Floating reggae festival proceeds to help children in need

6th Annual Reggaetronic Music Festival raises money for Shriners Hospitals

(WIS) - The 6th annual Reggaetronic Music Festival returns to Lake Murray showcasing national, regional and homegrown artists while never touching land.

The floating stage right off of Spence's Island was about three miles from the Lake Murray dam. Here, music artists from across the country came out to perform.

Six bands played in Saturday's event and the only way to see the performance was by boat.

"It's a very unique event where we take 200 thousand pounds of barges and we build a floating production structure," Event coordinator Ron Cohen said.

Roughly ten thousand people came out to the lake from all over the country.

"There's nothing like it, there's no other atmosphere," attendee Ryan Smallwood said. 

It goes beyond a floating reggae concert.

"Over the past 6 years we've given over $10,000 to non-profits in South Carolina, which is amazing and it's really awesome to see the folks that it benefits," Cohen said.

The money raised this year will benefit children in need. Shriners Hospitals is the beneficiary of this year's Reggaetronic festival.

"My legs were growing crooked so they had to put steel plates in both my knees," Shriners Hospitals patient Mikayla Ray said. "If they wouldn't have done what they did, I wouldn't have been able to walk like everybody else."

The network of 22 non-profit medical facilities full of volunteers works to give kids better lives.

"No child is ever turned away for their inability to pay and that's our philanthropy," Michael Ray, Director of personal aids for Shriners said.

The event coordinator of Reggaetronic expects over $3,000 to be donated to Shriners hospital for children.

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