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  1. My Scholarship Story: Jesus Floriano-Ramirez

    Jesus Floriano Scholarship recipient

    My name is Jesus Floriano-Ramirez The Community Foundation for Monterey County has made my college experience a very memorable one. I never imagined myself attending a four-year institution or even standing in front of such a big crowd sharing my journey. I come from very humble beginnings. My parents are both immigrants from the country of Mexico. As a child...

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  2. The Adventure of Giving: Michael and Gloria Ipson

    By Amanda Holder, Community Foundation for Monterey County Director of Communications Michael Ipson, a Washington native raised in California, was attending U.C. Berkeley when he went to the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an exchange student. He met Gloria, a native of China, who was studying literature at the same campus. He proposed within seven months and they married...

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  3. Philanthropy Celebrated

    The annual Celebration of Philanthropy of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) thanks those who support and partner with the CFMC to invest in healthy, safe, vibrant communities. The 2019 reception took place at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas and was attended by more than 250 friends and supporters. See Event Slideshow Grantmaking as Catalyst for Growth...

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  4. Lydia Villarreal Honored as 2019 Distinguished Trustee

    Judge Lydia Villarreal’s vast impact on Monterey County was celebrated Wednesday, October 30, 2019 when she was honored with the   2019 Distinguished Trustee Award by the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). Each year the CFMC presents the Distinguished Trustee Award to an individual or couple who has demonstrated philanthropic leadership in our region. The award, now in its...

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  5. Honoring a Legacy: John S. Myszak Scholarship for Future Teachers

    By Cristina Medina Dirksen Communications Coordinator, Community Foundation for Monterey County Teacher John Myszak went the extra mile to instill in young people a love of learning and to prepare them for success. After putting himself through college by teaching children (and adults) ballroom dancing, he embarked on a teaching career during which he made it a point discover the way each...

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  6. Engaging for Good – 2018 Annual Report

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    You know an organization is on solid footing when new levels of success are expected each year. 2018 was no different. We granted a record $18.7 million. Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) donor advisors are more active than ever, utilizing their funds to make significant investments into Monterey County. Scholarship funding took another huge leap to $1.3 million with...

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  7. RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship – Supporting Golf’s Greatest Lessons

    RJ Harper Memorial Scholarship

    By Cristina Medina Dirksen,  Community Foundation for Monterey County Communications Coordinator There is no game bigger than golf on the Monterey Peninsula. And there was no insider as connected and beloved as RJ Harper, the Executive Vice President of Golf and Retail at the Pebble Beach Company, who passed away in November, 2017 after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer....

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