MOREHEAD CITY - The contribution was made Thursday evening during the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.
Big Rock board of director's budget each tournament year for their core group of charities that include Hope Mission, Broad Street Clinic, RAAB Oncology Clinic, East Carolina Boy Scouts among others.
In addition to these donations, Big Rock works closely with area charities to determine larger impact donations.
Two years ago, the tournament donated $200,000 to start the Crystal Coast Hospice House fund raising project.
"Big Rock is committed to making Carteret County a better place", commented Charity Chairman, Tommy Bennett. "We realized the obvious connection between our tournament and the North Carolina Marine Training and Education Center (NCMARTEC) program and are delighted to assist them in reaching new heights which impact our community in a positive fashion. We are pleased to acknowledge and participate in the 50th Anniversary of Carteret Community College", he continued.
The funds donated will be divided between the MARTEC program for expansion and upgrade and the new Carteret Community College scholarship known as the "Big Rock Student of the Year". This donation will help train the next generation of boat builders and marine technicians.
"We couldn't be happier!", commented college President, Dr. Kerry L. Youngblood. "This is a major donation for us and to be able to partner with Big Rock really sets the year in motion", he continued.
Sponsor support of The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament allows the board to continue to make contributions to worthy organizations in our area.
The Big Rock thanks Major Sponsor Calcutta, Diamond Sponsors-Linda Rike/Ed Daughtey Real Estate, Wells Fargo Bank, & GotobeNC Agriculture Products, Platinum Sponsors-Bailey's Fine Jewelry, Crown Royal, Columbia/Belk, Jarrett Bay Boatworks, Nationwide Insurance and NAPA.