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California Rodeo Salinas gives back to Local Non-Profits Over $350,000 to benefit organizations in the Salinas Valley

SALINAS, CA, August 17, 2012 – The California Rodeo Salinas is a premier event in the community, non only because of the prestige and tradition of the event, high attendance numbers and a big impact on the local economy, but because each year the organization gives back a significant amount of money to local charitable organizations. These groups often work out at the Rodeo and other events at the Salinas Sports Complex providing various services and executing vending activities such as parking cars, selling programs, selling hot dogs, bussing and cleaning various areas and more.


The grand total of charitable earnings and donations this year came to $356,579.00. The groups that earned money during the California Rodeo and other events, such as the Monster Jam in May, include:




Ag Against Hunger

Alisal Eagles

Alisal High School Sober Grad

Alvarez Titans

Atlantic Little League

Boy Scouts

Club Vasco

Continental Little League

Cub Scout Troop

EAHS Cheerleaders

Everett Alvarez High School

Friends of Rodeo

Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries

Graves School

Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

Lagunita School

Miss California Rodeo Scholarship

Monterey Bay Veterans

Northeast Rotary

Northminster Preschool

Palma High School

Public Recreation Unlimited

Relay for Life

Salinas Circle for Children

Salinas Elks

Salinas High School Interact Club

Salinas High School Math Club

Salinas High School Music Assoc

Salinas Jaycees

Salinas Pony Baseball

Salinas Shockers

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation

Seaside Softball

Salinas High School Cheerleaders

Soledad High School Mesa Program

Steinbeck Tigers

Sun Street Centers

Victory Outreach



Scholarships are also awarded each year to up to 10 local high school students. Donations were made to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Ag Against Hunger, the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (JCCF) and Friends of Rodeo. (FOR). The Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund assists injured rodeo contestants with their medical bills when they can’t compete. Friends of Rodeo’s mission is to educate the public about the sport of rodeo. The JCCF and FOR are the only two organizations on our list outside of Monterey County. All of the other non-profits are local so the money that you spend here at the Salinas Sports Complex throughout the year stays here in your community.


Representatives from several groups attended the August 16th Director’s Meeting of the California Rodeo Association to receive their checks from President Benny Jefferson.


Attached photo by Mandy Linquist.


About California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 18-21, 2013. The California Rodeo Association is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $250,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.