Sea Island Rotary Charity Shrimp Race Set for Saturday, October 1, 2016
Beaufort, SC (September 1, 2016) – Highly trained and motivated rubber shrimp will mount their inner tubes and take to the water on October 1, 2016 as the Sea Island Rotary Club presents the 8th Annual Charity Shrimp Race held along the sea wall at Henry Chambers Waterfront Park, during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival.
“The Shrimp Race is a fun event for the Club to present and for the spectators to watch”, says Paul Moore, Rotary Club President. More importantly, the proceeds from the event go to support the Smile Mobile; our mobile dental clinic that will help the under-served population of Beaufort and Jasper County. The proceeds from last year’s race are helping to purchase equipment needed for the clinic, while proceeds from this year will allow us to begin operating the clinic. The goal of the Smile Mobile is to relieve the pain and suffering associated with ongoing dental problems; problems that can keep adults out of work, or children out of school.”
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 first 10 shrimp to cross the finish line share $5,000 in cash prizes AND the first 100 have a chance to win an additional ‘Grand Prize’. If any of the first 100 finishing shrimp matches the “lucky number,” the adopter of that shrimp wins their choice of a car or boat worth $39,000! The 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 and from any Sea Island Rotary member.
Contact: Mike Bostwick 843.522.9622 or email: mailto:email@example.com
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 visit: RotaryShrimpRace.com
The speaker at the Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 Sea Island Rotary Club meeting will be Karin Skipper, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The meeting takes place at the Quality Inn (2001 Boundary St, Beaufort) at 12 noon. Skipper is the Watershed Manager for the Savannah and Salkehatchie Watershed, which includes the waters in Beaufort County. She will address the quality of the waters in Beaufort County and some of the issues challenging those waters such as storm water discharges, shellfish closures, etc.
Time, date & place: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 12 pm at the Quality Inn located at 2001 Boundary Street in Beaufort.
The month identifies and celebrates the notion that world understanding crosses all political, religious, and geographical boundaries. Rotarians have spread this message around the world through acts of kindness, compassion, fellowship, and “Service Above Self”.
We will have another SI Rotary crew, joined by some of our Interact club members from Battery Creek High School, to do our quarterly litter pick-up on Feb 20th, 2016.
Earlier this year the 2015 Annual Shrimp Festival held in October, had to be canceled because of dangerous weather including our SI Rotary Charity Shrimp Race
This past weekend Main Street Beaufort brought most of it back, ‘Christmas Holiday Style’. The Holiday Shrimp festival featured eight restaurants competing for the best shrimp dishes and vying for the Silver Cup, the Christmas Lights boat parade on the Beaufort River, the USMC band, and of the course beer and wine tents.
Sea Island Rotary had a booth set up to promote our Adventure Biathlon coming this March and the Charity Shrimp race coming next October. Here are some pictures:
The Traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade was held Sunday, Dec. 6 to a very large crowd and a record 118 entries. The parade went through the streets of Beaufort and featured Floats, Bands, groups of walkers from various organizations, Santa Claus and Sea Island Rotary’s entry of Woody’s 53 Chev pick up trailing a kayak of mine. We were promoting our Charity Shrimp race with crowd pleaser Rion Salley as Jumbo the Shrimp. Paul Moore, and Ed Wise and Gary Markham gave away candy and brochures for the Adventure Biathlon. Michael Fleischbein took pictures and rode in the truck with SIRC President Chuck Ingle.
Each March Sea Island Rotary hosts an awesome Adventure Biathlon Race at Hunting Island State Park, SC. The race includes a 6 mile paddle, which begins in the park’s lagoon and goes out to Fripp Inlet and then back to the lagoon where the paddlers transition into a 4.3 mile trail run through the pristine natural forest of Hunting Island. Some athletes complete the course in Teams, where one paddles and the other runs – which we call a Relay Team. Or even both paddle in a tandem kayak and then both run and then must finish together – which we call a Tandem Team. Recently we joined the bandwagon and added an SUP (stand up paddleboard) categories to the event.
This race has grown substantially over the past 10 years into one of the Southeasts premiere Adventure Kayak/Run Biathlons. Athletes travel from other countries just to participate in this local favorite event. We average about 180 athletes who compete in 57 award categories for great prizes. Our fellow Rotarians In District 7770 – and beyond – are welcome to participate in the race or just come and watch.
After the race we meet at Boondocks for our Official Post Race Party where we enjoy free beer and chili, and fellowship (or bragging as some like to call it).
WHEN: March 7, 2015
WHERE: Hunting Island State Park
EVENT STARTS: 11:00 a.m.
COST: $45 Solo & $65 Teams
RACE HQ: Higher Ground Outfitters
Sea Island Rotary of Beaufort, South Carolina, participated in the annual town’s Christmas parade. Our float entry was called “Light Up Rotary” after Rotary Pres Gary C.K. Huang’s presidential theme for 2014-15. We promoted our two fundraisers, “The Charity Shrimp Race” by having Jumbo the Shrimp (Stephanie Green) ride in Kathy Bundy’s white mustang convertible; and our “Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon” with a kayak being pulled behind Woody Oakley’s ‘53 Chev pickup. Several other members of our club passed out candy to the Christmas onlookers along the parade route. It was wonderful to watch the children’s faces light up as they received the candy, followed in almost every case by a sincere “thank you.”