Mazda Raceway Donates $43,700 in MST GoPasses to Rancho Cielo

Rancho Cielo

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has made a charitable donation of Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) monthly passes worth $43,700 to the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas.

The 460 Monterey-Salinas Transit 31-Day Basic cards are each worth $95. The passes are the result of a previous decades-long partnership between Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and MST to provide transit services to alleviate highway traffic congestion on major event race days through the use of public transportation.

”This is a meaningful gift to our youth,” said Rancho Cielo CEO, Susie Brusa. “One of the benefits of the campus is its remote and safe location.  The natural, rural setting provides opportunities for outdoor education and recreation that are not available in the urban setting. But the distance makes it difficult for students to get here, especially from South County and the Peninsula. A bus pass can make all the difference in the lives of these young people.”

Rancho Cielo is a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. The center provides educational opportunities to students who could not achieve their academic goals in a traditional school setting. The California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides support services, vocational training and job placement services. Established in 2000 on 100 acres that encompasses two lakes, hiking trails and a cultivated garden, Rancho Cielo provides rich opportunities for recreation and outdoor activities.

“A key part of SCRAMP’s original mission statement, which is still in use today, is to support our local community,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “This donation of Monterey-Salinas Transit GoPasses to a worthwhile organization like Rancho Cielo gives us a tremendous opportunity to do just that. We know they will be used to benefit some great kids.”

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca makes financial contributions throughout the year to more than 60 charities, youth groups and non-profit organizations in the Monterey Peninsula area, mostly through activities which take place during its annual major events schedule. The raceway was built in 1957 and is managed and operated by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit organization whose mission statement, in part, reads “benefiting our race fans, sponsors, charitable organizations and the community as a whole.”