The Official Mission Statement for the Big Rock Foundation Board includes:
- To promote sportfishing throghout Carteret County and the state of North Carolina
- To promote conservation among sportfisherman
- To raise money for Charities and Worth Community Projects
- To preserve Maritime Culture & Heritage
- To promote Marine Education
Of these goals, one of the most enjoyable experiences the board members have (other than Big Rock week) is giving back to local charities and community projects. In 2018, the board was able to fund their annual core donations, and also contribute $150,000 to the Morehead City Little League and $50,000 to help fund electric bills for locals affected from Hurricane Florence. In total, from the 2018 event alone, the Big Rock Foundation donated a total of $458,000 back into our community! The Foundation boasts a total of $5 million to charitable donations and goodwill back to our company over the course of its existence.
One of our favorite new initiatives that started last year is the ‘Big Rock, Big Hero’ campaign. Through a corporate sponsorship with Salt Life, active duty military are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to fish aboard a boat in The Big Rock Tournament.
The Big Rock has obviously become a tremendous success story, not only for the fishermen, or donation recipients, but for all of Carteret County and the businesses that call it home. One of the busiest weeks of the year, and traditionally the first full week that NC Public Schools let out for Summer Vacation, there is a lot riding on a great kickoff to the Summertime. The Big Rock fills the void, not only for fishing supply stores, marinas, restaurants & bars, but also lodging accommodations (like us!), the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Macon State Park, and the NC Maritime Museum.
Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament
A Kickoff To Big Rock Week, A Chance For The Ladies To Shine, & A Beautiful Tribute To A Wonderful Woman
The Saturday before boats start their engines for the official Big Rock Tournament, most participate in the Kelly Wagner Lady Angler Tournament, also known as the KWLA. It is a one-day event for the ladies to showcase their fishing skills, hopefully win some money, and again- all for a good cause. One of the highlights of the entire week, is the Friday night Captain’s Party- featuring the Best Dressed Competition for Landy Angler Tournament participating teams. It’s truly a site to see, and a great chance for all fishermen and fisherwomen to get together and celebrate what they all hope to be a successful week of ‘Tight Lines’. Last year, the KWLA resulted in another record purse, with nearly $150,000 dollars awarded to winners, and $25,000 presented to the Carteret Health Care Cancer Center.
A Nod To One Of Our Own
Jim Bailey deserves a ton of credit for helping The Big Rock Become What It Is Today
Jim Bailey, one of our Atlantic Beach Real Estate Agents, has proudly served on The Big Rock Board of Directors for 27 years. He was named the President of the Board from 1997-1999 and championed the efforts to make Big Rock Landing a reality. The Big Rock Landing has played a huge part in revitalizing the downtown Morehead City business district, while allowing boats to weigh-in safely and spectators to view all the action first-hand. Just across Evans Street from Big Rock Landing, hosts the Big Rock headquarters, which serves as the supply store and board member meeting area.
How Many Big Rock Tees Do You Have?
If the answer is 0- Order one today from The Big Rock Online Store!
Did you know- The Big Rock sells about 30,000 T-Shirts each year?! Chances are if you’ve lived or visited along The Crystal Coast, you’ve got one somewhere, but if you don’t- There’s no need to panic! You can visit The Big Rock Store in Downtown Morehead at 710 Evans Street, or you can order all of their products online from The Big Rock Webstore. They offer a variety of products showcasing the different logos and artwork for the KWLA and Big Rock Tournaments, almost always mentioning ‘The Fisherman’s Paradise’ where it all started, Morehead City, NC. You’ll be able to find everything you need including the famous T-Shirts, hats, towels, buckets, cups, koozies & more!