Rotary Club of Charlotte Celebrating Centennial in 2016; Signature Project Provides Photo Opportunities
In celebration of its centennial of service to Charlotte and the region, the Rotary Club of Charlotte has teamed up with the Charlotte Knights to install a work of historic public art at the main entrance to BB&T Ballpark at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
“The Rotary Club of Charlotte has accomplished many great things in our hundred years of service to Charlotte and we wanted to make a permanent gift to the uptown community with this piece,” says Natalie English, president of the Rotary Club of Charlotte.
The installation is a cast bronze bench with a Charlotte Knights baseball player sitting with his arm on the back of the bench, inviting ballpark guests to sit down and be photographed next to him. The Rotary Club of Charlotte hopes it will be first of several installations around uptown Charlotte.
“The Charlotte Knights are thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Charlotte to add this beautiful piece of art to BB&T Ballpark,” states Charlotte Knights Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski. “Charlotte Knights Charities and the Knights have been working on a concept that would not only enhance the entrance of our ballpark but would also create a memory for the many visitors that attend Knights games. We are very pleased with the end result and are proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Charlotte as they celebrate their 100th anniversary.”
Founded on December 1, 1916, the Rotary Club of Charlotte has started numerous other clubs in the region, had business luminaries and former mayors as presidents and members, and presents high-profile speakers at weekly meetings and gives back to the local and global communities. Some of the local organizations supported over the years include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Classroom Central, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Trees Charlotte and Crisis Assistance Ministries. The club, which is one of the largest on the East Coast, also founded the Charlotte Boys’ Choir in the 1940s, supports local veteran and literacy projects and has given more than $700,000 in college scholarships to children of Charlotte-Mecklenburg fire, police, medic and sheriff’s office employees since 9/11.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Charlotte Centennial, visit http://www.charlotterotary.org/000centennial.html