More than 2,100 people have bought into the Own-A-Plank campaign during the last year at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.
The blue Corian fish tiles, with the owners’ names, messages and sometimes dates engraved with white letters, are embedded in the pier deck planks and stretch from the entry ramps all the way to the end of the 1,000-foot long pier.
Conducted by the N.C. Aquarium Society, the Own-A-Plank campaign was wildly popular and successful by all accounts.
In its 26th year, the society runs the gift shops at all three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier. It also raises money for special projects and needs at each state-owned and operated facility.
For those of you who missed out on the first Own-A-plank campaign, another similar program is now under way at Jennette’s Pier.
The Angler’s Club will allow folks to show their love for the pier and leave a lasting tribute, according to the society’s Development Director Jay Barnes.
“Join us in supporting Jennette’s Pier through our Angler’s Club campaign,” he said. “Your tax deductable contribution of five hundred dollars will support the pier and help us create innovative new exhibits and programs.
“And, you’ll get to choose your own fish inscription that will be read by millions of pier visitors for years to come,” Barnes said. “The Angler’s Club is a perfect way to remember a loved one, honor a friend, or make a statement for all to see.”
With your contribution, you can select the wording of your personalized fish tile, he said. These 14-inch Corian fish are different than the original blue fish tiles—these are red in color and will be positioned under the two shade pavilions out on the pier.
Limited in number, they are hand cut, polished, and engraved with the names of your choice, then permanently embedded into deck boards, Barnes added. You can list the names of your children, grandchildren, your business, or even create a memorial to a loved one.
You can visit us here to purchase your fish, or you can call the society toll-free at 800-832-FISH (3474), ext. 2, to speak to a representative about your order.
Best of all, you can take pride in knowing that your contribution is being managed by the NC Aquarium Society, the Pier’s non-profit support group.
For each of the last several years, the Aquarium Society has earned a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading non-profit watch group.