BIG ROCK Charitable Donations Exceed $5 Million Dollars!
The Big Rock Board of Directors have made their charitable giving decisions for the year topping out at $470,975. These donations, including the NC Seafood Festival/Salvation Army donation of $50,000, make a cumulative donation total of $5,381,001.
The Big Rock Board of Directors and its Charity Committee have committed to a core group of charities in the community to receive consistent funding from the tournament. This core group consists of local soup kitchens, medical needs, and general community enrichment. In addition to these yearly donations, the board also reviews new larger impact community projects. The entire process is driven by the fit between Big Rock’s five-point mission statement and the destination of the charitable funds. The donations are funded by the success of the tournament, sponsor income and retail sales revenue. Big Rock’s Major Sponsor, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, plays an integral part in the upward spiral of this tournament and the expansion of Big Rock’s charitable giving for worthy organizations across the county and state.
Big Rock’s largest donation this year, a whopping $150,000, will be to the Morehead City Little League, for improvements to field 5 in Swinson Park. Other notable donations include $22,700 to Beaufort Middle School, $20,000 to Croatan High School and $20,000 to Whiteoak Elementary.
The Big Rock Board of Directors are an 18-member volunteer group who donate their time and energy to make Big Rock a success. This year’s Charity Committee consists of Tommy Bennett-Chairman, Dale Britt, Richard Crowe, Caroline Petrilli and Curtis Strange.