The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce presented the Joan Huss Pulley Award for Public Service, sponsored by Duke Energy, to The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. The Big Rock was recognized for it's outstanding contributions to so many charities and the community at large. The award is based on outstanding civic participation, achievements and contributions for the enrichment of Carteret County. The award recognizes integrity, stewardship, initiative, teamwork and accountability.

The award was created to honor Joan Huss Pulley who died in 2013, for her years of service to all of Careret County. The award's namesake, Joan Huss Pulley, provided longtime contributions and service to the Chamber actively serving as head of the Chamber's Public and Government Affairs committee lobbying in Raleigh with her husband Paul on behalf of the Chamber's Legislative Agenda following up on issues such as Save our Summers and Highway 70 corridor issues, and the Gallant's Channel Bridge project just to name a few.

The award was presented to Big Rock Board Member, Tommy Bennett, by Millie Chalk of Duke Energy at the Crystal Ball on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.