Big Rock Foundation makes donation to 'Anchor the Army' campaign

(Crystal Hesmer, Big Rock Charity First photo)

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The Big Rock Foundation made a donation to The Salvation Army of Carteret County's "Anchor the Army" fundraiser on Wednesday.

A check for $262,500 was presented to help the organization raise $3.2 million needed to purchase property and fun the construction of a Center for Worship and Service along with a Family Store.

Below is the full press release on Wednesday's donation.


On May 31, 2017, The Big Rock Foundation presented The Salvation Army of Carteret County's 'Anchor the Army' fundraising campaign with a $262,500 check. The campaign is a $3.2 million capital campaign to purchase property and fund the construction of a 7,500 square foot Center for Worship and Service and an 11,000 square foot Family Store. Donors have contributed $1.03 million to date. The planned facilities have features that enable The Salvation Army to have a greater impact on Carteret County residents, such as a private social services office; larger food pantry with more efficient commercial cooler and freezer; large commercial kitchen for disaster service and collaborative feeding programs; a larger meeting area for community gatherings; a safer Family Store donations area; and a larger shopping space that can produce more funds to sustain increased programs and services. "Words cannot express how grateful we are to the Big Rock Foundation for their continued support of The Salvation Army," said Lt. Rolland Lewis, corps officer of The Salvation Army of Carteret County. "Our pledge is that every single day, the foundation's generous donation will be used to create a stronger, thriving community for all." Through the years, The Big Rock Foundation's support of The Salvation Army has included a $75,000 contribution to purchase The Big Rock Mobile Outreach Kitchen, a mobile kitchen used for disaster relief and community events. This mobile feeding kitchen was used by The Salvation Army for disaster response in the Croatan wildfires in May and to serve water and volunteer meals during the mobile Vietnam Memorial visit. The mobile kitchen was also used during Hurricane Matthew to feed people who were evacuated to a local shelter. The Foundation's generosity did not stop with the mobile feeding kitchen. After Hurricane Matthew, the Big Rock Foundation made a contribution of more than $52,707 to fund Eastern North Carolina Hurricane Relief after Hurricane Mathew, where The Salvation Army served more than 144,200 meals to Eastern North Carolina residents. "The board of directors of the Big Rock tournament is very proud to be making its largest single contribution in the 59-year history of the tournament, but more importantly we are humbled to provide assistance to one of the great charitable organizations in the United States and wish the local Salvation Army the very best as they endeavor to enhance their mission in Morehead City." The Salvation Army has operated out of the same rented space since it was founded in 1991. Since then, programs and services have expanded; in fact during the 2016 fiscal year, The Salvation Army served almost 7,000 people--one in every ten Carteret County residents. "The Salvation Army has been very active in this community since 1991 in the same rented space, but our services have outgrown the building," said Larry Land, "Anchor The Army" Campaign co-chair. "Through this building campaign, we have an opportunity to be permanently anchored in the heart of Morehead City and be better equipped to meet the community needs." To learn more about the 'Anchor the Army' campaign, please visit or call (252) 269.5794. About The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament began in 1957 as the Fabulous Fisherman's Club when local businessmen requested the charter fleet to seek blue marlin off the coast of Morehead City. On September 14, 1957, Captain Bill Olsen aboard the Mary Z and his angler Jimmy Croy brought the first blue marlin to the docks weighing a mere 143.5 pounds. This historical catch won a prize of 250 silver dollars. Today, the Big Rock is a world-class fishing tournament located on the beautiful Crystal Coast in Morehead City, North Carolina. The June event is a modified release tournament which includes prizes for gamefish. The exciting week includes The Big Rock Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament and Junior Angler prizes. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is a non-profit tournament dedicated to funding charities and worthy organizations within its community. About The Salvation Army of Carteret County

Since 1865, The Salvation Army has been dedicated to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His Name without discrimination. Today, The Salvation Army serves in every state in the United States and in 128 countries throughout the world. The Salvation Army of Carteret County, serving the community since 1991, has many programs that address social concerns in our community, which include utility and rent assistance, nutrition services, Christmas assistance, worship, disaster relief, and youth programming. For more information visit: