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Socially distanced, lakefront concert raised thousands for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sept. 8. Between 75 and 100 boats turned out for a Big Day at the Lake rock concert put on by Stormin’ Norman LKN this past Saturday night. The concert, which benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas, raised more than $6,500 for the non-profit which supports mentors for children who are at risk.

The classic rock band performed facing Lake Norman in the back of a home in the Island Forest neighborhood with boaters socially distancing, complete with a perfect sunset. calm waters and cool, dry weather.

Members of Stormin’ Norman, in addition to donating their performance, matched $500 in new donations.

Stormin’ Norman LKN classic rock band was formed by combining two local bands, Mid Life Crisis and the Pomolas. The members of Stormin’ Norman include:

• Bill Scott – Guitar and vocals
• Brett Fansler – Keyboard, bass, vocals
• Craig Rubrect – Rhythm/Acoustic guitar
• Howard Clark – Lead guitar
• Jerry Kurtz – Vocals
• Mike Carlet – Drums
• Steve Walker – Vocals
• Steven Sellin – Bass and vocals
• Will Ellis – Drums, percussion, bass, vocals

Link to donate

To send a donation directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas, click here.

A little history

Big Day at the Lake has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas for 16-plus years, but this year’s event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the years, thanks to Lake Norman individuals and businesses, more than $1.4 million has been raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas, with virtually no overhead.

Boat Hosts have hosted Bigs and Littles for a full day of fun on Lake Norman every year, except this year. Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to support mentors for at risk kids, but financial support is down because of COVID-19.

BBBS CEO Donna Dunlap comments

“During this pandemic our mission is to continue to support the young people we serve who are already struggling economically and are facing difficult family circumstances. Due to COVID they are now facing social isolation and are struggling to learn from home often without the help of a parent/guardian or the technology required to ensure their success.

Staying connected with their mentor (Big Brother/Big Sister), although virtually is the encouragement and social connection they need to stay positive and hopeful. Additionally, we are able to provide families with referrals to the basic social services that they may need to survive during the pandemic.”

—Donna Dunlap, CEO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

Donna Dunlap, with Little Sister Jaliyah, is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas