BIG HOPE 1 was inspired by Vince Schu and his wife Julie, who have both had their families impacted by cancer. Vince is a longtime Ceres Barge Line employee in charge of the heavy lift division and he arranged with Sherwin-Williams to donate the pink paint. Mark Fletcher convinced the extremely motivated and willing Jeffboat shipyard to put in the extra labor to paint the barge and make sure it looked exceptional on the day it was launched.