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Gaming for a cause

September 27, 2010

Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club President Dietra Dula, left,
awards Guitar Hero winner Tom Tierney, of Hickory, with
award and prize money. Money raised for the event
went towards cash prizes and CVCC’s Education
Matters scholarship fund.

Video game contestants traveled from across the state to see who could be the next guitar hero.
Hickory Sunrise Rotary Club held its second annual RotaryRock on Saturday at the Multi-Purpose Center at Catawba Valley Community College. The event enticed a statewide crowd with its rare occurrence, $2,000 in total prize money, and chances to claim being the best at popular Xbox games, such as "Madden 2011," "Guitar Hero III" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2."
“(RotaryRock) is a niche thing for our club and for the community because nobody else does anything like this in surrounding areas,” said Dr. Robert Yapundich, RotaryRock event chairman. “It is yet another example of Rotarians coming together to not only raise money for a good cause, but also to infuse the name and purpose of Rotary into our younger generation.”
The event was a way for people of all ages to have fun while giving back to the community.
For another consecutive year, the HSRC will use tournament proceeds for a $1,000 scholarship for the Education Matters fund, said club treasurer Phil Trick.
Club President Dietra Dula said Saturday’s event was an improvement from last year’s, with nearly double the attendees.
Guitar Hero winners included Kyle Dehnel and Andrew Garofolo, both of Apex.

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