Fundraising Events

The Texas Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving and educating visitors about the rich maritime history of Texas. We receive no state or federal funding and rely on the generosity of our patrons and visitors as well as four annual fundraisers.

Mah Jongg January


Thank you to everyone who attended the 19th annual Mah Jongg Tournament! This was our biggest year ever with 33 tables!  Join us in 2015 for the Tournament’s 20th year. This years winners are:


Tournament Champions, Barbara O’Connor and Sally Pehr.

1st-4th place winners Caroline Bernardy, Kay Stanley, Barbara O’Connor, and Sally Pher.

1st-4th place winners Caroline Bernardy, Kay Stanley, Barbara O’Connor, and Sally Pher.







1st & 2nd Place Tie with 610 points

Barbara O’ Connor, New Braunfels, & Sally Pehr, Houston.

 3rd Place with 590 points

Caroline Bernardy, Rockport

4th Place with 580 points

Kay Stanley, Rockport

5th and 6th place tie with 560 points

Lois Cole, Rockport, & Ellin Royds, Houston.

7th Place with 505 points

Sherrie Addington, Rockport

8th, 9th & 10th Place Tie with 500

Nonien Fink, Rockport, Olivia Fisher, Houston, & Anna Zander, Houston.

The Mah Jongg Tournament created in 1995 by Nancy Melcher, past president and board member, is an annual two-day event for 120 players.  A fun tournament for individuals throughout the state of Texas the tournament has a reputation for competitiveness and hands out numerous cash prizes. The Rockport Country Club hosts the tournament which also includes a Thursday evening wine reception at the Museum kicking off the tournament. This is the first fundraiser of the year for the museum and brings in Mah Jongg players from all over the state.


Rockport Festival of Wine & Food  Memorial Day weekend


The Rockport Festival of Wine and Food was established in 1996 as an annual fundraiser for the Museum, and is the largest fundraiser for the year.  The festival helps raise the needed operational funds for the Museum, but also provides a venue for entertainment and fun.  Over 2,500 visitors from 26 plus states are welcomed on the grounds of the Museum to experience wine, VIP wine tasting, lectures, food vendors, live bands, shopping vendors and beer booths.  Wine may be purchased by the taste, glass, bottle or case and this is the only festival of its kind that allows you to try expensive vintage wines by the glass. Over 300 local volunteers are recruited for the 2 day event to insure the continuity of activities.  Visit the events website at


Bastante July

The John Uhr Memorial Billfish Tournament kicked off July 2012 providing the Museum the opportunity to partner with other local 501(c)3 charities to honor the life of “Little John” Uhr who was inducted into the Perry Bass Sports fishing Hall of Fame spring 2009.  Captain John Uhr lost his battle with cancer at the age of 49.  The tournament stems from Johnny’s younger years and his first boat named Bastante.  Little John was an avid angler and boat captain!  The Texas Maritime Museum is honored to be a part of the annual event in Rockport every July.

Belle Ball December


The 18th Annual La Belle Ball was held Friday December 6, 2013 at the Rockport Country Club. This years celebration was the kick off to the Texas Maritime Museum’s 25th Silver Anniversary, to be commemorated the entire 2014 year.

Since 1996, the Texas Maritime Museum has begun the holiday season with Rockport’s elite black-tie gala, where guests and patrons unite to support the Museum’s most elegant fundraising event.  Over the last 17 years, the countless hours spent by committees and volunteers on planning and shaping the event have produced net proceeds exceeding $500,000 to the benefit of the Museums operation and education budget.

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