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We have relied on Santa Cruz County Bank for all our banking needs for over a decade. We're on a first-name basis with bankers who understand the seasonality of our business and the recent impacts of the pandemic. Dependability is everything, and our bank has come through for us every time. ~ JJ Scurich, Creekside Farms S A N T A C R U Z C O U N T Y B A N K As a community bank, our objective is to help local businesses thrive, even as economic seasons change. We're a community bank, staffed with local market experts and decision makers. So we can dig into your business and create a plan that works to your advantage. No waiting for approvals from "the folks at HQ." If you'd like some fresh ideas on how to grow your business, call us or stop by. Our team is ready to serve you with resourceful, relationship-based expertise. Like a greenhouse for business growth. S C C O U N T Y B A N K . C O M ■ 831. 457. 5000 The return of the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival The 10th Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival will be held on August 7th in beautiful down- town Salinas. The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Fes- tival is ready for year ten after postponing the 2020 event due to Covid. The celebration of the bounty of the Salinas Valley will take place in the heart of Salinas City Center from Noon – 3 p.m. on August 7, 2021. The 2021 Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival committee invites you to join them for this annual celebration of the Sali- nas Valley lifestyle and local agriculture. Sample world-class wines, beer, and food as you min- gle with familiar faces, reconnect with people and places you have missed and make new friends at this fun event. There will even be live music from two fantastic local bands filling the streets of Oldtown to add to the festivities. Admission to the festival is free and all ages are welcome, however, to participate in wine and beer tasting you must be over age 21 and purchase a wristband which are available for purchase online now. Details and ticketing information are online at www.salinasvalleyfoodan- dwine.com. Tickets are available now but are in limited supply so do not wait to get yours! Tickets are Provided photo of Sandi Eason Sandi Eason began her new position with Pacific Valley Bank in early December of 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Pacf- ic Valley Bank led the way in providing highly responsive service during that period as local ic success of the small to midsize businesses in Monterey County and ad- vance the role of diversity in the region". Eason is a senior banking executive with more than 40 years of experience in banking, financial services and lending, with broad knowledge in developing strategies that leverage relationships, community service and economic development to achieve growth and profitability through an unparalleled passion for service. Prior to joining PVB, she served as Regional Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking Group Wells Far- go Bank and is the former President and CEO of Coast Commercial Bank. "As a fourth-generation Monterey County resi- dent, the opportunity to give 100% of my efforts in my own backyard is an honor. I am excited to be part of this communi- ty bank with a strategic focus on supporting our small business commu- nity here in Monterey County," said Eason. "I am looking forward to working with this incred- ible and diverse team to deliver on our mission to create an exceptional customer experience and drive strong returns for our shareholders." Eason is often referred to as a banker with a passion to give back to those who know her best. Her community services include Chair of the board for United Way of Monterey County where she has served since 2014. She is also presi- dent-elect of IMPOWER, a Salinas-based non-prof- it committed to organiz- ing women to engage and reinvest in the communi- ty. In addition, she serves on the board of MBEP (Monterey Bay Economic Partnership) and she has served eleven years on the board of The Living Breath Foundation which supports families dealing with Cystic Fibrosis, eighteen years with the Juvenile Diabetes Re- search Foundation where she has served on the lo- cal board for the Greater Bay Area Chapter. This is just a snapshot of the more than12 communi- ty-based organizations Eason has devoted her time and talent to. "Pacific Valley Bank provides me with a truly unique opportunity to use my broad experience to continue to build an in- novative, community-ori- ented and purpose-driven commercial bank," said Eason. "our mission to support the growth of small businesses and the broader community is in- spiring. I'm thrilled to be part of this entrepreneur- ial leadership team." Eason is a 4th genera- tion Monterey County resident and her family, including her children and grandchildren, represent six generations that call Monterey County their home. For more information, please visit pacificvalley- bank.com businesses were eager to secure PPP funding. That same commitment contin- ues to be unwavering now that the local economy is emerging on the other side of the pandemic. The bank is even more prepared to flourish under her leadership. "We are delighted to have the depth and breadth of experience that Sandi brings to Pacific Valley Bank and to our leadership team," said Anker Fanoe, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Valley Bank. "Sandi's extensive banking experi- ence, along with her deep management, lending and operations expertise will accelerate our mission to contribute to the econom- Summer 2021 Central Coast A Special Advertising Supplement to Monterey Herald and Santa Cruz Sentinel. July 30, 2021 Pacific Valley Bank's Sandi Eason Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer brings a wealth of experience to her new role Ocean Mist Farms Awards 2021 academic scholarships $55 in advance or can be purchased at the event on August 7, 2021 for $65. Military discount tickets are available for $45 with a valid Military ID. The Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival is dedicated to increasing awareness of local wine, beer, and food. A portion of the proceeds from each year's festival is donated to local charities. This year, a donation will be made to Ag Against Hunger. Ag Against Hunger partners with local growers, processors, and shippers to help end hun- ger by "gleaning" fresh, Ocean Mist Farms, the leading grower and mar- keter of fresh artichokes in the U.S., is pleased to announce the 2021 schol- arship recipients. Since 2018, the Ocean Mist Farms Academic Schol- arship Program annually awards seven scholarships to recipients who demon- strate the guiding values of Ocean Mist Farms – integrity, quality, passion, and success – with $1,000 toward their college tuition. "We are thrilled to announce our scholarship recipients for the class of 2021," said Jonelle Wong, Serafin Ruiz (Operations Manager, Sea Breeze Har- vesting – Castroville). Layla will be attending UCLA and majoring in Biology. • Victoria Sager, daughter of Jonelle Wong (Oper- ations Controller, Ocean Mist Foods – Castroville). Victoria is currently at- tending San Jose State and was awarded her Bache- lor's Degree in Commu- nication from San Diego State University. PUBLIC SCHOLAR- SHIP WINNERS • Erick Torres will attend Stanford Univer- sity (North Salinas High School) Majoring in Aerospace Engineering • Katherine Hodges has been accepted to Pep- perdine, St. Marys, UC Davis, UC San Diego and UCLA (Notre Dame High School) Majoring in Human Biology, Pre Med. • Lena Noya will attend Brown University (Santa Cruz High School) Majoring in Neuroscience. • Consuelo Vidal-Perez will attend USC (Watson- ville High School) Majoring in Law, History and Culture. • Julia Hicks will attend Boise State University Honors College (San Beni- to High School) Majoring in Criminal Justice. The scholarships are open to local residents of Monterey, Riverside, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and submissions require an essay, letters of refer- ence, completed schol- arship application and proof of higher education acceptance. For more information, please view the applica- tion and full list of re- quirements at: oceanmist. com/scholarship-program. Scholarship Committee Chairperson at Ocean Mist Farms. "At Ocean Mist Farms, one of the most rewarding things we do each year is to support our local students through this scholarship program. We look forward to con- tinuing in this tradition of recognizing students for their hard work for years to come." After reviewing 23 ap- plications, the committee selected seven students to receive the $1,000 scholarship: DEPENDENT SCHOL- ARSHIP WINNER • Layla Ruiz, daughter of Provided photos of scholarship recipients healthy surplus fruits and vegetables to food banks and schools. For more information about participating as an event sponsor, being a vendor, to purchase tick- ets, or to volunteer, visit salinasvalleyfoodandwine. com.

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