Oyster roast to unite community through service

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - It's an oyster roast with more than just food in mind.

For more than 50 years the Folly Beach Exchange Club has been working to unite their community through service.

"We have 38 members. Our overall goal is to make our communities better places to live," said Margie Miller, a member of the Folly Beach Exchange Club.

The rain Sunday afternoon didn't stop the crowds from heading out to Bowen's Island Restaurant, raising money to help children.

"What we call our programs of service, our community service, our youth programs, Americanism and of course the prevention of child abuse. We give to organizations that make it their profession to prevent child abuse," said Miller.

The oyster roast is the club's main money maker but there were also plenty of prizes to go around in the silent auction.

Miller said, "All the items were donated by people and merchants of the city."

That wasn't all that was donated. All of the bands performed for free.

"It's really important that the community stays involved with helping people the best they can. We've been participating in benefits on Folly Beach for the last 12 years," said Jamie McDonell, bass player of the Folly Beach Bluegrass Society.

McDonell says giving back is what makes their community stronger.

"It's very important that our community is focused on each other," said McDonell.

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