Pushing HOPE Marine Industry Charity Events and BIG HOPE 1 (formerly hosted by AEP River Ops)
In 2012, Ceres Consulting LLC and its affiliate Ceres Barge Line launched BIG HOPE 1 as a signature pink barge to raise cancer awareness within the barge and towing industry. Because Ceres’ founders and employees had been so impacted by cancer, they wanted their donations to go directly to cancer patients in need of newer experimental options. After thorough research of different organizations, Mary Crowley Cancer Research was selected as the beneficiary of their program. With the ongoing generosity of the inland marine industry, the body of cancer research has advanced, and hundreds of patients at Mary Crowley have been able to receive the newest cutting-edge cancer therapies.
In the mid-1980
’s, Consolidated Grain & Barge (CGB) established an annual softball tournament for marine industry employees in the greater St. Louis area. The tradition continued through the years, and from 1999-2015, AEP River Ops organized what became a series of annual events including a seafood boil and golf, softball and kickball tournaments. In 2015, Ceres Consulting LLC stepped up to the plate to coordinate the 2016 events, with American Commercial Barge Line’s assistance as a major sponsor. The charity tournament now boasts a fresh name: Pushing HOPE Annual Marine Industry Charity Tournament. The tournament, in conjunction with inland river barge BIG HOPE 1, continues to support Mary Crowley.