Charity Partners

The Dana Point Turkey Trot continues to support local charities by giving proceeds from the race to local non-profits.  Since its inception, the Dana Point Turkey Trot has raised over half a million dollars for local non-profits. Please consider making a donation to one or both of our charity partners during registration checkout. 

This year’s charity partners are:


Family Assistance Ministries is a faith-based charitable non-profit organization assisting those in need in Orange County with resources for food, shelter, and personalized supportive counsel and aid, helping clients bridge the gap from dependency to self-sufficiency.

FAM provides food, shelter, and client aid to tens of thousands in Orange County. This organization provide assistance for utilities, transportation, medical, dental, and prescription drugs, as well as financial counseling, free income tax preparation and collaboration with other social services organizations to provide referrals and medical screenings, immunizations, eye glasses, and much more!

In 2019, FAM had 126,783 encounters with people in need, with 46% of them being children. 2.3 million meals were provided to the hungry was distributed throughout Orange County and over $354,000 in cash aid was granted in the form of vouchers and bills paid.

FAM also sheltered homeless women—many with young children—in their interim/transitional shelter, Gilchrist House and families to include homeless moms, dads and pregnant women in their FAMily House.

Learn More About Preventing Hunger & Homelessness with FAM.

Marine Corps League, South Coast Detachment 022

The Marine Corps League – South Coast Detachment is an all-volunteer 501c4 non-profit organization. MCL’s mission is to take good care of Marines and their families whether they be deployed or stateside at Camp Pendleton.

MCL pays particular attention to Junior Enlisted families with kids, Senior Marines with health issues, and help fund Young Marine Youth Organization Programs from boys and girls ages 8-18. In addition, MCL provides financial aid and food to the families of Active Duty cancer patients, sends goody boxes overseas to deployed Marines, and assists with welcome home celebrations. 

MCL’s membership is comprised of Marines (Active Duty, Retired & Honorably Discharged), Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen & Chaplains. Associate Members, of which there are many, may have been affiliated with another Branch of the Service or may not have served in the Military

No Man, Woman, or Child left behind. 

Semper Fidelis

Learn more or join MCL’s efforts to support our Marines.