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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

First Night Monterey

Mission

The mission of First Night Monterey, Inc. is to bring families together and unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts, to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts and to celebrate families and community through workshops and the New Year‘s Eve celebration. First Night Monterey programs are designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to broaden and deepen public appreciation of the arts. The centerpiece of First Night Monterey is our alcohol-free celebration on New Year's Eve in downtown Monterey.

The Big Idea

First Night Monterey brings families together and unites a diverse community to foster the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts and to celebrate families and community through workshops and the New Year‘s Eve celebration. First Night Monterey programs—not just on New Year’s Eve, but year-round—are designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. The centerpiece of First Night Monterey is their alcohol-free celebration on New Year’s Eve in downtown Monterey. After canceling numerous events this year due to social distance protocols, First Night is turning to the virtual world for their annual New Year’s Eve event to ring in 2021. They look forward to celebrating online, joining forces with other First Night events from the East Coast to the West Coast.

As the founders of First Night Monterey in 1993, we have admired First Night’s team for their continued dedication to excellence as well as their continued passion for sharing the unique combi- nation of arts and youth and community values that have been the hallmark of First Night since the very first celebration in Boston in 1976. First Night is unique and powerful—connecting and uniting our neighbors who discover and celebrate each other’s talents and focus on the positive as we enter a new year. One of our favorite aspects has been the way that First Night follows the tradition of community engagement programs throughout the year, creating new opportunities for expression, cultural connections, and excitement for our youth and families throughout the region.

- Paulette Lynch Ken Petterson

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.