Public Recreation Unlimited’s ‘A Legendary Evening’ was a Legendary Success

Public Recreation Unlimited’s ‘A Legendary Evening’ was a Legendary Success

Fundraiser Delighted a Sold Out Crowd with an Energetic Panel of NFL Greats


Salinas, CA-March 12, 2012- Those who purchased tickets to attend ‘A Legendary Evening’ may not have known what to expect, but surely left excited about The Stadium Project and the fact that Herm Edwards, NFL Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Steve Young and Master of Ceremonies, Jim Tunney, donated their time to address the group about the great sport of football and the benefits of supporting your community with projects like this. The speakers were humorous, yet serious while discussing major issues going on in the NFL; they had a great rapport with each other and delivered an interesting panel discussion to the crowd of 471 people.

Public Recreation Unlimited and their dedicated committee had been working on this event for over a year and are proud to have achieved getting the NFL legends to attend, procuring all components of the delicious meal via donations and putting together an outstanding list of live auction items which included 12 footballs autographed by Herm Edwards, Steve Young and Ronnie Lott and delivered to the buyers via a pass from Steve Young, which was one of the highlights of the evening. Another highlight was the outstanding meal prepared by Chef Beat Giger and his team from Pebble Beach Resorts. They outdid themselves with a melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon and more. Their staff also trained and directed over 50 high school football players from North Salinas and Palma High Schools to deliver the meals to the guests. It is fitting that these players helped to put on the event as those two schools will call The Stadium their home. The Culinary Class from North Salinas High School also assisted the team from Pebble Beach Resorts. Youth and High School Cheerleaders from the Toro Bulls, Palma and North Salinas High Schools lent their spirit to the evening welcoming guests, ushering in the NFL greats and selling tickets right along side the 49er Gold Rush Cheerleaders.

The evening was a resounding success, bringing in an estimated $125,000 net profit through the live auction, ticket sales and a drawing for the ultimate tail gate package. The organizations that will use the new stadium that this money will go toward include not only North Salinas and Palma High School Football teams, but Pop Warner football teams, youth soccer leagues and the Boys and Girls Club. A total of 135 volunteers worked to make this event the tremendous success that it was. A special thank you to all of the event sponsors: Owner’s Suite Level: The Cava Family, 50 Yard Line Level: Don Chapin Co., Hayashi & Wayland, 1st Capital Bank and 30 Yard Line Level: Brent Eastman Insurance Services, California Rodeo Salinas, Chilton & House LLP, Colorful Harvest and Rabobank.

Another thank you goes out to our donors:

Live Auction Donors

Mission Ranches Company, LLC

San Jose Giants

Trey Busch & Aon Risk Insurance

Monica Abbott

Ron Clements

Sam Eastman

Warren Wayland

Mark House-Sports Gallery

Oakland Raiders

Oakland A’s Athletics

California Rodeo Salinas

Granite Construction

Richard Dorr-Discovery Charters

Stephen Goldman

NH3 Service Company-Jim Lipe

San Jose Sharks

Gib Papazian-Lucky Strike Farms

Alan Shipnuck

Phil Johnson

Salinas Golf & Country Club

Struve & Laporte Funeral Home

Alta Vista Mortuary

Michael Olmstead

Gary and Joan Vincenz

Boekenoogen Winery

Talbott Vineyards

Bernardus Winery

Mike Cling- The Sports Gallery

Coors Rodeo

Dan & Linda Russell-Western Rodeos


In-Kind Donations

Peninsula Business Interiors


Mission Linens

Riddell-Rick Carl

A/V Solutions, Inc.

Jim Tunney Youth Foundation

Martella Printing & Graphic Design



Butch Lindley

Kevin Richardson


Food Donations

Harris Ranch

Del Mar Seafood- Joe Roggio


Berkeley Farms

Star Market

Sumano Bakery

Sam Jenkinson

Starbucks Coffee-South Main & North Main Streets


Dinner Preparation

Pebble Beach Resorts-Chef Beat Giger and his Culinary Team






Scheid Vineyards



Special Thanks to Our Volunteers

Palma High School

North Salinas High School

Salinas High School

Toro Bulls

Vicki Andrus

Holly Harris



About Public Recreation Unlimited


Public Recreation Unlimited is a 501C3 charitable non-profit organization that was formed in 1970 raise funds from the public in order to place needed improvements on property devoted to recreational purposes. Since its inception, this group has raised millions of dollars for projects in Sherwood Park such as the renovation and reconstruction of the Rodeo Grounds into today’s multi-use Salinas Sports Complex that includes not only the arena, but softball fields, an indoor soccer facility and more. Public Recreation Unlimited is now embarking on a major fundraising campaign to collect $6 million dollars to build a state of the art stadium to house high school football, soccer and more. Youth in the Salinas Valley will benefit tremendously from the efforts of Public Recreation Unlimited.






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