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Saturday September 26, 2015 at the Monterey Marriott

A Gala Honoring First Night Monterey's First Supporters!


We will honor our first Mayor Dan Albert, first City Manager Fred Meurer and our first Volunteer Sunny McCauley

Please join us on Saturday, September 26, 2015 for "Just the Ticket!", A Gala Honoring First Night Monterey's First Supporters! These three people were instrumental in getting First Night Monterey off to a great start! We will honor our first Mayor Dan Albert; first City Manager Fred Meurer; and first Volunteer Sunny McCauley, still volunteering strong! Enjoy conversation and wine tasting along with a silent auction, a delectable dinner, and an exciting live auction! Silent and live auctions feature exciting trips, fabulous original artwork, culinary delights and one-of-a kind experiences. Ticket sales and auction proceeds will help fund First Night Monterey and its Outreach Program, ArtWorks!

Business Owners: To sponsor a table for 10, download the Sponsor Packet or call FNM Executive Director Ellen Martin for details (831) 373-4778.


Saturday September 26, 2015
Cocktails and Silent Auction at 5:00 p.m.
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Live Auction 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Monterey Marriott Hotel
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940

Ticket Information:

Individual Tickets $99 each
$125 after September 8, 2015
No tickets will be distributed in advance; table assignments will be available at the event. Include guest names, entree choice (braised boneless short ribs, grilled salmon, vegetarian) and any seating preferences (e.g., with another couple) with your check. Check must be received at the FNM office no later than September 17, 2015. Tickets are non-refundable.

Register and Buy Tickets/Tables:

Mail checks to:
First Night Monterey
P.O. Box 185
Monterey CA 93942

Unable to attend but would like to support First Night with a contribution to honor these important First Supporters? Or add a donation to your ticket purchases.

About Our Honorees


Dan Albert

Mayor Dan Albert

Former Monterey Mayor Dan Albert enthusiastically supported First Night Monterey at its inception, and throughout his years on the City Council. A Monterey native and lifelong city resident, Dan Albert served longer as mayor than anyone in the city's history, a total of 10 two-year terms until he stepped down in 2006. He also taught for 37 years at Monterey High School which he attended while he was growing up, and where he coached varsity football for 23 years. He and his wife Joanne raised their family across the street from the high school, and still make their home there. After his retirement, the school stadium was re-named in his honor.

Elected to the city council in 1979 and as mayor in 1986, he also served on the city Parks and Recreation Commission. He was known for his leadership in supporting neighborhood improvements, development of the city's thriving tourism economy and expansion of its sister city program.

In his public service and personal relationships, he treats people with dignity and respect. As a civic leader, he exercised quiet leadership, encouraging collaboration with an always gracious and friendly manner.

Fred Meurer

City Manager Fred Meurer

Fred Meurer was the longtime city manager for the City of Monterey, and a consistent champion of First Night Monterey. He worked for the city for 27 years, including 22 years as city manager. Prior to that, as an Army lieutenant colonel, he was responsible for public works projects at Fort Ord before he began his civilian career.

His first project for the city involved the planning, development and construction of what has become the Monterey Sports Center. With the city, he oversaw construction of the coastal Recreation Trail and expansion of Window on the Bay Park. He guided the city's support for many local arts, cultural and human service organizations including First Night Monterey.

He also developed a unique municipal-military partnership in which the city of Monterey provides fire protection and other municipal services to Department of Defense installations, including the Defense Language Institute, the Naval Postgraduate School and Camp Roberts in south Monterey County. This approach, now known as the "Monterey Model" proved so successful that it is the basis for federal legislation enacted so that other communities nationwide can follow suit.

Sunny McCauley

Sunny McCauley

First Night Monterey extends its appreciation to Sunny McCauley, who was the very first "First Night" volunteer twenty-three years ago, and continues to volunteer with her husband Paul. Sunny was instrumental in starting the Outreach Program which she coordinated for five years. She has also served on the steering committee for eight years and has worked tirelessly for many years as button sales coordinator. Sunny also served as office assistant and as liaison between First Night Monterey and First Night International. She has also been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for 45 years; whatever needs to be done, Sunny is there with a laugh and good cheer. Sunny says she volunteers to expand her horizons, meet interesting people and learn new skills. First Night has learned all of those things and more by having her and Paul as part of their team.