'Myrtle Manor' raises $2,000 for Hope House, Find Heather Elvis - WRBL

'Myrtle Manor' raises $2,000 for Hope House and Find Heather Elvis

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -

The packed second-season premiere party for the TLC show "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" raised less than $50 for the efforts to find Myrtle Beach woman Heather Elvis, who vanished more than a month ago.

However, in less than a month, folks associated with Myrtle Manor have managed to raise $2,000 for a pair of charitable causes.

Cecil Patrick, of Patrick's Mobile Home Park, where the reality show is based, said that Myrtle Manor folks were giving $1,000 to Hope House and $1,000 to efforts to Find Heather Elvis.

"After your story we received much more," Patrick wrote to WBTW-TV on Tuesday afternoon.

"Thanks... we could not have done it without the support your station gave. Many Thanks."

Back in mid-January,  hundreds showed up to the premiere event that  included a red-carpet and a "watch party" for the reality show based in a mobile home park in Myrtle Beach.

 The premiere party was pitched also as a fundraiser for "Find Heather Elvis," who has been missing since Dec. 18, and Hope House, a charity that helps homeless high school students.

  The reward for info leading to finding Heather Elvis is currently at $30,000, with her father, Terry, having donated $15,000 to the total.

The 2-hour Myrtle Manor event at the Boat House raised $90 total, which will be split between the two groups, leaving $45 for each group.

"Of course, we had hoped to raise more... initially planning to charge $5 to attend...or $5 for autographs...but … we decided that might limit the attendance," said Mark Krom, who was designated by TLC to speak about the event.

The event planners had thought they could solicit more donations during the autograph session and by auctioning off a signed T-shirt and photo board, but the crowd made it difficult, Krom said.

Heather Elvis, age 20, was last seen at about 2 a.m., on Dec. 18 when she returned home from a date.

Her locked car was found late the next day and searches began immediately at the Peachtree Landing along the Waccamaw River.

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