Eastwood donates $100,000 for
Published: October 25, 2013
THE EFFORT to raise funds for
the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery at Fort Ord got another
considerable lift last week when former Carmel Mayor Clint
Eastwood made a $100,000 donation, and the same amount was
donated by Wall Street investor and Pebble Beach resident Frank
Quattrone and his wife, Denise Foderaro.
Until last week, Eastwood was in New Jersey directing “Jersey
Boys,” the film version of the Tony Award-winning musical that
documents the career of the 1960s group, The Four Seasons. When
he found out about the cemetery drive, Eastwood — who was
stationed at Fort Ord during the Korean War — immediately
donated to the cause.
“There was some talk about me making a loan, but I said I just
wanted to give $100,000,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone Wednesday.
The donation is yet another substantial contribution to
veterans by the Hollywood mega-star, who is also a major backer
of Gary Sinise’s Wounded Warrior project.
Similarly, Quattrone and Foderaro made their gift after
learning of the urgent Fort Ord cemetery fundraising effort.
“It is gratifying to see the community step forward,” Carmel Mayor Jason Burnett said. “We hope that these two gifts will inspire others and we will raise the remaining $200,000 we need by the end of the year. Not only can you now help make the veterans cemetery a reality, gifts will now be doubled.”
Once the $100,000 donations are matched, there will be enough
money to pay for the first phase of the cemetery project,
estimated to cost $9,414,000. Set on 78.7 acres of land at the
intersection of Parker Flats Cutoff and Parker Flats Roads, near
the CSUMB campus, the cemetery is expected to serve the burial
needs of area veterans for the next 100 years.
The effort to raise funds for the cemetery, recently energized
by Burnett and Monterey County Deputy District Attorney Jimmy
Panetta, has attracted several other large grants and loans to
the project, including $75,000 each in loans by Monterey
businessmen Ted Balestreri and Clay Larson.
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation also donated to the
cemetery fund a $100,000 grant and a bridge loan to the Fort Ord
Reuse Authority in the amount of $350,000, which the agency will
repay at a 1 percent interest rate. Individual donations by
Monterey County residents have also been steadily pouring in,
As a result, Burnett announced last week more than $600,000 in
local funds was needed in order for the state to accept about $7
million in federal funds that were already secured for the
Panetta said the donations are the “perfect example
of the honor and gratitude that the people of this
area have for our veterans and their families and their desire
for a veterans cemetery right here on the Central
Foderaro and Quattrone donated the $100,000 to honor their
respective war-veteran fathers. Foderaro’s dad was a submariner
in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the
USS Tusk (SS-426) on tours in Northern Europe and the Arctic.
“We hope that our contribution in honor of our fathers will
help inspire others in our community to come forward and honor
veterans in their lives,” Foderaro said.
Quattrone’s father was an Army staff sergeant who served in the
Battle of the Bulge during World War II and was preparing to
invade Japan just prior to that country’s surrender.
“Monterey County has had a long history of serving the
military, and in return, the military presence has benefited our
community in multiple ways,” Quattrone said. “We are happy to do
our part in making the promise of a veterans cemetery a reality
for our veterans and their families.”
Congressman Sam Farr, Sen. Bill Monning and Assemblyman Mark
Stone were also instrumental in obtaining federal and state
Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez provided $1 million from state
taxpayers, which will come from the Assembly’s budget. Pérez
plans to transfer money resulting from savings in the Assembly’s
own budget over the last year to the Veterans Cemetery Endowment
Donations to the cemetery can be made at
www.ccveteranscemetery.org or by calling the Community
Foundation for Monterey County at (831) 375-9712.