An initiative called “Amped Up For YOU-Tilities” was announced on October 9th, 2018 by the NC Seafood Festival and Big Rock Fishing Tournament at Jaycee Park in downtown Morehead City. This partnership between two of the biggest non-profits in Carteret County, NC set in motion how the partnership wants to proceed on a hurricane relief effort at Jaycee Park on November 3rd, 2018 after the NC Seafood Festival was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Members from both boards of directors for these two non-profits were at the announcement today and gave the following information for this initiative:
- The Nov 3rd event will be a one day event focused on “food and music” and that 6 bands along with many restaurants and non-profits will help to deepen the #CarteretStrong movement to rebuild and support county residents after the hurricane. No information on which bands will be playing at Jaycee Park during the event but when they do announce this we will update this post.
- The Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament presented a $50,000 check to the NC Seafood Festival to help fund the “Amped Up For YOU-Tilities” initiative which will be managed by the local Salvation Army.
- A Salvation Army spokesperson said that all money received from both non-profits will stay local and help area residents with rent and utility bills during the coming winter months. The spokesperson went on to say that many workers in Carteret County are hurting after long periods without work after the hurricane, and that the winter months will be especially hard when utility cost are factored in.
Update 10/17/2018: The Seafood Festival announced that the Band of Oz will be playing on Nov 3rd (at 7pm) as part of the live music roundup for this benefit, and that country music star Bryan Mayer will follow at 9pm. Food vendors include: Jasmine Tasty Thai Food Truck, Kona Ice, Duke Fish, Promise Land Market, Camp Albemarle, Pinay’s Lumpia, Jitterz, Salvation Army, Dank Burrito, Lil Johnny’s Crab Shack, Subtropics, Fancy Street Eats, St. Egbert’s Catholic School, Off the Hook, and East Carteret Athletic Boosters. The band Spare Change will be playing at noon.
Discussions and Comments
The 2018 Seafood Festival was to be the 32nd annual event in Morehead City and is a celebration of local commercial fishermen and the seafood industry. This festival is the 3rd largest in all of North Carolina.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is an annual fishing tournament that takes place in the summer and host fishermen from around the world in pursuit of the many gamefish that are common on the NC coast.
Both non-profits are deeply involved in helping local charities and other non-profits to help vulnerable citizens in Carteret County, NC.
Given this, we think that the “Amped Up For YOU-Tilities” hurricane relief initiative is exactly what county residents need to stay #CarteretStrong.