Posted by: Stan Russell | August 4, 2017

Local Charities Benefit from 2017 Big Sur Marathon

August 3, 2017
Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director
831-625-6226 / Julie

Local Charities Benefit from 2017 Big Sur Marathon

87 Groups Honored at Annual Grant Reception

The Big Sur International Marathon distributed more than a quarter million dollars in grants to 87 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur at a reception Monday evening in Monterey.

Scout groups, youth and arts organizations, community service groups and schools were among the many beneficiaries receiving funding from the 32nd annual Big Sur International Marathon held in April. Overall, $265,000 was distributed to 87 groups (see list below). Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon organization has distributed more than $5 million in grants, primarily to organizations that have helped stage both the full and half marathons events.

“We’re incredibly indebted to these groups that help us stage our world class marathon,” said Tom Rolander, board chair of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. “Our mission statement includes giving back to the community which we’re able to do thanks to these committed volunteer organizations.”

In addition to supporting local groups, the marathon is also a vehicle to assist charitable organizations in their own fund raising efforts. Individuals sign up to run the Big Sur race while obtaining sponsors for their cause. Several hundred thousand dollars were raised to benefit 15 national and regional charities from participation in April’s Big Sur International Marathon.

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded primarily by race registrations, sponsor contributions, and individual donations.

This year’s locally-based grant recipients are included below.

American Red Cross
Apple Pie School
Big Sur – Friends of the Library
Big Sur Charter School
Big Sur Grange
Big Sur Health Center
Big Sur Historical Society
Big Sur Learning Project/Stage Kids
Big Sur Unified School District
Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade
Boosters at Rising Star
Calif Nursing Students Assoc of MPC
Captain Cooper School Parent Club
Carmel High School Track and Field
Carmel Host Lion Club
Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers
CERV Monterey
Child Abuse Prev. Council, Mont Health
Community Partnership for Youth
Del Rey Woods PTA
Delta Omega Rho
Fairview 4-H
FN MOC Fleet Numerical
Friends of Monterey Public Library
Fury Fastpitch (formerly Central Coast Fury)
Girl Scout Artemis Leadership Camp
Girl Scout Destination
Girl Scout Troop 30609
Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High)
Hartnell College Physics Club
Henry Miller Memorial Library
International School
Japanese Language School
Junior League of Monterey County
Junipero Serra School – Washington Program
Juvenile Impact Program
Kinship Support Unlimited
Kiwanis Club of Pacific Grove
Knights of Columbus Council 4593
La Mesa PTA
MAOS: Monterey Academy of Oceanographic Science
Marina High Honor Society
Marina High School Cross Country
Marina High School Link Crew
Mid-Coast Fire Brigade
Middlebury Institute (MIIS)
Mission Trail Lions of Carmel
Monterey Bay Gymnastics Assoc.
Monterey County Assn of Realtors
Monterey County Habitat for Humanity
Monterey High Cross Country Boosters
Monterey High Wrestling Club
Monterey Peninsula Dental
Monterey Peninsula Voices
MPC Alpha Gamma Sigma
MPC Children’s Center
Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club
Navy Supply Corps Foundation Monterey Chapter
Old Capitol Lions Club
P.G. Middle School Staff
Pacific Grove Music Boosters
PGHS Breaker Girls
PGHS Lacrosse (payable to PG Kiwanis)
PGHS Spanish Club
PGHS Track & Field
PGHS Wrestlers
Return of the Natives
Rho-Kappa Chapter of Kappa Sigma
Robert Down School PTA
Saint Mary’s Youth Group
San Carlos School
Santa Catalina School
Seaside Dolphins Aquatic Club
Seaside High Cross Country
Seaside High Girls Softball
SPARC Academy
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
Ventana Wildlife Society
White Stag Leadership
York School

Big Sur Marathon board members Alice Crawford and Tom Rolander pose with representatives from Boy Scout Troop 43, one of 87 groups honored at the marathon’s annual grant distribution reception.



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