This year’s Pebble Beach Concours raised a record $2 million in charitable giving.
That was the tally announced by Pebble Beach Company CEO Bill Perocchi at a celebrity luncheon in mid-November. Perocci said that the $2,112,980 that was raised and is being distributed to local charities is up from the $1,900,461 raised in 2015.
Through its primary charitable partner, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Concours funds support more than 80 local nonprofit organizations, many of which focus on youth education, particularly literacy.
“These nonprofits help us put each dollar where it will have the most benefit, and as a result, are directly impacting our region for the better,” said Perocchi, noting that The Foundation believes education changes lives and that all children deserve access to exceptional educational opportunities.
Since its founding in 1950, the Concours has now raised more than $27 million in charitable donations that go to local charities.
Charities that benefit directly include Montage Health and the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, the Natividad Foundation, the Kinship Center and United Way Monterey County.
“People think we’re all about cars but the car world is really all about people,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Behind every great car, there are a great many people — designers, mechanics, drivers, caretakers … In addition to our entrants and judges, more than 1,200 people volunteer their time to make this event a success.”
Efforts to raise charitable donations for the 2019 Concours, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18 and will feature centennial celebrations for Bentley and Zagato are already underway. It will take place during the 100-year anniversary of Pebble Beach.
For information or to make a donation, go to www.pebblebeachconcours.net