Events and Other Community Programs

The Marina Foundation Events and Related Fundraising

The following programs are special events to raise funds at specific times of the year.  They are:

Don Livermore Scholarship For Marina High School - Don's Bingo Bonanza TBD.

Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship For Marina High School -  The Marina Foundation is partnering with Wreaths Across America so that donations can be made for a Christmas wreath to go to either to our new California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery or Arlington National Cemetery or so that one can purchase a wreath and donate one (called a Patriot Pair). Order by November 28. Attend the local ceremony at the CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery, on Saturday, December 17th.

Marina Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Vince DiMaggio Park. This free family event is held the first Friday in December. This year it will be on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Co-hosted with the City of Marina, the tree lighting is an annual tradition that brings the community together in the spirit of the holidays. The event is held on the first Friday in December at Vince DiMaggio Park. Every year, the same tree is decorated with lights, and illuminated for the community to celebrate and enjoy during the holidays.

Highlights & Impact
■ A 35-40 ft. living evergreen in the park is the designated Christmas tree.
■ Donations are used for the ceremony (music, cookies, candy canes, hot drinks, etc.) and new lights for the tree when necessary.
■ Santa and Mrs. Claus always make an appearance
■ A band plays Christmas music so attendees can sing carols.
■ The tree’s elevated location makes the lights visible at night for the remainder of the season.

Jack Stewart College Scholarship - Golf Tournament TBD.

Marina Man and Woman of the Year Awards

The Marina Foundation holds an annual fundraising and silent auction event as part of the Marina Man and Woman of the Year Awards ceremony. The Marina Foundation is proud to continue this long running community award program given annually to outstanding Marina citizens. Nominations are for individuals who have served the Marina community with distinction during the calendar year and over a period of years. Two awards – Man of the Year and Woman of the Year - are presented at the event. Awardees for each year are selected by a panel consisting of past recipients of the award.

The Marina Community Non-Profit Summit

The Marina Community Nonprofit Summit is an annual event hosted by The Marina Foundation. It was created so that local nonprofits could discuss their current programs and projects as well as seek input on what types of programs and activities the community would like to see in the future. This networking opportunity is open to all Marina nonprofit organizations and those who work with the Marina community. They are encouraged to send a representative to this free community event.

Highlights & Impact
■ The summit is a chance for nonprofits to see how they can partner or otherwise help each other.
■ Each nonprofit representative is allotted two to three minutes to talk about their activities, goals, and objectives.
■ Sharing information prevents nonprofits from duplicating efforts and enables to them to focus on areas that are truly unaddressed.

The Marina Community Non-Profit Summit, hosted by The Marina Foundation, was created to provide a venue for local non-profits to get together to review and discuss programs and projects that are currently in place, and to seek input on the types of programs and activities the community would like to see implemented now and into the future. All Marina non-profit organizations are encouraged to send a representative to this free community event. 

Marina Food Distribution Programs

The Marina Foundation initiated a weekly food supplement program to keep local seniors from risking COVID-19 transmission. Working with the Food Bank for Monterey County and the City of Marina, a no-contact, drive-through out of Los Arboles Middle School/Teen Center (294 Hillcrest Avenue) was set up. The program began in March 2020 and continued through July 2021.

The Foundation and the City took over the Friday family drive-through food program from the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) during spring break 2020. Created for Marina students and their families, the program also operated at Los Arboles Middle School.

Highlights & Impact
■ The Community Foundation for Monterey County provided a COVID-19 grant of $10,000 for the distribution of food to local seniors.
■ TMF received a second matching grant for $2,500 from Monterey Peninsula Engineering to fund the food distribution program for seniors.
■ TMF designed and distributed a flyer that listed all seven food distribution programs available to Marina residents as well as senior grocery hours.

Kinetic Art Project

The Marina Foundation, in conjunction with the City of Marina is taking on a long-term project to introduce Kinetic Art in and around our community.

Kinetic Art is simply defined as art that moves. This can be from a wind or energy source that causes art to move to create different patterns and/or shapes. These can be as simple as homemade whirligigs for one’s garden or yard, to massive sculptures that anchor very public spaces around our community.

It will be the goal of The Marina Foundation to make Marina the place to go in Central California to see a whole community full of kinetic art.