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. 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. The donations are funded by the success of the tournament, our sponsors and retail sales.
In 2018 the Big Rock Board was able to contribute to their annual core donations but also fund additional needs within these core charities and beyond. A substantial contribution to the Morehead City Little League of $150,000 helped build and complete a much-needed new field at Swinson Park. After hurricane Florence, the Big Rock donated $50,000 to the North Carolina Seafood Festival for “Amped Up for YOUtilities”, a community fundraiser that donated $50,000 to help pay electric bills for those in need. These and other donations to our community and state are the basis of what Big Rock tournament stands for and totaled over $458,000 from last year’s event!!
Last year the Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament (KWLA) was sponsored by ALEXSEAL YACHT COATINGS and held on Saturday June 9, 2018. A whopping tournament record of 161 boats participated and the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament donated $25,000 to the local Carteret Healthcare Clinic. Donations to the clinic since 2005, total $303,915.50. Overall, the KWLA tournament has donated a total of $349,416 since it began in 1998. Way to go ladies!!
The Big Rock and KWLA tournaments are very proud of their past contributions now over five million dollars totaling $5,398,061 after the 2018 tournament year. The Big Rock Charity Committee consists of Tom Bennett, Chairman, Dale Britt, Richard Crowe, Curtis Strange and Caroline Petrilli.
- 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.