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Rotary Club awards scholarship funds to colleges

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Members of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club present a check to N.C. Wesleyan College officials.

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Rocky Mount Rotary Club recently presented checks to Edgecombe Community College, Nash Community College and N.C. Wesleyan College based on the funds the club raised during its Tackle the Tar Mud Run & Fun Day on May 20 at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex.

Funds were raised by charging a participation fee to over 550 runners as well as from individual contributions. At a recent Rotary Club meeting, representatives from the three area colleges were present to each receive $17,000 checks to be used to fund scholarships for students attending each school. In 2016, a total of $36,000 was raised, and in 2017 the event generated $51,000.00 in revenue, a 30 percent increase over the previous year.

"One of the essential missions of Rotary International is to provide service to others," said Garry Hodges, past president of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club who also participated in a variety of 2017 Tackle the Tar committees. "I think one of the greatest services our organization can provide the Twin Counties is funding to help deserving young people attend college. Our hope is that many of the students will remain in our area to become the leaders we will need in the future."

Kristen Brabble, chairwoman of the 2017 Tackle the Tar, noted that the city of Rocky Mount, Rocky Mount Mills, Peacemakers, Blue Knights, Hooves for Hope and the Imperial Centre all provided valuable partnership support to the Rotary Club's second annual Tackle the Tar this year.

"Without the support and hundreds of man-hours provided by our Rotary Club members combined with the generous contributions from our area partners, putting on an event the size and scope of Tackle the Tar would be impossible," Brabble said. “All of this hard work is for our local students to attend our local colleges.”

The Rocky Mount Rotary Club has already begun planning for the May 19, 2018, Tackle the Tar Mud Run that will wind its way through the historic Battle Park property, with over 15 or more obstacles including a mud pit and 16-foot wall.

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