Community Human Services, a nonprofit organization that for the past 50 years has worked to provide prevention, intervention and treatment services for substance abuse, mental health, and homelessness is celebrating its Golden Anniversary Gala. The evening celebration, which will include a dinner, an auction, and music featuring The Money Band, is set to take place Saturday at the Monterey Marriott.
“The event is a celebration of our past, present and future,” said Lenina Sanchez, the organization’s communications coordinator. She added the event is also an opportunity to recognize the organization’s joint power authorities. Community Human Services provides services to these authorities in local municipalities.
“We are proud of the accomplishments of the organization over the past 50 years and recognize that we could not have delivered on our mission without the support of our donors, volunteers, partner providers, staff and board,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez added the organization is also gearing up in conjunction with Gathering For Women on a women’s and family shelter slated to open in July 2020.
For information on the gala or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pure Insurance Championship
Once again, the stars of the PGA Tour Champions, along with the best and brightest of the First Tee joined forces on the Monterey Peninsula for the PURE Insurance Championship Sept. 24-29. The tournament paired 78 PGA Tour Champions player with 78 boys and girls, ages 14 to 18.
“In addition to the extremely competitive professional field and a stellar group of junior golfers and amateurs, the extra touches and activities created for our military, first responders, and general public make this event appealing and accessible to a broad cross-section on interests,” said Steve John, tournament director and CEO of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, in a statement.
Those touches included the set-up of a USAA Military Appreciation Pavilion boasting views of Stillwater Cove and a Family Fun Zone on the 18th Fairway. The Palmer’s 18th Green Hospitality ticket also included a full bar and catered lunch while the Chevron Eagles For Education on the seventh hole provided up to $150,000 in donations ($500 for every ball that landed on the green.)
“It’s the only tournament I participate in as a result of the amount of money raised for the First Tee,” said amateur player Rich Baccaro. “The core values combined with golf and the setting of Pebble Beach – what could be better?”
Added Baccaro’s fellow amateur player Dan Koharko, “Because it’s first for kids and that friends are here along with the ambiance of nature makes it great.”
Besides their caddies, the two amateurs were accompanied on Saturday of the tournament by walking score volunteers Claire Oetinger and Angie Yang, members of the UC Santa Cruz golf team.
About 280 local female community members and leaders attended the 34th Fall Impower Luncheon on Oct. 3 at the Corral de Tierra Country Club. Many of the attendees were dressed in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The event featured local attorney Jeannette K. Witten. Witten serves as the managing partner of Hudson Martin PC and has 20 years in transactional law experience, including business law and estate planning.
Board member Meryl Rasmussen said Witten was chosen to speak because of the unique way in which she runs her law practice, providing a full nursery for her employees and clients on-site.
“She is paving the way in a traditionally old school setting and in an aggressive type of environment by providing these services,” explained Rasmussen.
Impower Founder Margaret D’Arrigo said Impower has raised $250,000 to support women and non-profits in the community. Over 30 percent of the guests at the luncheon were there for the first time.
“This is a trend – we continue to touch new lives at every luncheon,” she said.
The event’s featured nonprofit was Breast Cancer Assistance Group of Monterey County.
Impower’s overall mission is to inspire, motivate and prepare women to engage and reinvest.
Annual Junipero Serra School Fiesta
The grounds at the Carmel Mission had kids of all ages playing games while adults enjoyed delectable bites during the 55th Annual Carmel Mission Fiesta fundraiser for Junipero Serra School on Oct. 6.
Wearing a large sombrero, School Principal Steve Henderson explained that while the event for years had included a barbecue, this time around food trucks offered a variety of cuisines designed to satisfy every culinary taste. That’s while locally donated beer from Carmel Craft Brewing Company and Peter B’s was available as was wine donated from a variety of local wineries.
“What’s important is yes, it’s a fundraiser for the school but really it’s a special community event for the whole Monterey Bay area,” said Henderson, while kids partook in tricycle races and rollicking in a Bouncer Fun House.
Henderson said that by many accounts this fiesta was the best attended in years with over 3,000 people tallied.
While Henderson said the money raised was still being calculated, he noted that the school’s students not only rose to his “90-90 Challenge” to raise $9,090 in raffle sales before the event but surpassed it.
“They broke right through it and raised $13,800,” said Henderson, who is taking students to a special pizza luncheon.
Junipero Sierra School is an American Catholic School that serves preschool through eighth grade. The school aims to nurture the moral, academic, social, artistic, and physical development of each child.