The Consistency of Change
Carmel Magazine, which prior to 1999 was known as Carmel Style, unveiled its new name 24 years ago. The first issue of the newly branded magazine came out in 2000, and a young Tiger Woods graced that first cover. Woods won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links that year. So much has happened since then. Both in Wood’s case and for the game itself. There is no doubt that the coming years will be full of surprises and life changing events, as it’s all part of this roller coaster of life we are on.
Our cover story features Bing Crosby and the story of how the Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach came to the Monterey Peninsula 77 years ago. Pebble Beach historian and author Neal Hotelling provides amazing detail and history on the beginning of the tournament and how it continued to evolve over the years. The format for this year is a radical departure from years past, as the PGA has moved to making the tournament a “Signature Event,” with a smaller field of players (just five celebrities), a much larger purse to attract more marquee professional players, two courses instead of three, and other significant changes.
We also have a preview story introducing the rebirth of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the changes anticipated along with some of the confirmed players for this year. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation remains committed to raising large sums of money for charity and changing lives in our communities through grants and donations. They doled out almost $18 million last year.
The philanthropy in this area is incredible. Much of it goes entirely under the radar but we have so many organizations and individuals who do such amazing work to help those in need. It makes me proud to be a resident of the Monterey Peninsula. I hope we can all find ways to help support those less fortunate this year.
There is a strong contingent of people and organizations here who focus on positive change. Many of them have been featured in the pages of this magazine over the years. One such group is Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) who are featured in this issue as they reach the 25-year mark and hit the milestone of 25,000 animals served. The nonprofit is a group that does great work as a foster-based rescue organization. Their main goal is finding those animals at the local shelters that are at risk of being euthanized and placing them in foster homes, awaiting their adoptions. They work with many other local agencies and offer services including performing much needed spay and neuter procedures to help minimize the over population of feral cats, for example.
I personally witness this on a regular basis, as my wife, Kelli, volunteers with Our Neighborhood Pet Project, a new nonprofit for which she fosters kittens. Kelli is often making trips to Ryan Ranch to drop off kittens at AFRP’s clinic to have them spayed or neutered. She always talks about how great their staff is. Our Neighborhood Pet Project also utilizes the services of SNIP Bus who are equally amazing. We usually have five to 10 foster kittens here at our home at any given time, as Kelli is constantly working to get the kittens healthy and socialized and ready for their new homes. This work improves the quality of life for both the adopters and the adoptees. To see the love that people have when they leave with their new kittens is very cool. There are many other great nonprofits helping animals locally, including the SPCA, Peace of Mind Animal Rescue, Max’s Helping Paws, SCAR, Golden Oldies, Community Cat Allies, Heading Home Animal Rescue, Best Life TNR & Rescue, and more.
Happy Holidays and stay healthy and safe!