The Garner Morning Rotary Club is starting to take a more comical approach to advertising for its annual fundraiser event.
They’ve created a music video and its gaining some attention on Facebook.
Members of the Garner Rotary Club are seen in the video wearing sunglasses, cooking aprons and singing “All About Those Oysters,” a parody of the popular pop song “All About That Bass,” by Meghan Trainor.
“Yeah, it’s pretty clear that Garner’s where its at,” they sing. “And the Rotary Club, a bunch of real cool cats. And every year, it happens right around October, we’ve got all the right food in all the right places.”
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This is the second year that the club has made a video. Andrew May, a Garner optometrist and member of the club, who came up with the concept, said the first video didn’t garner as much attention as the new one.
May said he makes parody videos for fun from time to time and other members of the Rotary club suggested he make one to raise awareness for their event. The first year, he made a parody of “Play that Funky Music,” by Wild Cherry.
He said this year fellow club member Jeannette Hagwood recommended they make a parody to “All About That Bass.”
It worked. The video so far has more than 4,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday morning.
The annual event is put on to raise scholarship money for Garner High School students looking to go to college.
“Like the lyrics to the song say, we want to help them go get some knowledge,” May said.
Some of the notable members seen in the video are Mayor Pro-tem Ken Marshburn, councilman Buck Kennedy, Fire Chief Matthew Poole and Public Works Director Paul Cox.
“I’ve never had smooth moves on the dance floor,” Kennedy said, “but something like that, hey, I’m happy to do that. If it creates interest and helps with the fundraising effort, it’s worth every penny of it. And it doesn’t cost anything.”
The Garner Rotary Club was started in 1978. The club wanted to focus on a community project that would give back to the community, Kennedy said.
Everybody was interested in academics and rewarding students who did well in schools. A trust fund was established to help finance scholarships and it has grown over time.
Over the last few years, the club has been able to award six to eight scholarships worth a total of $10,000 to $11,000 a year.
“It started out with one scholarship in the amount of $1,000, and we’ve awarded, I suspect, approaching $125,000 in total scholarships over the lifetime of this scholarship trust-fund,” Kennedy said.
The event will be on Oct. 15 at Fidelity Business Park. There will be live music from the Band of Oz and food from the 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh. Tickets will be $30.
To watch more of May’s videos visit https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnsonEye