The Gull Wing Group donates 125 scholarships in honor of 50th anniversary
By Cathy O’Brien, San Jose Charity Examiner
June 16, 2011 8:59 pm PT
The historic Fort Point, which was built during the Gold Rush as a defense location to protect the San Francisco Bay from a naval attack, is the backdrop of a historic photograph that was taken 50 years ago today on June 16, 1961 when The Gull Wing Group was founded. The photograph was recreated and released today in order to mark the 50 year anniversary of the organization and a generous donation made by the group of 125 scholarships for children to attend SF Rec and Park’s summer camps.
Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager: “Donations such as this one help San Francisco recreation and parks to fulfill its mission of providing enriching recreational activities to all San Franciscans. Our scholarships serve more than 2,000 San Francisco children and families every year.”
The 125 scholarships will provide children from low-income families the opportunity to participate in the summer education programs which are run by the San Francisco Rec and Park department. The summer education programs accentuate personal responsibility and initiative while teaching children to respect and seek preservation of our country’s national parks.
The Gull Wing Group was founded in San Francisco on June 26, 1961 in order to bring Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe owners together. The car enthusiast club currently has about 600 members who enjoy sharing their love for the 300 SL Mercedes-Benz. The original photograph of the group taken 50 years ago today featured about 100 members, 24 Gull Wings and 14 Roadsters with the historic Fort Point in the background.
Steve Cannon, VP of Marketing Mercedes-Benz USA: “The Gull Wing vehicle represents Mercedes-Benz leadership in style, design and performance, and this anniversary allows us a moment to celebrate the history of that legacy created over fifty years ago. As we look back, we also have to look to the future and that was out intention with the donation to provide San Francisco kids with the opportunity to attend summer camp through the Recreation and Parks Department program.”
Fort Point sits at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and is 746 feet high. The fort signifies 150 years of military history and local architecture.