The Kannapolis Rotary Club has given a gift of $63,500 to the NRI in support of student housing. On Veteran’s Day, NRI Director Steven Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D., received a symbolic check for this donation from Kannapolis club president Jeremy Tutt and club member William (Whit) Whitley. The Kannapolis Rotary Club held 5K and 8K running competitions and 50K and 100K recreational bike rides in an event known as Nutrithon for the past four years to raise the funds for this gift.

The UNC NRI laboratories rely on graduate and postdoctoral students to help conduct research throughout the year. The Kannapolis Rotary Club’s generous gift will help the NRI and other schools on the North Carolina Research Campus attract the best qualified students to work in labs by helping provide convenient, affordable student housing.

The Kannapolis Rotary is the premier business, civic and service club in the city of Kannapolis, consisting of many of the city’s finest business owners, elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and other civic-minded citizens. With more than 65 members, Kannapolis Rotary serves people locally and around the world. UNC NRI extends its most sincere thanks to the club and its members for their dedication to this project and the resulting gift.