April 29, 2022, was the sixth year the Rotary Club of Morehead City had sponsored the Balsam Range. All proceeds from the 2022 Balsam Range fundraiser were given to support Alzheimer’s Research and three local charities (Friends of Aging, Broad Street Clinic, and Crystal Coast Hospice House). These Balsam Range fundraisers have raised more than $55,800 for Rotary's CART Fund providing grants for cutting edge Alzheimer's disease research.
Balsam Range is one of the genre’s most award-winning artists in recent years, they have garnered ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on the heels of six critically acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues across the nation, and appearing multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry. The 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Balsam Range vocalist Buddy Melton also won IBMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year and bass player Tim Surrett won IBMA’s Bass Player of the Year in 2018.
Following pictures from April 29, 2022, performance at GTC with proceeds being given to cutting-edge Alzheimer's Research and these local non-profit organizations providing humanitarian services: Friends of Aging, Broad Street Clinic, and Crystal Coast Hospice House.
The two pictures below show Barbara Johnson (President Morehead City Rotary Club) handing Norm Rogers (CART Executive Board) a $4500 check for CART. They are standing in front of the WORLD’S LARGEST ROTARY WHEEL. It’s 240 feet across and is the world's largest Rotary symbol. It was built in Greenfield Park, in Wilmington, NC, in honor of this club's 50th anniversary. The project had its origins in 1924 when the Rotary Club adopted the cause of developing Greenfield Lake as a public park.
Then in 1945 the Wilmington Rotary Club obtained discarded seating from The Lost Colony outdoor drama in Manteo, and brought the seats to Wilmington. Rotarians scraped, sanded, painted, and installed the seats in the Wilmington amphitheater. The story gets better and better and can be read at the club’s website. Rotary Club of Wilmington (wilmingtonrotaryclub.org)
Following pictures from April 9, 2021, performance at GTC with proceeds being given to cutting-edge Alzheimer's Research.