Festival funds benefit many

The money you spend on microbrews at a Greenwood summer festival pays for programs that give Christmas presents and coats to children in need.

Four years ago, WAMMFest, an art and music festival, raised about $20,000 in proceeds. All of that money went to local nonprofits and organizations in small donations, mostly between $500 and $1,000.

This year, the Sertoma Club of Greenwood made about $81,000 at the festival, after paying for the festival’s expenses, and is giving $30,000 to the city parks department for projects, including building a gazebo and amphitheater.

The rest of the money will go to local nonprofit groups and other organizations, such as the United Way Christmas Angels program, that help needy families and residents.

“It gives us the opportunity to touch more people and organizations. We give away everything that we make,” WAMMFest steering committee member Joyce Nies said.

The goal is to donate all of the money made at the 2013 WAMMFest, Sertoma sponsorship committee member Denny Rusher said. But this year, the club had about $15,000 left from the 2011 festival, and Rusher said they will most likely have money left again next August.

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