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Folly Beach to hold benefit for longtime resident who lost home to fire

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FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) -

Folks on Folly Beach are rallying behind a longtime resident who recently lost his home to a fire caused by a lightning strike.

Ed Howell, 80, has lived on Folly Beach since 1957. A former chairman of the city's planning commission, Howell is well known for installing the island's first two-way police radio system. But on April 29, a lightning strike caused a fire and heavy damage to his West Hudson Avenue home. Howell and his dog escaped, and have since found a contractor who thinks the home can be restored.

However, city officials say Howell, known over the years for making a number of anonymous donations to those in need, including secret mortgage payments for people in danger of losing their homes, has fallen on hard times.

They say Howell has no insurance, very little in savings, and lost almost all of his property in the fire. So, this weekend, Folly Beach Public Safety is looking to return the favor for Howell with a benefit at Folly River Park.

The fundraiser cookout is set for this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It's $10 to enjoy burgers and hot dogs on the grill while live music is provided by the Shakin' Martinis, the Folly Beach Bluegrass Society, David Owens, and "Marilyn & Stephen."

Tickets will be available for purchase at Folly Beach Public Safety.

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