David and Laurie Benjamin of Carmel Valley were honored with the Community Foundation for Monterey County's Distinguished Trustee award Wednesday at a reception celebrating the foundation's milestone of issuing more than $100 million in grants since its founding.
Foundation board chairman Craig Johnson cited the couple's community service on a variety of boards and charitable foundations, including All Saints, Chartwell and Robert Louis Stevenson schools, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and the foundation.
As recipients of the award, presented at Corral de Tierra Country Club, the Benjamins were entitled to issue a $10,000 foundation grant to the nonprofit organization of their choice.
They elected to divide it among Community Hospital, Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Panetta Institute for Public Policy.
"You are here for the greater good," Sylvia Panetta, president of the Panetta Institute, said of the Benjamins. "Peter and Laurie are working for something bigger than themselves."
Foundation president and CEO Dan Baldwin recalled its history, beginning as the Monterey Foundation in 1945 to preserve historic adobes, moving on to saving open spaces, and finally to supporting charitable organizations.
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