Big Sur Food & Wine Foundation’s 2022 record fundraising

For Immediate Release:December 13, 2022

New record for The Big Sur Food & Wine Foundation’s grants to beneficiaries

The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival and The Big Sur Fashion Show, projects of the Big Sur Food & Wine Foundation, are proud to announce that net proceeds of all 2022 events have resulted in $210,000.00 for distribution to the following beneficiaries:
Big Sur Fiddle Camp – Weston Call Scholarship $8000
Big Sur Fire $50,000
Big Sur Grange $5000
Big Sur Health Center $50,000
Big Sur Historical Society $4000
Big Sur Park School $10,000
Big Sur Softball $3000
Captain Cooper School – Parent’s Club $10,0000
Esselen Tribe of Monterey County – Earmarked for Cultural and Land Maintenance $8000
Keep Big Sur Wild $2,000
Mid Coast Fire Brigade $15,000
Pacific Valley School $10,000
StageKids $3000
The Big Share $8,000
The Henry Miller Memorial Library $15,000
Scholarship for Big Sur Youth (the Foundation’s own scholarship program) $5,000
Ventana Wildlife Society $4,000

The Big Sur Food & Wine Foundation, an all-volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit charitable trust, focuses its efforts on the children and families of Big Sur by providing grants to non-profits in the areas of Health, Education, Safety, and The Arts. 

“We curated a weekend of events in between two storms, so even Mother Nature supports what we do! We produced the best Fashion Show to date, and continued to be the beneficiary of both the Ferrari Event at The Barnyard and classes put on by The BitterGinger at Social Hour”, says Elsa Rivera, CFO/Events Director. 

Foundation President Aengus Wagner expands “We couldn’t do any of this without our tireless working committee & Board, Elsa Rivera and Matt Peterson (also Board members), Peggy Giles, Jennifer Haydu, Roman Reed, Laurie Smith, AmandaOliver (also a Board member), Olivia Carnahan, Gillian Bryson,  Ashley Wolff, Alicia Busa, Erin Mason, Mike Trupiano, Kari Berardi, Nicolaus Balla and Frank Pinney (Board members).

Every chef, somm, designer, model, sponsor, volunteer, venue and guest helps make our mission come to fruition”Rivera, who also serves as Executive Director for The Big Sur Fashion Show, adds “ The show was magnificent; truly one of the best yet in many ways, thanks to her Big Idea Squad who, for 2022, consisted of Kierstyn Bachmann- Berlin, Megan Patterson, Sehra Evans, Justine Englehardt, Beverly Van Pelt, Brent Sepulvedo, Magnus Toren, Sven van Rooij, Gabe Zehner and artist Christy Carico. “The sold-out show continues to be one of the most loved and memorable events of the year” 

A check presentation gathering for all beneficiaries is scheduled for 4pm on Monday, December 19th at Nepenthe Restaurant terrace. For any questions or more information about the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival or The Big Sur Fashion Show, please contact Elsa Rivera at 831-596-8105 The Foundation’s giving history can be found here:Beneficiaries – Our Giving HistoryAll our best, ElsaElsa RiveraCFO/Events Director831-596-8105Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

3 thoughts on “Big Sur Food & Wine Foundation’s 2022 record fundraising

  1. I’m just thankful that no money was given this year to ventana wilderness alliance.
    Meanwhile,big sur rec crew continues to do amazing work on boronda trail,invasive species erdication,ambassadorship and stewardship.
    All on no funding and reefer and sardines…
    I can’t imgine the impact we would have with actual funding and support.

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