08/24/1915 - 02/08/2020
MAKING MAMMOTH A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK, & PLAY
Fueled by the desire to have fun in our beautiful surroundings, coupled with his tenacity of getting things done, Dave McCoy made Mammoth Lakes a great place to live, work, and play.
While entrenched in having fun building new chair lifts, runs, and lodges across Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Dave always offered a helping hand to those who asked. He assisted with vital community buildings like Mammoth's hospital, fire department, and water district.
Dave’s underlying concept was simple—whatever is best for the community, let’s makes it happen.
In 1989, Dave and some of his friends saw a need for higher education and the arts, and thus founded Mammoth Lakes Foundation. Dave embodied the tremendous power of synergy within a community and showed us that we can accomplish great things when we work together. Mammoth Lakes Foundation continues to embody that today.
MLF believes that higher education and cultural enrichment enhances the quality of life of residents, second homeowners, and visitors by balancing the recreational attractions in our community. Higher education and the arts promote leadership, stimulate growth, and build a stronger year-round economy.
Since its founding, Mammoth Lakes Foundation successfully brought a community college to Mammoth Lakes, has awarded 670+ scholarships to local students, and built and manages student housing. Culturally, Mammoth Lakes Foundation supports and sponsors year-round theatre programming through Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, hosts the annual 5-day Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, and is currently embarking on bringing a performing arts theatre to Mammoth Lakes.
Click on the links below to learn more about all the wonderful ways MLF contributes to our community. We are continuing Dave McCoy's legacy in making Mammoth a great place to live, work, and play. Come be a part of it!
COLLEGE IN MAMMOTH
Mammoth Lakes Foundation and a group of dedicated supporters secured a permanent building for the college. We continue to support efforts to keep higher education an affordable option to those who wish to pursue it. Click below to read about our accomplishments.
Since 2003, when MLF started awarding scholarships to students, more than 670 scholarships have been awarded for Mono County residents enrolled full time at Cerro Coso Community College in Mammoth Lakes. Click below to meet some of our students!
SOUTH GATEWAY APARTMENTS
In 2007, MLF built the South Gateway Apartments to offer on-campus housing to Cerro Coso Community College students in Mammoth Lakes. As such, we are one of eleven community colleges that offer housing to students in California!
MLRT produces year-round programming at our 100-seat black box Edison Theatre. From live performances, one-person shows, screenings, magic shows, and more, MLRT creates experiences that not only engage but also educate, inspire, entertain, and provoke thought.
MLFF is dedicated to discovering and supporting the next generation of filmmakers. MLFF is a five-day festival that screens independent features and shorts in Mammoth, showcasing the work of emerging, innovative filmmakers. Industry professionals also attend to provide mentoring and support up-and-coming filmmakers.
MAMMOTH ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER (MACC)
Partnering with Cerro Coso Community College, Town of Mammoth Lakes, and private donors, MLF is working to bring the only dedicated, state-of-the-art, performing arts facility for music, film, dance, lectures, and more to the Eastern Sierra. Opening is scheduled for 2021.