Carmel Magazine

Spring/Summer 2020

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science, but it's ok. But this is unfolding right in front of us, and we don't know its scale or duration. Typically after a disaster, the part of the com- munity not affected gives to those who were. But in this disaster, every- one's affected." Baldwin says the Foundation's Covid-19 Relief Fund is topping $2.5 mil- lion (as of May 1). The outpouring of help has been tremendous. Even so, the needs are streaming in faster than the cash. "We work hard to keep the cushion between what we grant and what we have. But the cushion is narrowing a little bit. Now that shelter-in-place has been extended, we're actively trying to attract resources. The need is not going away." Baldwin notes that our county does have some resources that many others simply do not—that we are looked at as a "Xanadu of wealth," but that's not the entire story. "The reality is we also have a lot—tens of thousands—of economically vulnerable people in our area, and that's our biggest concern. Not just what happens to these people now, but six months from now. How is the debt load in six months? How do they pay rent in six months?" The Community Foundation is helping fill the void with a three-tiered C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 81 Cannery Row Company, helmed by local icon Ted Balestreri, also had two company-related fundraisers cancelled or postponed by the pandemic. Cannery Row Company Chairman and CEO Ted Balestreri with Vice President of Marketing Diane Mandeville are optimistic for recovery.

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