Donations Total $3,715,459 Since 1986
To promote sportfishing throughout Carteret County and the state of North Carolina.
To promote Conservation among Sportfishermen.
To raise money for Charities and Worthy Community Projects.
To preserve Maritime Culture and Heritage.
To promote Marine Education.
The Big Rock Board of Directors and its Charity Committee have focused on a core group of charities for the majority of the charitable proceeds from each tournament. The entire process is driven by the fit between Big Rock’s five-point mission statement and the destination of the charitable funds. In addition to these yearly donations, the board also reviews new larger impact community projects.
In 2014 the Big Rock board was able to contribute to their annual core donations but also fund additional needs within these core charities and beyond. The History Place received an additional $20,000 for new HVAC needs and East Carteret High School received $32,000 for new band uniforms. These and other donations to our community are the basis of what Big Rock tournament stands for. Early 2015, The North Carolina Aquariums received $100,000 to fund a series of fishing programs at all four NC Aquarium locations.
Last year the Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament (KWLA) was sponsored by ALEXSEAL YACHT COATINGS and held on Saturday June 7, 2014. A tournament record of 81 boats participated and the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament was able to donate $23,250 to the RAAB Oncology Clinic. Donations to the clinic since 2005, total over $203,916. Overall, the ladies tournament has donated a total of $249,315 since it began in 1998.
The tournament is very proud of its past contributions totaling $3,337,836 after the 2014 tournament. This year’s Tournament Charity Committee consists of Tom Bennett, chairman, Dale Britt, Ben Moore, Richard Crowe and Randy Ramsey.
Broad Street Clinic
The Broad Street Clinic has been providing free medical and pharmaceutical services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Carteret County and surrounding areas since 1993. Patients must be at or below the 200% federal poverty level. Patients also must qualify medically by having one of 5 chronic diseases: heart disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension or thyroid disease. Free medical care is provided to BSC patients by over 40 health care providers. Health care providers volunteer weekly to ensure patient needs are met. Currently the clinic has over 900 active patients. During the last year, an eye clinic was opened, the NC Baptist Men’s Association Dental Bus provided services four days and a gynological clinic was opened to meet patient needs.
The Clinic is a member of the National Association of Free Clinics and a member of the NC Association of Free Clinics. Funds received from the Big Rock are used for general operating expenses and to purchase medicines and supplies necessary for BSC patients. It takes 70 volunteer hours each week with the supervision from four pharmacists to ensure patients receive their medications. 23,000 prescriptions were dispensed from the BSC pharmacy with a value of $3.4 million during 2013.
The History Place
The Carteret County Historical Society’s “History Place” is a 501c3 nonprofit whose educational mission it is to preserve and interpret the human history of the county from early Native American times through to the present. We accomplish this by offering various history products to the general public, including in school programs, publications, exhibits, a family genealogical library and presentations by various speakers and groups. We fund this activity in a variety of ways.
Our Les A. Ewen Auditorium lays the heart of our income producing assets. Year round, we rent this hall to various groups, wedding parties, musical performers, governmental agencies and others. We also present our own local history programs within its walls. This past summer and even now, Big Rock Tournament funds are being applied towards the renovation of this important community asset. The acquisition of a portable stage, refurnished flooring, painting of the walls, upgrades in the sound and light systems and other improvements are making this a “button ready” facility that can better accommodate different uses and needs.
We have also created a new temporary exhibit “We Went to Viewe the Lande Adjoyning…” which is a historical/artistic immersion into our coastline’s first European exploration in 1585. A portion of the foundation’s grant was applied to the creation of this exhibit as well.
The Society operates on roughly $110,000 per year – averaging 15-20,000 visitors per year. It is supported through grants, donations, fund-raisers and membership. Many consider what we hold as the “living memory” of the county. We are very thankful of the Big Rock Tournament’s grant in support of our work.
Martha’s Mission Cupboard
Martha’s Mission bought food with the generous $2,000 donation given to us last year. This food helped us be there for the hungry and needy citizens in Carteret County.
Our motto: We believe it makes a difference when people help and share; That when somebody reaches out, it matters to be there.
Last year was especially hard on the needy of Carteret County and we continue to see new clients each day. Martha’s Mission is serving somewhere between 325 to 375 families each month. We are thankful to the Big Rock Tournament for the financial help that they provide to support our work.
Take a Kid Fishing Foundation, Inc.
For over 23 years the Take A Kid Fishing Foundation and it’s volunteers have baited hooks and cast lines in an effort to engage today’s youth in fishing, one of America’s greatest past times. They believe that fishing is a skill that was meant not to be learned, but to be shared. Passed on from generation to generation by those that love the sport.
The program combines a “hands on” experience with educational opportunities that teach participants skills and ethical angling practices. It encourages children to become good stewards of our natural resources in an effort to ensure fishing for future generations.
It is a rewarding experience for participants, many of which have never seen the ocean or felt the tug of a line and a heartfelt day for the volunteers and contributors that give each year of their resources, talents and time. They share this experience together creating memories that last a lifetime.
It is through your continued support and participation that the Take A Kid Fishing Foundation has been able to provide over 12,000 disabled and disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to go saltwater fishing. We would like to thank all of our supporters who work throughout the year to help us raise the needed funds and provide goods and services that make this day possible. Your efforts will enrich these children’s lives and provide them with skills they can utilize over a lifetime.
For more information on the Take A Kid Fishing Foundation, Inc., becoming a volunteer or making a donation, visit our website at www.takf.org or contact Teresa Holcombe at 252-808-8303.
NC University Center for Marine Science and Technology
North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST), located in Morehead City, has worked with the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament since 2003 to sample these fishes. In addition to collecting samples for our own research, we also sample these fish for other scientists that work on these species because the opportunity to sample some of these animals is quite rare. The following information and samples are taken from yellowfin tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and blue marlin: length, weight, sex, a variety of tissues (e.g., muscle, reproductive organs, liver, heart, stomachs, and mucus), and hard parts (e.g., scales, otoliths, and fish spines). To date, we have collected samples for over a dozen marine biologists working along the U.S. Atlantic coast.
The fish captured during the Big Rock Tournament are top predators in the surface waters of the ocean. They have extremely high feeding rates and may have a disproportionately large effect on their prey populations when compared to other predators. Stomach contents are being analyzed by N.C. State University to determine the principal prey of these species. To date, dolphin and yellowfin tuna have the most diverse diets with a variety of fish and invertebrates incluing flyingfish, filefish, and squid. However, blue marlin and wahoo appear to be very selective, feeding mainly on frigate mackerel.
Besides the thrill they bring to captains, crew, and the Big Rock audience at the weigh station, fish caught during the Big Rock continue to help shed light on the biology of these highly migratory fishes.
Jeffrey A. Buckel is an Associate Professor and Paul J. Rudershausen is a Research Associate with North Carolina State University. Both work out of N.C. State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City, NC.
Hope Mission Christian Ministries (HMCM) is located in the heart of Morehead City, NC and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the less fortunate citizens of Carteret County and the surrounding area for the past 20 years. It is supported by the community and is funded by donations from Community Organizations, Civic Groups, Churches, and individuals.
HMCM serves the community in many ways: The Community Kitchen Ministry operates six days/week and in 2012 provided 30,079 free hot lunches to hungry individuals and families, an average of 103 meals/day. Often, the volunteers who help serve the meals are in need of a hot meal themselves; The Emergency Financial Assistance Ministry provides payment of bills which threaten to leave persons without electricity, heating fuel, rent, and other essentials. Last year, 237 clients received aid to avoid the risk of harm, illness, or homelessness. The Men’s Shelter for the Homeless (at the Mission building) provides temporary overnight shelter for up to 15 displaced men (average 10/day), and is open 7 nights per week. Persons in the shelter are required to remain drug and alcohol free and take all necessary steps to return to independent living.
All funds contributed by Big Rock are designated to cover the expenses of the Men’s Shelter for the Homeless which remains the only homeless shelter for men in Carteret County. Many nights, especially during extreme weather conditions, the shelter reaches its fire-coded maximum of 15 persons. Without generous contributions by charitable organizations like Big Rock, we could not meet the needs of so many of our fellow citizens affected by these trying economic times. Big Rock funding is invaluable and so greatly appreciated!
For more information, please contact the Executive Director of HMCM, Gene McLendon at 252-515-4361 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our web site www.hmcm.org.
Carobell’s Station Club Enterprise
Big Rock Charities has been helping Carobell’s Station Club Enterprise expand our possibilities for 23 years. Located in Morehead City, Station Club is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When our clients arrive each day, they go right to work receiving pre-vocational training in various fields such as making Candy Bouquets, building outdoor furniture in our wood shop, studying horticulture out back in the greenhouse, or making greeting cards, just to name a few of the activities. We are constantly expanding our abilities to provide the people we serve with choices by developing new ideas and concepts. And best of all, they are earning while learning. This truly fulfills our Mission, which is to help individuals reach their fullest potential.
Last year’s donation from Big Rock went to our wood shop to buy hand-held tools such as electric sanders and drills. We believe this is part of the reason SCE won 1st prize in the annual PAWS construction competition. This year our need is a very basic one – wheels. We are working toward the purchase of a full-size van that will allow staff and clients to deliver the newly made wooden benches and picnic tables that have been ordered by community parks, businesses and individuals. We’ll use the van to pick up the documents from local businesses to be shredded at Station Club by clients. And let’s not forget the fun trips to deliver those beautiful Candy Bouquets to smiling recipients. These are just a few of the jobs our new vehicle will enable us to continue doing. And so we don’t leave the impression we’re all work and no play, we do take a break every now and then and go on an outing to the many educational and just-plain-fun sites of Carteret County. A vehicle is an expensive item, and we so appreciate the help we receive from Big Rock Charities. You are truly a partner with Station Club.
To sum up what Station Club Enterprise is all about, for staff and participants alike every day is a good day at Station Club. We work hard, we socialize with our peers and at day’s end we feel good about what we have accomplished.
Additional 2015 Charity Recipients:
Carteret County Chapter - NC Symphony
Town of Morehead City
Atlantic Beach Skate Park
Beaufort Elementary School
NC Reef Program
Croatan High School Band
St. James United Methodist Church
Down East Boy Scouts
Boys & Girls Club