Thu, 2013/02/14

Famously Hot New Year Brings Millions to Downtown Columbia

After gaining national attention in its first year, Famously Hot New Year (FHNY) exceeded expectations again in 2013 bringing an estimated 25,000 people from 29 states and four countries downtown and generating more than $1.2 million for local businesses throughout Metro Columbia.

In just two years, this has become one of the top New Year’s celebrations in the Southeast and the positive impact that has on our economy, our culture and our city as a whole is immeasurable.

Featuring a free concert from top talent including the Grammy Award-winning band The Wallflowers, R&B chart-toppers Atlantic Starr, and hip-hop legend DJ Biz Markie as well as local standouts Terence Young and The Reggie Sullivan Band, fireworks, champagne, a midnight countdown and more, this year’s celebration grew in size and scope expanding to a six block area in front of the South Carolina Statehouse to accommodate attendees from as far away as China, the United Kingdom, and Bogota, Colombia.

In order to support this expanded vision while keeping attendance free of cost, FHNY organizers raised $202,500 in private donations this year more than doubling the $92,500 raised in 2012.

In fact, these sponsorships combined with ticket and refreshment sales covered more than 81% of this year’s operating cost and allowing FHNY to close its books this year nearly $2,100 in the black...

Read the full story on the organization's website.

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