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Over the Next 50 Years, an Estimated $62 Billion will be Left to the Next Generation

The Transfer of Wealth in San Luis Obispo County offers opportunity to invest in the community

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― The San Luis Obispo Community Foundation (SLOCCF) will release a study on the anticipated intergenerational transfer of wealth within San Luis Obispo County over the next 50 years on February 2. The Foundation commissioned the RUPRI (Rural Policy Research Institute) Entrepreneurship Center to analyze current and historical data in order to estimate the value of assets that will be left to heirs. The study found that San Luis Obispo County’s transfer of wealth could be as much as $62 billion over the next 50 years.

According to the Transfer of Wealth (TOW) report, if every San Luis Obispo County resident left 5% of their assets as an investment in the quality of life in SLO County, as much as $3.1 billion would provide for future generations.

The RUPRI Entrepreneurship Center is dedicated to providing unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. The report underscores the fact that decisions made today greatly impact future generations. “The economic challenges we currently face are not challenges we want our children and grandchildren to endure,” said SLOCCF Executive Director Barry VanderKelen. “But every challenge brings opportunity, and this transfer of wealth brings us promise to our economic future.” VanderKelen hopes that community members will embrace the 5% goal for philanthropy, “Five percent for Current and Future Generations.”

The community is invited to a luncheon and formal presentation of the study on Wednesday, February 2 at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling (805) 543-2323 or visit www.sloccf.org/towstudytickets. Attendees will receive a copy of the report.  A presentation for nonprofit organizations will be given at 4:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites and is free of charge. Email kim@sloccf.org to make a reservation. Space is limited for all presentations.

Through the vision and guidance of the original founding members in 1998, SLOCCF has raised the impact of charitable giving to new heights in the local community. In only 12 years, SLOCCF has grown its endowment to $26 million, and granted over $15 million to the community through its 200 funds and scholarships. For more information on the SLOCCF or any of its individual funds, call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rizzoli’s Automotive Kicks Off Book Drive

SLO Chamber Members support Raising A Reader program with initial donations of 30 books

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Rizzoli’s Automotive hosted the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Mixer on October 20, 2010, and kicked-off their ongoing collection of children’s books for donation to the Raising A Reader Program, supporting literacy in our community through the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.  At the Chamber Mixer, Rizzoli’s collected 30 books, their goal is to donate a total over 100 books. Books can be donated anytime to the Rizzoli’s locations at 2584 Victoria Ave. in San Luis Obispo and 1149 W. Tama Lane in Santa Maria.

More than 200 people attended the Chamber event and, according to Rizzoli’s General Manager Kyle Rizzoli, “People had a good time and also were able to support a great cause. I was excited to find out it brought in 30 books. Every child should be given the tools to be successful, and I am grateful we have the Raising A Reader Program in SLO County.”

Raising A Reader is an early literacy program that supplies simple training and preschool books to low-income families in our community. The program strives to prepare preschool aged children for school and lifetime success. For more information on this program, log onto www.sloccf.com and click on “Raising a Reader” under Featured Programs.

Rizzoli’s Automotive has been a family run business for three generations, taking pride in quality care and customer service. Rizzoli’s is located at 2584 Victoria in San Luis Obispo and at 1149 W. Tama Lane in Santa Maria. For more information please call (805) 541-1082 or log on to www.RizzolisAutomotive.com.

January 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Antique Show Raises Funds for Local Nonprofit

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA―The Three Speckled Hens 8th antique show was held on October 16 and 17, 2010, at the Paso Robles Event Center. A portion of the proceeds raised from the antique show went to benefit local nonprofit, Jack’s Helping Hand. A total of $750 from the show was donated to Jack’s Helping Hand.

Pictured left to right, Carrie Millan, Susi Fuller, Kathy Marquart, the Three Speckled Hens and Bridget Ready of Jack's Helping Hand.

Founded in 2004, Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the families of children with special needs, has established and provided community programs that enable and empower families, professionals and the broader community to meet the unique unmet physical, mental and medical needs of special children and young adults who have not attained the age of twenty-one. For more information, please call (805) 547-1914 or visit www.jackshelpinghand.org.

Now in their 5th year, Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff holds antique shows several times throughout the year. Carrie, Kathy and Susi all share a love for antiques and formed the Three Speckled Hens to bring a fun and unique antique show to the Central Coast. For a schedule of shows and more information, visit www.threespeckledhens.com.

January 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Critically Acclaimed Comedian Headlines Rotary Fundraiser

Brian Regan comes to SLO for Benefit Comedy Show, to raise funds for local youth charities


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa announces this year’s stand-up comedian for their annual fundraising concert: Brian Regan. The event is co-presented by Kevin Main Jewelry and will be held at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 11, at 8:30pm. A separate, pre-show reception sponsored by Central Coast Mortgage Consultants starts at 6:30pm. Proceeds benefit local youth charities.

Brian Regan established himself in 1995, after making an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. He has been on tour, and making numerous appearances on Late Night TV ever since.  Over the past decade, Regan’s relatable material to a broad audience has filled theater seats nationwide. On December 7, Brian released his highly anticipated second album, “All By Myself,” as a digital download only available through his website.  Releasing two critically acclaimed hour Comedy Central specials and DVD’s in as many years – 2008’s “The Epitome of Hyperbole,” and 2007’s “Brian Regan Standing Up” – Brian has set a standard of excellence that others continually try to follow.

Concert tickets range from $35-$60 each and entry to the reception is $25. Tickets may be purchased at the Performing Arts Ticket Office, 10am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 2pm Saturdays.  To order by phone, call (805) 756-2787 or online at www.pacslo.org.

The fundraiser will also have a raffle for a Hearts of Fire diamond pendant valued at $3,000. Tickets are $20 each and available at Kevin Main Jewelry at 782 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

“Rotary has had great success with this fundraiser in the past, and we look forward to experiencing the same success this year,” says Rotary de Tolosa President, Jeff Buckingham.  Buckingham adds that the club hopes to raise more than $20,000 to support youth programs in the San Luis Obispo community.

Rotary is an international organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace.  There are more than 1.2 million Rotary members, who are part of more than 33,000 clubs worldwide.  For more information on Rotary, please log onto the Rotary de Tolosa website at www.rotarydetolosa.org, or to the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org.

January 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Local Restaurant Supports Boys & Girls Club with Cash and Supplies

Old Juan’s Cantina raised funds and collected items for the Boys and Girls Club of South SLO County

SAN LUIS OBISPO—Old Juan’s Cantina Mexican Restaurant supported the Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County during the month of December. The first annual Oceano Holiday Tree Lighting celebration on December 15 kicked off the effort. Many community members came together to enjoy free Mexican hot chocolate and Mexican cinnamon tea provided by Old Juan’s, while listening to holiday carols sung by The Other Reindeer.  Donations were collected starting that night, and many attendees selected an item from the Boys and Girls Club wish list to provide.

Eva Verdin of Old Juan's Cantina and Alessa Suraci of Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County.

“We know how important the Boys and Girls Club is to this community, and we saw local residents coming out to support them,” says Old Juan’s Cantina co-owner Eva Verdin. “We were excited to be able to fill a Santa bag full of donated items that were purchased from the Boys and Girls Club wish list.” Old Juan’s delivered the donated items to the Boys and Girls Club along with a check for $2,200 that was raised by a donation of one dollar from every combination meal sold during December.

“It was neat to have the support of such a great local, established restaurant in bringing the community together and reminding them of the great services that the Boys and Girls Club provides locally,” said Executive Director Moyses Muguira.  “In 2009 alone, the Boys and Girls Club served over 3,000 local area youth and are on target to surpass that number again this year,” Muguira added.

Opening in 1994, the Boys and Girls Club now has five sites in South County and has served over 10,000 children and teens. The sites are neighborhood-based buildings designed for youth programs and activities.  The organization strives to enable all young people especially those who need their services the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Old Juan’s Cantina Mexican Restaurant is located at 649 Pier Ave. in Oceano. For more information, visit www.OldJuansCantina.com.

January 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Action Hero: Lisa Ray’s Donation Group Helping Local Children in Need

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Meadow Muffin Golf Classic Raises Funds for Local Nonprofit

Golf Classic donates portion of proceeds from tournament to Jack’s Helping Hand

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA―Meadow Muffin Golf Classic’s (MMGC) 21st annual golf tournament was held on November 13, 2010 at the Paso Robles Golf Club. From the tournament, MMGC donated $2,000 to local nonprofit, Jack’s Helping Hand. MMGC chairmen, Pete Clark and Tim Twissleman, have been donating to Jack’s Helping Hand since 2004.

Tim Twissleman presents Bridget and Paul Ready of Jack's Helping Hand with a donation.

Even before Jack’s Helping Hand was founded, the Golf Classic donated money to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital to support Paul and Bridget Ready and their son, Jack. Since Jack’s Helping Hand formed, the yearly donation from MMGC has gone to the Assistance Program, a program which helps local medically fragile children and families in need.

Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the families of children with special needs, has established and provided community programs that enable and empower families, professionals and the broader community to meet the unique unmet physical, mental and medical needs of special children and young adults who have not attained the age of twenty-one.  For more information, please call (805) 547-1914 or visit www.jackshelpinghand.org.

Meadow Muffin Golf Classic celebrated their 21st annual golf tournament in 2010. Each year, an average of 100 golfers participate in the tournament. The tournament has benefited several nonprofits, including Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, Jack’s Helping Hand, North County Women’s Shelter, Lucille Packard’s Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Paso Robles Loaves and Fishes. For more information, please call (805) 238-7110.

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Distinguished Volunteer and Music Education Advocate to Receive Symphony’s Highest Honor

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—Longtime San Luis Obispo Symphony supporter and tireless music education advocate, Sandy Dunn, has been selected as this year’s 4th Annual Symphony Honors recipient. Serving as Symphony Board President for two years as well as on countless committees and youth outreach efforts, Dunn will be presented with the Symphony’s highest honor at this year’s gala Symphony Ball, being held Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Embassy Suites Hotel’s grand ballroom.

Preceded by only three previous Honors recipients, Clifford Chapman and Gene Shidler in 2008, Pam Dassenko in 2009, and Jim and Lyn Baker in 2010, Dunn was chosen for her strong leadership, superb fund-raising talents, innovative ideas, and tireless efforts on behalf of music education for children.

“I was so surprised when I got the news,” said Dunn. “For three years, I have had the honor of making this presentation to our previous Honors recipients, and believe me it has been so much easier to present than it will be to receive it. I am greatly honored, immensely humbled, and deeply appreciative.”

Born in Jefferson City Missouri and raised with four siblings in Columbia Missouri, Dunn’s desire to serve others began early. Active parents and a supportive family life taught her to value community above self, and she worked in her local hospital as a Candy Striper during high school. She studied Art at the University of Missouri at Columbia, then married and raised three children.

When she moved to the Central Coast in 1996, Dunn became active in the community almost immediately, serving on the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce board, Rotary International, and the UCSB Economic Task Force.  She would later serve on the Festival Mozaic’s (formerly Mozart Festival) Events Committee, Women’s Shelter Fundraiser Acquisitions Committee, and as a founding member of the SLO County Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund. For these and other volunteer efforts, Dunn was recently given the Barbara George Women of Distinction Philanthropy Award.

Dunn’s great love for the Symphony blossomed more than a decade ago when she survived a car accident that left her with grave injuries. During her long recovery, her husband, former San Luis Obispo City Manager John Dunn, took her to the Performing Arts Center to hear the Symphony when she was still in a wheelchair, unable to walk.

“As soon as Maestro Michael Nowak raised his baton and the music began,” Dunn recalled, “I forgot all the stress, all the pain I had been through … and I realized what a gift it is, how blessed we are to have this incredible orchestra.”

Dunn joined the Symphony’s Board of Directors six years ago. In addition to holding office and chairing committees, Dunn also initiated two highly successful fund-raising efforts: the Symphony Syrah Project, and the Celebrity Wine Raffle.

“Sandy is both an idea person and is peerless in implementation,” said June McIvor, current Symphony board president-elect. “Her enthusiasm is so contagious; she has brought countless new friends to the Symphony, thereby growing her own impact exponentially.”

“I personally can’t think of anyone who brings more energy, commitment, and passion to her philanthropic endeavors than Sandy Dunn,” said French Hospital President/CEO Alan Iftiniuk. “This, coupled with her extensive fund-raising experience makes her a must-have on any non-profit’s governing board’s dream team.”

Marking the Symphony’s 50th anniversary, this year’s gala Symphony Ball will reflect the year 1961—the year the Symphony was officially born—with décor, dress, drink, food and entertainment all in the unmistakable style of the early 1960s.

“Attendees will celebrate the Symphony’s Golden Anniversary by traveling back in time to the golden age of Camelot,” said the Symphony’s Communications Director Patty Thayer. “Think princess phones and Cadillacs with fins, Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack. Camelot is on Broadway, Moon River is the number one song, and the Kennedys are in the White House.”

The evening will include a sumptuous multi-course dinner, entertainment, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Reservations for the Ball and Honors celebration are $120 per person. Tribute Ads honoring this year’s Symphony Honors Recipient Sandy Dunn may also be purchased and will be printed in the program booklet for the evening, then presented to her as a gift. Proceeds go to support the Symphony’s concerts and Music Education Programs that reach over 16,000 County school children every year. For more information or to make your reservations, please call the Symphony office at (805) 543-3533 or visit the Symphony website at www.slosymphony.com.

January 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment