Presentation by Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis, “A Whale’s Tale: All About Whalefest Monterey” on Monday, February 12, 2024


For Immediate Release

Publicity Contact: Wendy Brickman

(831) 594-1500 cell or [email protected]

Native Daughters of the Golden West – Junipero Parlor 141,

Invites the Community to a Presentation by Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis,

“A Whale’s Tale: All About Whalefest Monterey”

on Monday, February 12, 2024

January 2024. Monterey, CA.  The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Junipero Parlor 141, invites the community to enjoy a presentation about local Monterey County history on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Casa Serrano, located at 412 Pacific Street, in Downtown Monterey. The talk will be presented by Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis “A Whale’s Tale: All About Whalefest Monterey”. Following the lecture, there will be refreshments. A $10 donation is suggested. Please RSVP to Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or [email protected]

About the talk:

In her fascinating presentation, which includes a PowerPoint presentation, Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis will discuss:

- The importance and fun of Whalefest Monterey that benefits many local and national marine organizations that educate, inspire, and empower the public to protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS).

- Serving as the trustee for 14 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System encompasses more than 620,000 square miles of protected marine and Great Lakes waters. Few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the system, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The system works with diverse partners and stakeholders to promote responsible, sustainable ocean uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean places.

- A healthy ocean is the basis for thriving recreation, tourism and commercial activities that drive coastal economies.

- Backed by one of the nation's strongest pieces of ocean conservation legislation, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, sanctuaries seek to preserve the extraordinary scenic beauty, biodiversity, historical connections. and economic productivity of our most precious underwater parks.

- The annual Whalefest Monterey Whalefest 2024 will be April 13 and 14 on Old Fisherman’s Wharf and Custom House Plaza. The Symposium with world-renowned marine experts and more will be on April 14, 2024 at Stanton Center (next to Custom House Plaza).

- How the community can learn more and participate:

- Whale watchers come from around the world to view hundreds of whales, orcas, dolphins and pelicans who come to feast on a “krill and anchovy buffet” in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

-Throughout the year, this Monterey Bay Whale Watching Capital of the World offers sightings of 15 species of whales, 10 species of dolphins, 2 species of porpoise, 6 species of pinnipeds and 1 species of Fissiped (sea otter).

About Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis

Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis is a dedicated community leader.  She currently serves on the Fisherman’s Wharf Association Board of Directors as Past President and is Chair of the annual Whalefest Monterey event held on the Wharf. Under Mary Alice's leadership, the California State Senate and Assembly awarded Whalefest Monterey with Certificates of Recognition and she won the prestigious Sea Star Award from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She is Past President and serves on the Board of Directors of the North Fremont Business District and is a member of the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association. She was formerly Co-Chair and currently serves on the Merienda Committee. Mary Alice was also the recipient of the Monterey History & Art Association's Laura Bride Powers Award. She is a Past Board member of the Monterey History & Art Association, Past Board member Hellenic Cultural Institute, and Past President of the Monterey County Hospitality Association.


Mary Alice was born and raised in Monterey and graduated from Santa Catalina School and received her BA and MAT from Santa Clara University. As an international charter flight attendant, Mary Alice traveled to over 45 countries which gave her a broad view of life. She managed the family restaurant, banquet, and entertainment businesses and was also a real estate agent with Pan American Real Estate over 25 years. Currently, she is a real estate property manager representing family interests. Mary Alice is married to Nick Fettis who composes, plays, and tunes pianos.  Nick enjoys composing piano music to complement whale songs with his “Orca”stra.


To schedule an interview with Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis, please call Wendy Brickman at (831) 594-1500 or email [email protected]. For more information, go to or call Mary Alice at (831) 595-3430.     


About The Native Daughters of the Golden West/Junipero Parlor 141

The Native Daughters of the Golden West Junipero Parlor 141 in Monterey, CA is one of over 80 chapters within the state of California.  Established in 1886, the Native Daughters of the Golden West is a non-profit organization of individuals born in California who are dedicated to the preservation of California’s history and the social and cultural development of the State.

The Native Daughters of the Golden West Foundation contributes to many charitable projects including California Admission Day, California Lighthouse Preservation, California Mission Restoration, Veteran's Welfare, and more. The Native Daughters of the Golden West also has a Children’s Foundation.

The organization’s Golden West Home in San Francisco is celebrating 92 years on Baker Street. Julia Morgan, the famed architect of Hearst Castle and Asilomar Conference Grounds, drew the plans for this facility. Formally dedicated in January 1929, the home is currently  maintained for the “aid and comfort of NDGW members”. It is a four-story building with a museum, meeting facilities, and a public reference Library. Guest rooms are available for Native Daughters of the Golden West members and their guests to visit the city of San Francisco. For more information, go to