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.