EdVenture Children’s Museum was taken over mostly by adults on the night of March 11, but the focus of the event remained on the kids.
“We’re here to help kids, but it’s also a great party,” James Alexander said during a short break from the dance floor. The Root Doctors got the crowd going on the museum’s terrace overlooking the Congaree River with original songs and James Brown covers.
The music was followed by the ring game. Kids who have attended Camp Kemo, a summer getaway for children with cancer or blood disorders, circulated through the crowd selling blinking toy rings and bracelets for $10 donations to the cause. Those who purchased them had a chance to win a diamond ring from John Hardy jewelry company or a Yeti cooler filled with adult beverages.
Blue Marlin catered food for the event, and Fireforge served up craft beer for the guests as they circulated through a silent auction. A live auction followed the ring game, with the kids on stage encouraging bidders. A guitar signed by the members of country group Lady Antebellum sold for $3,000, and a Disney vacation for $2,100. A quilt made of Camp Kemo T-shirts and a guitar signed by John Mellencamp were also big hits at the auction.
Camp Kemo is funded entirely by community donations, and serves more than 1,000 children each year. Complete medical care is provided at the campground. Fundraisers like Kemopalooza allow all the children to attend free of charge and bring a sibling.
The guests at Kemopalooza combined to raise more than $120,000.