should’ve taken three months to plan, they did in three days. But it didn’t come without a heavy price. The celebration totaled to $50,000, and they’ve only raised less than half.
“We have about $30,000 to raise, and we will raise it. I expect we will raise money. We were going to take up collections on Saturday night but the rain prohibited that. But I’ve had three people today who asked where can I send a check. We need the help, because we need to close the deficit,” said Keyserling. “We had a lot of firefighters, police officer, and sheriffs who worked overtime and they need to be compensated. So it wasn’t as if the money was spent frivolously.”
The cost to build the stage, light, and security can start to add up. But the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce Director Blakely Williams say it puts the city of Beaufort and Candice on the national map.
“The rest is a great opportunity for us to showcase our community. They see it as a national commercial for 3-4 minutes that we’ll all see on Wednesday night. They did not cover the costs of the parade and concert,” stated Williams.
To help raise money towards the $30,000, the city is hosting a free Candice viewing party at the drive-in theater on Highway 21 in Beaufort on Wednesday. They’ll be asking for donations during the event.