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



Belle Ball December




On Friday evening, December 5, 2014, the 19th Annual Belle Ball will serve as an exquisite prelude to the holiday season.  Capturing the magic of Christmas, the ballroom of the Rockport Country Club will be brimming with sparkling splendor for the black-tie affair benefiting the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport.

This year’s Belle Ball will pay tribute to a distinguished honoree, Dr. Clive Cussler, renowned author and founder of the National Underwater & Marine Agency, (NUMA), an organization which dedicates itself to the discovery of historically significant lost ships.  In addition to being chairman of NUMA, Dr. Cussler is a fellow in both the Explorers Club of New York and the Royal Geographic Society in London.  He was honored with the Lowell Thomas Award for outstanding underwater exploration, and his contributions have brought a better understanding to the rich maritime history of Texas.

Patrons will be welcomed with the Vessels of Mercy Ensemble’s performance of Christmas chamber music, and a cocktail reception will be followed by an elegant seated dinner.  A Big Board Auction will feature an array of treasures, such as an exciting trip to Costa Rica, a jaunt to Fredericksburg, original art and sparkling jewels from Victoria’s Gold.  The evening will reach a crescendo when Houston’s Ezra Charles, the King of Jazz, takes center stage with music for dancing.

Advance Underwriters include First Community Bank, Deana & Paul Strunk, Nancy & Red West, Sally Huff & Hugh Jamieson, Candy & Dudley McDaniel, Chevron, O’Connor & Hewitt Foundation, H-E-B and East Texas Oilfield Supply.  Underwriter tables for 10 people may be purchased for $2,500, reserved tables for 8 people are $1,000, tickets for couples are $250 and singles for $125.  For reservations, contact the museum at 361-729-1271.

The 2014 Belle Ball is being chaired by Sally Huff and Hugh Jamieson.  Committee chairs include Garry Cate, Mary and Sig Murphy, Judy Island, Sally Reynolds, Jane Doss, Leta Laymon, Melinda Mills, Tiffanie Hoover, Deidra Cate and Kathy Roberts-Douglass, CEO, Texas Maritime Museum.

Images from last year’s Ball:

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