Highly trained and motivated rubber shrimp will mount their inner tubes and take to the water on October 5, 2013 as the Sea Island Rotary Club presents the 4th Annual Charity Shrimp Race at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.
“The principal goal of this event is to raise money for our local charities,” says Rion Salley, Club President. “Our signature charities include: CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity, and various Rotary service projects.” “The Charity Shrimp Race is the World’s largest Shrimp Race and the primary annual fundraiser for the Sea Island Rotary Club. For the past several years we have been able to donate more than $50,000 annually toward charity,” says Salley. “This is a wonderful way to help charity and maybe win something in return.”
The race is fun to watch for kids and adults. It is held along the sea wall at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.
The race begins around 3 p.m. when 5,000 rubber shrimp wearing inner tubes are released from the nets of an authentic shrimp trawler into the Beaufort River. The shrimp float along in tidal current to the finish line. Each shrimp wears a unique number corresponding to one of the numbers on a purchased adoption ticket.
The shrimp have been training all summer and are anxiously awaiting the chance at being the first across the finish line. The winning shrimp wins $2,000 for the holder of the ticket that matches the unique number on that shrimp. The second place finish wins $1,000, third place wins $750, fourth place wins $500, fifth place wins $250 and 6th through 10th places each win $100.
More exciting, if any of the first ten finishing shrimp matches the “million dollar lucky number,” the adopter of that shrimp wins $1,000,000! Yes, that is ONE MILLION DOLLARS. The million-dollar lucky number is selected at random by a third-party Insurance provider before the race.
Adoption tickets are on sale now and are available online at www.RotaryShrimpRace.com or at local businesses such as Beaufort Chiropractic, BJHCHS Port Royal Medical Center, CBC National Bank, Bundy Appraisal & Management, CAPA’s Closet, Island Podiatry, Lowcountry Habitat ReStore, Harvey’s Barber Shop, Levin, Gilley & Fisher law firm, Palmetto State Bank, Regions Bank, Sanctuary Golf Club, Therapeutic Solutions, Wardle Family YMCA, Wells Fargo Bank, and of course from any Sea Island Rotary member.
Sea Island Rotary Club is a part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of 1.2 million members dedicated to improving education, health and living conditions worldwide. The Rotary motto is “Service above Self.”
Annually for the last 10 years the three Rotary Clubs in the Beaufort area ( Beaufort Rotary, Sea Island Rotary, and Low Country Rotary ) have financially sponsored a young ophthalmologist from a developing world country to visit Beaufort and attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology which this year was held in Chicago. Special thanks this year to Alicia Taylor, president of Beaufort Rotary and Dick Bowen, president Low Country Rotary. This national Rotary program has young ophthalmologists visiting local Rotary clubs all over America.
All of these young ophthalmologists are leaders in their respective countries to reduce the amount of avoidable / preventable / neglected blindness. Ninety percent of all blindness ( 40 million ) are in developing countries. Over 20 million persons are bilaterally blind due to dense mature cataracts. Many of these patients will die blind for want of a cataract operation.