Block Party generates $24,500 for arts council

The Johnson-Witkemper Insurance Biggest Block Party Ever drew an estimated 1,300 people July 23 and generated $24,500 for programming for the Columbus Area Arts Council, according to organizers.

Those statistics fall short of previous years for the gathering.

Each of the past several years, the event has drawn 2,500 to 3,000 people and raised nearly $30,000 or more.

Temperatures in the low 90s for the first several hours of the 5:30 to 11 p.m. event appeared to hamper attendance at the gathering along Washington and Fourth streets. The fundraiser featured 12 bands of various musical genres on three stages along with eight food vendors.

Money from the event helps the arts council with such presentations as First Fridays For Families children’s entertainment, JCB NeighborFEST street concerts and other programming.