Featured in the Carmel Pine Cone
October 21 - 27, 2022
By CHRIS COUNTS
ESTABLISHED TO honor a young man who died
four years ago, the Weston Call Fund has distributed
$40,000 to 10 groups working in Big Sur.
The fund was set up through the Community Foundation
for Monterey County. The recipients include the Arts
Council for Monterey County, Big Sur Fiddle Camp, the
Big Sur Grange community hall, the Big Sur Park School,
the Community Association of Big Sur, Community
Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula,
Henry Miller Memorial Library, the Los Padres Forest
Association, Stage Kids and the Ventana Wilderness
Alliance. CERV continues to support Monterey County CERT programs and provide grants to Big Sur CERT from Weston-Call-Fund.
$86,000 since 2018
While most of the groups are based in Big Sur, several
are located elsewhere but are doing work there.
“We are so grateful to those who have contributed to the
Weston Call Fund for Big Sur,” said Brian Call, Weston’s
father and chair of the fund’s advisory board. “It allows us
to continue the work of Weston in supporting the Big Sur
community in impactful and meaningful ways.”
More than $86,000 has been granted by the fund since
it was established in 2018.
As an example of how one grant will positively impact
the community, the Big Sur Grange Hall plans to use its
money to offset expenses, which will make it possible for
the group to charge a lower rate for rentals of the hall.
A unique community
The hall hosts weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meetings,
the Big Share food giveaway on Mondays, dance
classes for kids on Fridays, a workshop and performance
by Stage Kids in the summer, an annual crafts fair in the
fall and a monthly clean-up day by volunteers. The grant
will help the group add CPR classes, yoga classes, art
classes and more.
“Big Sur is a unique community,” Big Sur Grange
board member Sharon Petrosino said. “Our goal is to have
educational, historical, cultural and artistic programs for
the Big Sur community and to bring them to people at little
to no cost.”
Learn more about Weston Call HERE.