Everybody wants to be part of something bigger than themselves. Every. Single. Person. Perry’s Annual Benefit has a big vision . . . one that outlasts generations and benefits the fishing community by making it a far better place for future fishermen. Each November, on the Saturday nearest to November 13th (which is Jessica’s Birthday) Perry’s Bait and Tackle holds their annual benefit. Claire—our shop manager has organized each of our benefits and does a great job reaching out to the community. The benefit is family friendly, with face painters, a bouncy house and a photo booth for the youngsters, live music, 50/50 raffles, a silent auction, fishing obstacle course, drawings for a number of gift cards or other items, and a rig-tying expo for the older crowd.
The first year (2017), our benefit was organized and establish an education fund for Jessica’s three children and to create an artificial reef in her honor. When Jessica was murdered, our fishing community lost a staple in our little fishing village. Together with teamwork, philanthropy and love, we dropped a memorial reef for Jessica Perry at Pawley’s Island Reef (PA 11 - 33° 25.975' N - 079° 00.600' W). Years before, Jessica created a reef fund for the founder of Perry’s Bait and Tackle, Mr. Winston Perry at Paradise Reef (PA 09).
The second year (2018), our focus was to raise funds for the Family Justice Center of Georgetown and continue our memorial reef project. The Family Justice Center of Georgetown is a unique collaboration of community partners and agencies who work together to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Guest speakers for the fundraiser were Vicki Bourus, the executive director of the Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties, and Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Murrells Inlet, a member of the Senate’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Fish, Game and Forestry committees.
The third year (2019), our goal was to drop another reef installation to memorialize ALL MEN LOST AT SEA this coming year (2019-2020) and to make a donation to the Lost At Sea Memorial in Murrells Inlet! The founder Laura Abernathy, of Morris Park Landing’s Lost at Sea Memorial spoke. In addition a speaker from Browns Memorial discussed the importance of monuments. Smokin’ Sumthin’ BBQ sponsored by Wolfe Associates sold BBQ sandwiches and sides.
The Office of Fisheries Management with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helps drop artificial reefs along our coast. This is a cause Perry’s Bait and Tackle has become very passionate about for a multitude of reasons. The most important is to remember loved ones, give back to the ocean we take so much from, and to help rebuild fish ecosystems. Each year, our hope is to drop an artificial reef from funds raised during our benefit.Learn More