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Local Charities Benefit From Big Sur Marathon

To date, $2.9 million has been donated throughout Monterey County.

To date, $2.9 million has been donated throughout Monterey County.

From: Running USA

In keeping with its mission statement, the Big Sur International Marathon has continued its support of local charities through distribution of grant funding. For 2012, $220,000 in grants were awarded to 76 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and in Big Sur.

Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon has been able to provide grant funding, primarily to organizations that help stage the race. Scout groups, youth and arts associations, health organizations, volunteer fire brigades, school programs and others are among the beneficiaries.

“The Big Sur Marathon makes a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our community,” noted race chairman Wayne Richey. “We want to help those that are helping us fulfill our goals of staging a world class event.”

The Big Sur International Marathon is a 501(c)3 non profit organization whose mission is to serve the community by producing a world-class marathon and related fun events that raise money to benefit local charities, while promoting health and fitness. The primary source of funding is from sponsor contributions and individual donations.

To date, $2.9 million has been donated throughout Monterey County from the marathon. An additional $377,000 has been donated to groups from the newer Half Marathon on Monterey Bay and directly to schools from the annual Schools’ Competition held during marathon weekend.

The grants were awarded at an annual reception held Tuesday, October 16 at Ferrante’s atop the Monterey Marriott. A complete list of recipients is included below.

American Red Cross

Apple Pie School

Big Sur Charter School

Big Sur Grange

Big Sur Health Center

Big Sur Learning Project

Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade

Big Sur Friends of Library

California Nursing Students Assoc of MPC

Captain Cooper School Parent Club

Carmel High School Girls Swim/Dive

Carmel High Track & Field/Cross Country

Carmel Highlands Emergency Response Program

Carmel Highlands Volunteer Firefighters

Carmel Host Lion Club

Carmel Mission Catholic Youth Ministry

Carmel Mission Foundation

Carmel Valley Community Youth Center

Carmel Youth Center

Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services

Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers

Child Abuse Prev. Council, Monterey County Health Dept.

Community Partnership for Youth

Cypress Fire, Company 72

Fire Safe Council for Monterey County

Friends of Monterey Public Library

Gazebo School/Park

Girl Scout Artemis Leadership Camp

Girl Scout Destination

Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High)

Hartnell College Physics Club

Henry Miller Memorial Library

International School

Japanese Language School

Junipero Serra School Washington Program

Juvenile Impact Program

Kinship Center

Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove

Knights of Columbus

Marina High National Honor Society

Mid-Coast Fire Brigade

Monterey County Association of Realtors

Monterey Community Emergency Response Volunteers

Monterey County Habitat for Humanity

Monterey High Cross Country Boosters

Monterey High Wrestling Club

Monterey Peninsula Choral Society

Monterey Peninsula Diving

Monterey Peninsula Gymnastics Assoc.

Monterey Peninsula Supply Corps Association

MPC Child Development Center

Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club

Old Capitol Lions Club

Pacific Grove High Boys Soccer

Pacific Grove High Breaker Wrestling

Pacific Grove High Music Boosters

Pacific Grove High Track and Cross Country Dept

Pacific Unified School District

Rising Star Gymnastics Booster Club

Robert Down School PTA

Salinas Valley Pony Softball

Santa Catalina School

Seaside High Cross Country/Track

Seaside High Girls Softball

Troop 123, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 127, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 2, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 43, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 60, Boy Scouts of America

Troop 90, Boy Scouts of America

Upper Reaches

Ventana Wildlife Society

Venture Crew 122

White Stag Leadership

York School

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