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. The donations are funded by the success of the tournament, our sponsors and retail sales.
In 2016 the Big Rock board was able to contribute to their annual core donations but also fund additional needs within these core charities and beyond. Mount Olive University received an additional $100,000 for a new multi-use field, Beaufort Historical Society received $20,000 for a new pollinator garden, Carteret County Health Department received $11,500 for new equipment and the Hill Center /Carteret County Schools received $50,000 for iPad sets to assist in reading proficiency. These and other donations to our community and state are the basis of what Big Rock tournament stands for.
Last year the Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Tournament (KWLA) was sponsored by ALEXSEAL YACHT COATINGS and held on Saturday June 11, 2016. A whopping tournament record of 125 boats participated and the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament and was able to donate $25,000 to the RAAB Oncology Clinic. Donations to the clinic since 2005, total over $253,916. Overall, the ladies tournament has donated a total of $299,416 since it began in 1998. Way to go ladies!!
The tournament is very proud of its past contributions totaling $4,084,896 after the 2016 tournament. This year’s Tournament Charity Committee consists of Tom Bennett, chairman, Dale Britt, Dew Forbes, Richard Crowe and Randy Ramsey.
- 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.