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Spring/Summer 2020

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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 87 Excellence, and distributes more than $1.4 mil- lion in annual scholarship funds. As an early supporter of Rancho Cielo, the Salinas facility that provides job training and education for at-risk youth, the CFMC has assisted with infrastructure grants, donor- advised gifts and guidance on a $10 million cap- ital campaign for the new Ted Taylor Ag Vocational Center. "Dan Baldwin's professional assistance made us more successful and helped us reach our goal faster. He acts as a respected advisor in our community," says Susie Brusa, Rancho Cielo executive director. By administering more than 550 charitable funds, the foundation also reaches all corners of Monterey County. CFMC investment commit- tee member and donor Bill Doolittle has helped to raise money for everything from local Boys & Girls Clubs, to individuals impacted by the 2017 Big Sur road closure, to the Food Bank for Monterey County. The Food Bank served one in five county res- idents before the coronavirus pandemic; food security has become a more pressing issue as families face layoffs and lost wages. The organi- zation received one of the foundation's first COVID-19 Relief Fund grants. "Clearly, the need is there," says Doolittle. "The In 1961 the foundation collaborated with the Monterey History and Art Association and City of Monterey to purchase the Fremont Adobe on Hartnell Street, which was believed to be the headquarters of General John Charles Fremont in 1847. Scholarship recipient Celeste Islas addresses the crowd at the annual Women's Fund Lunch. The foun- dation awards more than 375 scholarships each year, totaling $1.4 million, thanks to generous individuals, clubs and businesses. Photo: Richard Green Photo: Richard Green

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