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Perry’s 4th Annual Benefit

The fourth year (2021), we honored the memory of Ashley LeAnn Walters Avant who was killed by a drunk driver in October of 2019. She left behind three precious school age daughters, a grieving husband, devastated parents & many very sad friends. Ashley’s daughters attend school in Georgetown County.

Our goal was to begin an education fund for Ashley’s three daughters and establish an artificial reef in her honor. Perry’s Annual Benefit began over 12 years ago. Jessica Perry had a big vision . . . one that outlasts generations and helps to benefit the fishing community by making it a far better place for future fishermen. Each fall, Perry’s Bait and Tackle holds their annual benefit to establish artificial reefs off our beautiful coastline. 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, drawings for a number of gift cards or other items, and a rig-tying expo for the older crowd.

This year with the help of monetary donations, gift cards and gift baskets for our auction, local friends and businesses who provided great prizes, as well as companies, artists, and craftsmen selling their goods, the 4th Annual Benefit was a wonderful success!

Please visit the #MADDFORASHLEY EDUCATION FUND AND ARTIFICIAL REEF page on GoFundMe if you’d like to help this way.

Perry’s Bait & Tackle Lost At Sea Art Exhibit and Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge Open House

Lost At Sea Art Exhibit and Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge Open HouseThe Lost At Sea Art Exhibit and Murrells Inlet Fishing Lodge Open House, held on September 19, 2020, was a great success! It was a beautiful evening under the live oaks, surrounded by art, live acoustic guitar, local vendors, and friends of our fishing community. We are overjoyed to have surpassed our goal of raising the remaining funds to drop a reef, at 10 mile, for Men Lost at Sea and are honored to be donating the remainder to The Lost at Sea Memorial at Morse Park Landing. We are committed to honoring those lost in the fishing community, to fostering community and togetherness, and to helping preserve the fishery and ecosystems along our coast.

Perry’s 3rd Annual Benefit

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.

Perry’s 2nd Annual Benefit

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.

Perry’s 1st Annual Benefit

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).

Perry’s Passions and Artificial Reefs

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.

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