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 20th annual Mah Jongg Tournament! This was our biggest year ever with 148 players from three states, and 35 cities in Texas!  Join us on January 29th and 30th, 2016 for the Tournament’s 21st year, “The Year of the Monkey”. This year’s winners are:

winners_2015smallL-R: 2nd Place-Evelyn Myers, 3rd Place-Barbara Huggins, 6th Place-Doreen Leibovitz, 4th Place-Carol Samet, 5th Place-Linda Rimes, 8th Place-Barbara Wallen, 10th Place-Joyce Garner, 9th Place-Pat Coym, 7th Place-Martha Ewing, and 1st Place-Cleo Tapp


1st  Place Tie with 640 points

Cleo Tapp

2nd Place with 570 points

Evelyn Meyers

3rd Place with 565 points

Barbara Huggins

4th, 5th and 6th place tie with 515 points

Carol Samet, Linda Rimes, Doreen Leibovitz

7th Place with 510 points

Martha Ewing

8th Place with 490 points

Barbara Wallen

9th Place with 480 points

Pat Coym

10th Place with 475 points

Joyce Garner

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 served as an exquisite prelude to the holiday season.  Capturing the magic of Christmas, the ballroom of the Rockport Country Club was brimming with sparkling splendor for the black-tie affair benefiting the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport.

Belle Ball paid 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 were welcomed with the Vessels of Mercy Ensemble’s performance of Christmas chamber music and a cocktail reception,which was followed by an elegant seated dinner.  A Big Board Auction featured 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 reached a crescendo when Houston’s Ezra Charles, the King of Jazz, took center stage with music for dancing.

Underwriters included 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.

The 2014 Belle Ball was chaired by Sally Huff and Hugh Jamieson.  Committee chairs included 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: