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Kemopalooza raises more than $140,000 for Camp Kemo programs

The venue was new, but the cause was the same, and the results were better than ever.

Columbia’s City Roots played host to Kemopalooza 2017 March 10, and the event raised more than $140,000, including in-kind donations, for Camp KEMO Programs of Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital!

More than 750 people attended the event, which included food by Blue Marlin Signature Catering, craft beer and music by 20 Ride and by The Hobart Trotter Project.Guests also browsed and placed bids in silent and live auctions featuring signed guitars, experience packages, jewelry and sports memorabilia, including a National Championship football signed by Dabo Swinney and signed rookie cards from University of South Carolina great Marcus Lattimore.

“Those are pretty rare, because they were his rookie ones and only a limited set came out,” said, Vernon Smith, Lattimore’s stepfather, who brought the Gamecock’s donations to the auction. The winner of the bidding on the cards also received a spot at one of Lattimore’s football camps.

The auction also included works of art created by kids who have spent time at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Camp KEMO Programs are designed to educate, inspire and support the entire family so that life is more manageable and enjoyable. Treating these diseases in children requires a careful balance of services to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of the entire family.

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