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Alan Shugart

Born and raised in California, Alan Shugart attended the University of Redlands where he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics. Al played a key role in determining the future of information technology. He worked for IBM Corporation for 18 years,...

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American Culinary Federation Monterey Bay Chapter

The mission of the American Culinary Federation is to make a positive difference for culinarians internationally through education, apprenticeship, and certification, while creating a fraternal bond of respect and integrity among culinarians everywhere. ACF is the...

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CHISPA Housing

CHISPA (Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc.) is the largest private, nonprofit housing developer based in Monterey County. Since its incorporation in 1980, CHISPA has built and renovated 2,268 single-family homes and apartments for...

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Church Brothers - True Leaf Farms

Church Brothers – True Leaf Farms is a family-run produce, grower/processor and shipper based in Salinas, CA. Starting with Bruce Church, (Tom and Steve’s uncle) the Church name is an institution in Salinas Valley agriculture. As brothers, Tom and Steve have always...

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Hugo and Dolores Tottino

Hugo & Dolores Tottino were married in 1951 and have spent their entire life in Castroville. Hugo was born in 1926 and grew up in Castroville. After graduating from Salinas High, he went on to serve in the US Navy. After his return home he went to work with his...

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James Bliss and Annette Sward

The James Bliss and Annette Sward Forestry and Nursing Scholarship was created as a memorial to James Bliss in the year 2000. Jim was a resident of Monterey County, California for 25 years and active in firefighting and prevention for 38 years. Jim retired as Chief...

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Joel and Dena Gambord

Founders Joel and Dena Gambord grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and called the community of Monte Sereno home for many years. After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, Joel formed a building and land development business that focused on residential and...

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Margaret and Seba Bronson

Margaret and Seba Bronson were married in 1941 and spent their entire married lives in Castroville until their deaths in 1985 and 1986. Seba Bronson was born in 1906 and raised on a ranch in Watsonville and came to Castroville in 1926 to help his widowed sister run...

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Mary (Dean) Kier Tyler, C. L. Kier, and Andrew Kier

Mary (Dean) Kier Tyler had a teaching career that began in 1954 in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Sacramento. She taught here in Monterey County from 1956 until her retirement in 1975. She taught elementary, severely handicapped, and bilingual students, and was a...

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Monica Abbott

Monica, a North Salinas High School graduate, played softball at the University of Tennessee, was a medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she threw the first perfect Olympic game and member of the two-time world champion USA National Team. She played...

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Richard Scott Reynolds

Richard (Dick) Reynolds, ’54, attended the Robert Down Grammar School and the PGHS from 1945 through 1954. He graduated 2nd in his class with academic strengths in science and mathematics. In addition he lettered in football, basketball and track, and had a strong...

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Roger and Kate Bartels

This scholarship fund was established to celebrate the loving and generous spirits of Roger and Kate Bartels. Roger was a naval aviator and skilled plastic surgeon. During his 33 years as a surgeon, he practiced in Alabama, had private practices in Florida and...

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Taylor Farms

In 1995, Bruce Taylor and several partners founded Taylor Fresh Foods. A new company with a new vision was born – to be North America’s favorite maker of salads and healthy fresh foods. Our 10,000 employees, who include our 2,000 Salinas based Retail Team, care about...

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Women's Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County

The Community Foundation for Monterey County’s Women’s Fund invests in women and girls now to create a better future for us all. We bring resources together, identify priorities and fund solutions. Together, we are transforming the lives of women and girls and making...