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Local Charities Benefit from Big Sur Marathon

The Big Sur International Marathon distributed almost a quarter million dollars in grants to 80 organizations on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur at a reception Thursday evening in Monterey. Since its inaugural event in 1986, the Big Sur International Marathon has distributed more than $4 million in grants, primarily to organizations that have helped stage the race. Scout groups, youth and arts organizations, the local military and schools are among the beneficiaries. From last April"�s 30th annual Big Sur International Marathon, $247,000 was distributed to 80 groups (see list below). "�In keeping with its mission statement to give back to the community, the Big Sur Marathon makes a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our community,' said John Mutty, chair of the Big Sur Marathon Board of Directors. "�We are honored to help those that are allowing us to fulfill our goals of staging a world class event.' The Big Sur International Marathon is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded primarily by race registrations, sponsor contributions, and individual donations. 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. Collectively, 12 organizations from outside the County raised more than $250,000 for such organizations as Lazarex Cancer Foundation, Inheritance of Hope, Children of Peru, the Boomer Esaison Foundation and others. "�With a combination of charity fund raising and our own grants, we provide almost a half million dollars each year, a significant amount for a race of our size,' said Doug Thurston, Executive Director of the Big Sur International Marathon. This year"�s grant recipients are included below. American Red Cross Apple Pie SchoolAria 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 Big Sur Friends of Library Bridge Restoration Ministry Calif Nursing Students Assoc. of MPC Captain Cooper School Parent Club Carmel Highlands Volunteer Fire Carmel Host Lion Club Carmel Mission Foundation Carmel Valley Community Youth Center Central Coast Athletics-Fury Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers CERT Monterey Child Abuse Prev. Council, Mont Health Community Partnership for Youth CSUMB Return of the Natives CSUMB Marine Science Club Del Rey Woods PTA Fairview 4-H Fire Safe Council for Monterey County Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Center Friends of Monterey Public Library Gazebo School/Park Girl Scout Artemis Leadership Camp Girl Scout Destination Girl Scout Troop 30626 Girls Inc. of Central Coast (Seaside High) Hartnell College Physics Club Henry Miller Memorial Library Hope Services 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 Elementary School PTA Marina High School AVID program Marina High School Cross Country Marina High Honor Society Mid-Coast Fire Brigade Mission Trail Lions of Carmel Monterey Bay Gymnastics Assoc. Monterey County Assoc. of Realtors Monterey County Habitat for Humanity Monterey High Cross Country Boosters Monterey High Wrestling Club Monterey Peninsula Voices MPC Children's Center MPC Environmental Club Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club Navy Supply Corps Fdn - Monterey Chapter Old Capitol Lions Club PGHS Lacrosse (payable to PG Kiwanis) PGHS Spanish Club PGHS Track & Field PGHS Wrestlers Pacific Grove Middle School Peacock Acres Rancho Cielo Youth Campus Rising Star Gymnastics Booster Club Robert Down School PTA Saint Mary's Youth Group San Carlos School Santa Catalina School Seaside Aquatic Club Seaside High Cross Country Seaside High Girls Softball Sports Professions & Recreation Careers Academy Troop 2, Boy Scouts of America Troop 43, Boy Scouts of America Troop 60, Boy Scouts of America Troop 90, Boy Scouts of America Troop 127 Boy Scouts of America Ventana Wildlife Society Venture Crew 122 Victory Outreach Salinas White Stag Leadership York School

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