Our Epic Riders have returned from their incredibly successful journey. The Riders spent 33 days on the road, traveling to the east-most American Legion Post up in northeastern Maine, all the way back to our little bit of paradise on the California Central Coast. Now we celebrate their return with an Epic Homecoming.
On Sunday, October 22nd from 12pm through 3pm, welcome the Riders home at American Legion Post 31 in Salinas, California. An Epic feast is being prepared, with your choice of chicken or ribs, rice, beans, salad, roll, and a cookie for $12 with advanced ticket purchase or $15 at the door. For $20 you get the super combo of chicken AND ribs, what a deal!
Proceeds from the luncheon will support young Veterans attending the Student Veterans of America National Convention, and further support the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation in their fundraising efforts for Phase 2 of our Central Coast Veterans Cemetery.
Post 31 is located at 14 W. Laurel Drive in Salinas, California. See the attached flyer for further information and contacts for purchasing tickets. Please join us and thank these fine gentlemen for their incredible efforts on behalf of our Veterans. Tales from the road will provide suitable entertainment for adults and kids.
Flyer: Legion Riders – Homecoming flyer – Final 10-6-17
On August 4, 2016, IRS notified CCVCF that its application for recognition as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) was approved. Further, IRS determined this approval to be retroactive to CCVCF’s initial exemption date of March 1, 2002. As a Public Charity, all contributions to CCVCF may be deductible for federal and state income tax purposes.
A bit of history – when CCVCF was first established, its founders applied for exemption under Section 501c3. At that time, IRS erroneously determined CCVCF was a cemetery corporation, owing to its purpose to raise funds for the establishment of the Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery. The State of California, in an odd twist of promptness, determined that CCVCF was exempt under California law as a Section 23701d Public Charity, the state equivalent of IRS 501c3 exemption. CCVCF appealed the IRS ruling back in 2002, which appeal was denied. While the 501c13 status had no adverse impact on whether contributions received by CCVCF were tax deductible for the donor (they were), it did prove to be a barrier to fundraising; particularly as a roadblock to applying for grants and foundation support.
Fast forward, CCVCF resubmitted an application to IRS for conversion from 501c13 to 501c3. The application review process took a bit longer than expected, though in the end it has been worth the wait. CCVCF Board and Management is grateful to IRS for this recognition of its charitable purpose. Diligent efforts are underway to develop grant applications and foundation support for the next segments of the complete Cemetery plan. CCVCF is also preparing written correspondence to all its past donors notifying them of our upgraded charitable status. If you have any questions about this change, your past donor history, or any other questions about the Cemetery, please do not hesitate to call us at (831) 218-1780.
October 15, 2013
For Immediate Release
California accepts $6.7 million federal grant to build Fort Ord veterans cemetery
WASHINGTON –The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) sent a letter to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs announcing its intention to participate in the federal Veterans Cemetery Grants Service Program to build the California Coast State Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord. The $6.7 million grant will cover all construction costs associated with building Phase 1: Columbarium of the cemetery. The state can apply for future grants to build the additional phases of the cemetery.
“With CalVet’s acceptance of the federal grant, California has made clear its intent to finally build a veterans cemetery at Fort Ord,” said Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. “Central Coast veterans worked hard to make this dream a reality and through a partnership with the state and federal government, that hard work has paid off with today’s news.”
Additionally, the California Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez announced today that he plans to provide $1 million in matching funds for the cemetery project. The funds will go towards the $2.6 million non-reimbursable costs under the grant program to build the cemetery. That state has already appropriated $1 million in funds for the construction of the cemetery. The planned $2 million from the state will supplement the $600,000 raised by the local veterans. When combined with the $6.7 million federal grant, it will provide the entire $9.3 million necessary to build the first phase of the cemetery.
“Speaker Pérez’s continued support for veterans has helped move this project forward,” said Farr. “Today he reaffirmed his commitment and the state’s commitment to honor our local veterans’ sacrifices by building a cemetery at Fort Ord.”
Fort Ord was the largest training base in the western United States and was the major staging ground for operations in the Pacific. Many World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans trained at the former Army base.
When the base was closed in 1994, to honor that connection to many of today’s veterans, land was set aside by the Fort Ord Reuse Authority for the construction of the cemetery.
A copy of the CalVet letter can be viewed at http://1.usa.gov/1bUStve
Continuing to lobby for support of Senator Bill Monning’s recently passed Cemetery funding bill, SB232, CCVCF sent an urgent letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting he sign the legislation into law. On the heels of CCVCF’s contribution of $200,000, these additional funds will be applied toward the $2.6 million requirement of the State of California to accept the US Department of Veterans Affairs cemetery grant. Read the CCVCF letter of support by clicking Support SB232. Please feel free to join CCVCF by contacting Governor Brown and urging his immediate action on this key milestone.
From Phillip Molnar, local reporter for the Monterey Herald:
“A bill now sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk could free up $1 million for the proposed veterans cemetery, whose backers are scrambling to meet a key financial deadline. The cemetery foundation needs $2.6 million by mid-October in order to prevent a major delay — or worse — in the construction schedule. The bill sponsored by state Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley, and others works by moving money from the state’s general fund to an endowment fund for the cemetery.”
Read the full article by clicking Monning SB232, and stay tuned for more updates!
Proceeds from Vince Gill’s upcoming concert at the Sunset Center in Carmel, CA will support the CCVCF. A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to support the Cemetery. We are most grateful for the support of Mr. Gill, the Sunset Center, and the members of our community that have made this fundraiser possible. Tickets are still available. Call the Sunset Center at 831.620.2048 or visit online at SunsetCenter.org.