FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Do donors get to keep their shrimp? Can donors buy their shrimp?
No and No. All adopted shrimp entered are provided by the Sea Island Rotary Club and shall remain the property of the Sea Island Rotary Club. To protect the integrity of the event, handling and possession of the shrimp will be by the Sea Island Rotary Club only. The shrimp will be reused in future shrimp races.
2. Can I choose my (lucky) number? Will I know what number is mine?
No. You cannot choose your lucky number, but Yes you will know which numbered shrimp is assigned to you before the race. The day of the race, random numbers will be assigned to the contact names listed on the eligible adoption forms. This list will be posted at the race site on the day of the event. Multiple shrimp adoptions from one form will be assigned additional random identification numbers. These assigned numbers will correspond to a label number on each of the rubber shrimp. Once again, this process is used in order to protect the integrity of the race.
3. If all Shrimp are not adopted, will the prize amounts stay the same?
The Sea Island Rotary Club is guaranteeing the posted prize amounts regardless of the number of shrimp adopted.
4. Who is the money benefiting?
Proceeds will benefit Rotary Programs to various local charities supporting children, Smile Mobile (Community based dental outreach program benefiting the under served), also to Polio Plus (Rotary International’s effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio in the world), and international water projects. Please visit our website for a detailed description of all the beneficiaries of this charitable event. www.SeaIslandRotary.org
5. Are donations tax deductible?
Currently, donations are not considered a charitable contribution under the Internal Revenue Code. Businesses may be able to deduct their contribution as a business expense as the Sea Island Rotary Club is recognized as a 501(c)4 organization. Adoptions purchased through our partner charities who are eligible for tax deductible donations will qualify according to the IRS code. If in question please consult your individual Certified public Accountant.
6. What if someone wants to adopt a shrimp and make a donation less than the suggested amount?
It is no secret that this event is being held under the banner of fund-raising for charity, and adoptions with donations at or above the suggested amount will be given priority. If someone wishes to adopt a shrimp at less than the suggested donation, suggest they consider donating to another cause. If any shrimp remain available for adoption prior to the race, the Sea Island Rotary Club reserves the option to make adoptions available for donations at less than the suggested amount.
7. Can a minor win?
Adopted shrimp can be registered under the name of a minor, but any award will given to the parent or legal guardian. The Sea island Rotary Club must collect and retain W9 information on the winners.