May 022013

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.”

For more information go to www.RotaryShrimpRace.com or www.seaislandrotary.org

Silent Auction Nets $16,659.00 for CART

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May 232012

The Sumter Rotary Clubs March Silent Auction was a huge success. Donated gifts by local merchants had a big appeal for the Sumter Rotarians and their spouses at a dinner/ social at Sunset Country Club. These proceeds enabled the C.A.R.T.Sumter Club, where the CART Fund originated to top $300,000.00 in contributions. By the end of the Rotary year the club expects to have contributed $310,000.00.00 to CART since October 1995. Sumter Rotary Club takes pride in this accomplishment as while achieving this significant goal, the club is a 100% Paul Harris Club.

2012 Grants: Grants have been awarded to Dr. Maya Koronyo of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles and Dr. Valerie Duggett of the University Washington Medical Center. These two ladies, the first women to receive a CART grant, won out over 81 outstanding applicants. Both of them will attend the annual CART Board meeting to be held in Columbia on May 23. It was quite apparent that when our three world renowned scientists recommended these two applicants, they were very excited about this research and its potential to aid in finding a prevention/cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. This makes 20 grants made by The CART Fund and total dollars in excess of $3,850,000.00.

A 2011 CART Grant to Dr. Gary Landreth and his colleagues at Case Western Reserve University is receiving exciting attention from the national media as it has great promise. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post headlined it to paraphrase: Cancer Drug Offers Cure to Alzheimer’s Disease. It also was featured on national nightly news including NBC. Your CART Committee will bring more updates on this exciting research when during updates at your respective clubs. Dr. Allan Levey, head of A D research at Emory and guest speaker at our District 7770 Conference, used this research as an example of CART Making A Difference. Dr. Landreth is the first scientist to receive two CART grants.

Business Partner of the Year Award

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May 232012

Business Partner of the Year AwardSchool District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties held the annual Community Involvement Celebration April 25,  2012. More than 200 volunteers, mentors and business partners were recognized for their contributions and service to the school district.

The Rotary Club of Lake Murray-Irmo, nominated by Nursery Road Elementary School, was the winner of the 2011-12 Business Partner of the Year award. Each school in the district submitted nominations in four categories – Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Group of the Year, Mentor of the Year and Business Partner of the Year. A winner in each category was selected from elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.

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