Proceeds for Back to School clothing for Burke County children

MORGANTON, NC (June 25, 2019) -- The recent Jam’n on James music, food and boating event on Lake James, organized free by the Rotary Club of Morganton, drew hundreds of participants and raised much needed funds for Burke County students back to school clothing.

Held under a gorgeous summertime mountain sunset on June 22 in the Lakes James State Park Paddy Creek section, the first annual Jam’n on James festival drew about 220 people, many in boats, for food, fun and music.

Top Grill and Pho n’ Rolls food trucks provided food and refreshments to the music from the Morganton-based band, Almost Vintage.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Morganton, Jam’n on James raised $1,000 through volunteer donations to support back to school clothing for Burke County children through the Burke County United Christen Ministries.

“It was a phenomenal success,” said George Milner, president of the Rotary Club of Morganton. “Our club is committed to Making a Difference through new and different venues like the Ohana Mud Run (to be held August 17) and Jam’n on James.”

“While Almost Vintage played, you saw families on boats playing in the Lake, people on the beach enjoying the food and music, all under what turned out to be a textbook gorgeous Lake James summertime sunset,” he said.

Milner thanked the Burke County Tourism Authority and staff from the Lake James State Park office for making the event possible. “We couldn’t have done it without their help and planning,” Milner said. “We already are thinking about next year’s Jam’n event.”

Nancy VanNoppen