Contact: Crystal Hesmer, Big Rock Foundation Director,

$10 Raffle Could Win $20,000 for the Charity of Your Choice!
To celebrate the 65th Big Rock, The Big Rock Foundation will offer a raffle giveaway to charity in your hometown.

Morehead City, NC (May 16, 2023) – The Big Rock Board of Directors have added a $10 per ticket raffle this year for a chance to win $20,000 to a (501C3) charity of your choice in your own hometown. This is included as part of the 65th celebration and past successes of all three tournaments, Big Rock, KWLA and Big Rock Kids.

“Finding more ways to help people in their communities is what Big Rock is all about. I am pleased to be part of this new way to help others and can’t wait to see who the lucky charity will be”, commented Crystal Hesmer, Foundation Director.

“Big Rock in My Hometown was created for anyone who knows a need in their town, their community as a way they can make a difference in places Big Rock doesn’t normally get a chance to reach. Whether it is your local school, volunteer fire department or whatever is important to you, this will be your chance to make a difference. Big Rock was founded on “Charity First” and this is a way for everyone to capture the essence of what Big Rock Foundation is all about”, stated Tournament President, Emery Ivey.

Chances to win can be increased by sharing with family, friends, and co-workers since there is no limit to the number of tickets purchased. One winner will be selected via random drawing on Saturday June 17th at 3:00 P.M during Big Rock’s LIVE online broadcast. Tickets may only be purchased online at Raffle ticket proceeds benefit The Big Rock Foundation.

Through each tournament, The Big Rock Foundation raises funding for a multitude of charities throughout Carteret County and North Carolina. Additional funding for the Foundation includes Big Rock retail sales, private donations, endowments, Big Rock License Plate sales and various other fund raising throughout the year.


In 2022, Big Rock Foundation donated $1 million dollars to various charities. Those donations included:

-Broad Street Clinic $7,500
-Crystal Coast Hospice House $7,500
-East Carolina Boys Scout Council $7,500
-The History Place $7,500
-Hope Mission $7,500
-Martha’s Mission $7,500
-North Carolina State University, Research $10,000
-North Carolina Symphony-Carteret County $17,000
-Station Club/Easter Seals UPC $7,500
-The Big Rock Kids Billfish Tournament – Boys and Girls Club, $35,000
-The Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament – Carteret Healthcare, $25,000

-Arts Council of Carteret County, $10,000
-Beaufort Elementary School, $50,000
-Beaufort Middle School, $65,000
-Bogue Sound Elementary School, $78,000
-Bridge Down East, $60,000
-Carteret Preschool, $20,000
-Croatan High School Track and Field, $18,000
-Crystal Coast Cancer Rehabilitation, $10,000
-Delta Health Foundation, $10,000
-East Carteret High School Band, $50,000
-Gramercy Christian School, $30,000
-Hope is Alive Ministries, $50,000
-Mile of Hope Foundation, $5,000
-Military Appreciation Day, $10,000
-Misplaced Mutts, $5,000
-Morehead City Fire/EMS, $12,000
-Morehead City Little League, $47,000
-Morehead City Primary Schools, $55,000
-Newport Middle School, $40,000
-Tag-A-Giant- Tag Bluefin Tuna, $65,000
-The History Place, $143,000