The First Tee of Monterey County


Peter & Cara Butler:
Board & Committee Members, Mentors, & Community Advocates

Peter & Cara's network and commitment to the community are far-reaching whether it is on the golf course or at fundraising events.  Peter has been a co-chair of the Big Z's Invitational golf tournament & Cara sits on the Z Gal's Ladies Only Invitational committee benefitting The First Tee of Monterey County.  Peter is also honored to sit on the Board of Directors of the Future Citizens Foundation , as the Co-Chair of the Development Committee, and the Pay it Forward Committee.  Peter & Cara are incredible role models as they work together when making a decision and demonstrate their passion for giving back to the community through many generous acts of kindness.

Pay It Forward Program

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Colleen Sweet: Mentor, Donor, and Scholarship Selection Committee Member

Colleen’s generosity of spirit seems unending and our gratitude for the many ways she supports our success is everlasting. For four years she has served as a volunteer mentor for Pay It Forward, and this past year she joined us on our Scholarship Selection Committee, carefully reviewing each application and interviewing and selecting finalists. So moved by the exceptional young people she met during that process, she couldn’t help but donate to a scholarship to ensure as many of them had this opportunity as possible.

Taylor Farms Center for Learning

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Eagles for Education

The 2019 PURE Insurance Championship Team Tanigawa/Iniakov won $20,000 for the Chevron STEM scholarship program in the team's name! Chevron’s Eagles for Education initiative and partnership with the PURE Insurance Championship exemplify the company’s ongoing commitment to increasing STEM education quality and access. Chevron provides resources, such as the STEM Zone, to encourage students to pursue STEM careers, and to train these future leaders in skills crucial to the well-paying jobs of the future. Chevron’s Eagles for Education program has raised over $7.2 million for non-profits such as The First Tee since 2011.

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Dave Buckingham
Recognized Coach, Certified Chapter Trainer, & the
2015 Volunteer of the Year

Dave has been an active volunteer since 2005. In 2009, Dave began The First Tee Coach program earning his way to the highest level of Recognized The First Tee Coach in 2012. Coach Dave not only embodies what we teach and role model for our participants, but Dave has also led multiple staff-development workshops. Moreover,
Dave has spent over five years developing the King City program both in-school and out-of-school programs in King City. We couldn't be more grateful for his mentorship and his advocacy for our team and for the youth of Monterey County!

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Peter is well into his fourth year as a volunteer mentor for one of the first-generation college students in our Pay It Forward Scholarship & Mentoring Program. In addition to giving of his time as a tireless advocate for his Pay It Forward scholar, Peter is also a generous donor to our program. We are in good company as one of the many programs he supports with his time, talent, and treasure, including The Boys & Girls Club, Girls, Inc., Meals on Wheels, and YOSAL, just to name a few.

Peter Henning:
Mentor, Donor, &

Committed Advocate

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Alexa Alvarez:
CSUMB Intern

Alexa has gone above and beyond in her volunteer work dedicating herself to a focus on empowering young women.  She has developed a phenomenal program for young ladies to participate in every Thursday afternoon in the Center for Learning with a focus on bully prevention, self esteem, and goal-setting.