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 Saturday, April 1 from 1 - 4 p.m. See Save the Date for more information.

Captain Gordon R. Nakagawa Scholarship For Marina High School -  The Marina Foundation partners with Wreaths Across America so that donations can be made for a Christmas wreath to go to either to the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery or Arlington National Cemetery, or so that you can purchase a wreath and donate one (called a Patriot Pair). Attend the local ceremony at the CA Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in the middle of December.

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 1, 2023.

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.

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.

Upcoming EventsView All

Mar 27th

The 2023 Monterey Bay Regional Investors Symposium

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Apr 1st

Don's Bingo Fundraiser for the Marina Founders Scholarship

Don’s BINGO Bonanza! To Support The Marina Founders Scholarship …

Apr 15th

Marina Man and Woman of the Year Awards

The Marina Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 Man & Woman…