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Community Foundation Invites Public into New Historic Home at “Sneak Peek” Preview Tour

SLOCCF takes ownership of historic Barneburg House at 550 Dana St.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation is hosting a sneak preview tour of the historic Barneberg house Saturday June 4th from 3:00 – 5:00pm. The Foundation has purchased the historical landmark and will be moving their offices to this location at the end of the summer.

The Barnebreg House was built by Maino Construction in 1914 for John Barneberg, a local banker. Since then, there has only been one other owner, the James Duenow family purchased the home in the 1970s as a home, then converted it to an office building. The SLOCCF became the third owner when escrow closed in February 2011.

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 13 years, SLOCCF has grown its endowment to $27 million, and granted over $16 million to the community through its 200 funds and scholarships. For more information on the SLOCCF or the Barneberg House, call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.

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Recent photo of the Barneberg House at 550 Dana St., the new home of the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation.


May 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SLO Community Makes it Possible for Children to Reunite With Their Parents

“Get On The Bus” program helps over 450 kids stay connected with their incarcerated dads

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – On Saturday, June 4 – in celebration of Father’s Day – a local non-profit whose purpose is to connect children with their parents in prison will bus over 450 children to the California Men’s Colony to visit with their dads.  Now in its fifth year here in San Luis Obispo, Get On The Bus is a grassroots program that has continued to grow and thrive due to the generosity of community members. The program, which started in 2006 with only 17 children on one bus, will be transporting over 450 children from homes as far away as Sacramento and San Diego on 12 chartered buses to the California Men’s Colony.

This event would not be possible without the assistance of the community. Over 40 local schools, churches, and organizations have helped by sponsoring Get On The Bus. Hundreds of volunteers will be serving on June 4, at the prison or at one of the six site reception locations in San Luis Obispo.

Along with the priceless opportunity to reconnect with their fathers, Get On The Bus provides the children with transportation for themselves and their caregivers, all three meals for the day, a photo of the child with his or her father, as well as “Stay-in-Touch” bags. Trained volunteers accompany the children to the prison and to a reception after the visits so that participants can share their experiences.

“Every child yearns to feel loved and connected to his or her parents. But children with parents in prison have a tough time keeping that connection,” says Cece Lane, Central Coast Regional Director of Get On The Bus.

Get On The Bus offers them the priceless chance for a father’s hug, a family photo, a private conversation.” On the way home, each child is given a teddy bear with a letter from their parent, along with the opportunity for post-event counseling.

May 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Owner of BridgePoint Custom Strategies Earns Prestigious Designation from the Exit Planning Institute

Adi Ringer is accredited with the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) Designation

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Adi Ringer, owner of local financial and insurance services firm, BridgePoint Custom Strategies recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®) designation from the Exit Planning Institute (EPI)

The CEPA® program was specifically designed for business advisors who work closely with owners of privately held companies. Using an executive MBA style format, the program is designed around a central case study and uses a combination of lectures, group discussions, case studies and individual exercises to introduce participants to concepts and to reinforce skills.

To earn the CEPA® credential, Ringer completed a rigorous five-day program that involved approximately 100 hours of pre-course study, 32 hours of classroom instruction, and successful completion of a 3.5 hour proctored examination. With this certification, Ringer joins an exclusive group of fewer than 150 business advisors worldwide. The Exit Planning Institute is the premier provider of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for exit planning professionals. The Institute delivers innovative learning experiences, performance-enhancing resources, and strategic tools designed to advance the exit planning profession.

“Holding an expertise in exit planning issues is especially important in a time where baby boomers are beginning to enter the stage of retirement,” said Ringer. “We can expect to see a flood of businesses for sale in the next 15 years, driving prices down and depleting an owners value. It is my job to ensure personal, family and community goals come true for my clients, and a solid exit plan will help make this happen.”

Ringer also recently earned the Chartered Life Underwater (CLU®) designation, the world’s most respected designation of insurance expertise. He has continued to taken steps over the years to receive several other certifications in order to acquire a level of knowledge and credibility, and enhance his ability to create customized financial strategies for his clients.

BridgePoint Custom Strategies is an independent firm that provides relationship-driven financial and insurance services from a highly experienced and educated professional with an extensive network of alliances and resources. They offer comprehensive financial planning solutions to both individuals and businesses including business exit planning, customized wealth management, investments and insurance. Contact Adi Ringer at (805) 574-1005, or visit http://bridgepointslo.com/ for more information.

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Congregation Beth David’s Last Minute Efforts Save Temple

Celebration planned to thank community, CBD members and Bank for support in saving their temple

 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Congregation Beth David (CBD) announced today that they have reached a settlement with the bank, the terms of which are confidential; however the Jewish congregation will continue to own its synagogue.

“We can’t thank our congregation and this wonderful community enough for the support and donations over the past three weeks,” said CBD Co-President Gregg Loberstein. “And most of all, thanks to the bank for working with us so that we could be where we are today – owners of our temple and secure in our future in this holy place that means so much to us.”

Loberstein adds that a celebration is planned to thank the bank and the community, put on by the members of the congregation at no cost to CBD, “Our members want to have a party. They are offering food, wine and to organize the gathering, which seems a fitting way to celebrate this happy occasion and move forward. We hope to see many community members and have the opportunity to tour them through our synagogue.” The event is tentatively planned for Sunday, June 5th at 3:30 PM. More information is on the Facebook page, on the CBD website, or by calling (805) 544-0760.

CBD went into default of their loan held at the bank last year, and the property was in jeopardy of being put on the auction block if the bank was not paid by the deadline. The Temple, located at 10180 Los Osos Valley Road in
San Luis Obispo, was built in 2005 on 92 acres. The Temple was the first LEED-Certified synagogue in the world, and gained national attention.

CBD was able to raise the money needed to settle with the bank and take ownership of the temple through community donations and a nonregistered offering within the temple family. CBD also took steps to reach out to the Jewish community locally and nationally, and was able to get more than 50 stories place on their plight, garnering attention from MSNBC and JTA, a highly respected online global Jewish news source.

Congregation Beth David was founded in San Luis Obispo in 1959 and the group of 200 families is led by Rabbi Scott Corngold. The Temple is viewed as a community asset, and has been the venue for events for organizations ranging from the SLO Chamber of Commerce and environmental groups to the SLO Symphony. For more information on Congregation Beth David, visit them online at www.cbdslo.org or call (805) 544-0760.


May 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Boys & Girls Club Kids Can Now Play Under a New, Donated Roof

Quaglino Roofing Announces Non-profit Roof Giveaway Winner

 San Luis Obispo, CA — After reading over 30 emails and letters from non-profit organizations across San Luis Obispo County, Quaglino Roofing has selected the Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County as the recipient of a new roof.

“We received many emotional and compelling entries,” said Quaglino Roofing President, Matt Quaglino. “But the Boys & Girls Club really grabbed our attention, and after we visited the site, we decided they needed a roof quickly, in order to continue their program.”

Located in Paso Robles, CA, the Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County has been placing trashcans and buckets throughout the building, catching drops of water and preventing children and staff from getting dripped on.

“We have been seeking options to repair our leaking roof for the past few years, and no estimate has been able to accommodate our budget,” said Resource Development Director Beth Rey. “We are so incredibly grateful the Quaglinos chose us, as this will impact over 285 children.”

The Quaglinos are scheduled to start the project May 12th and have partnered with Jack Ayers from R&S Supply who have generously donated a portion of the roofing materials.

The Boys & Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County opened in 1991, in response to the lack of resources children and parents had for high quality and affordable after school programming.  Their mission is to inspire all children to reach their full potential as caring and responsible citizens. For more information about the club, visit www.bgepaso.org.

James A. Quaglino founded Quaglino Roofing in San Luis Obispo in 1922. The company works statewide on commercial, industrial and residential projects. For more information, visit Quaglino Roofing’s website at www.Quaglino.com or www.facebook.com/QuaglinoRoofing.

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

Action Hero: The San Luis Obispo County Literacy Council

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Annual Symphony Golf Tournament to be held at the Morro Bay Golf Course on Saturday, June 4, 2011

(SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA) – On Saturday, June 4, 2011, the San Luis Obispo Symphony will hold its annual Bach ‘n Birdies Golf Tournament at the Morro Bay Golf Course in beautiful Morro Bay.  The four man/woman scramble and the 8:30 A.M. shotgun start will allow all to finish in time to enjoy a delicious post-tournament luncheon.  A tournament raffle is currently being orchestrated and will include an assortment of fabulous prizes, including Dodger baseball tickets, Giants baseball tickets, Central Coast wine packages, rounds of golf and more. More information may be found at www.slosymphony.com.

The cost for the event is $125 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, range balls, “goodie bags,” the post-tournament dinner, generous prizes, and lots of fun throughout the afternoon. Tee Sponsorships are available to local businesses for $150 per tee, and include signage on a tee, pre and post-tournament advertising and a thank you advertisement following the tournament. Other sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please call Development Director Leslie McKinley at (805) 543-3533, ext. 104 for more information.

Bach ‘n Birdies is generously sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric Company and will be hosted by Music Director Michael Nowak and the musicians of the San Luis Obispo Symphony.  All proceeds benefit the music education programs of the San Luis Obispo Symphony.

WHO:  SAN LUIS OBISPO SYMPHONY – Michael Nowak, Music Director 

WHAT:  Bach ‘n Birdies Golf Tournament

WHEN:  Saturday, June 4, 2011 – Shotgun start at 8:30 A.M.

                 (Registration opens at 7:30 A.M.)

WHERE:   Morro Bay Golf Course, 201 State Park Road, Morro Bay


              $150 PER TEE SPONSORSHIP

CONTACT:  Call Leslie at (805) 543-3533, Ext. 104

INFO:  More information online at www.slosymphony.com

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

Nominations for the 5th Annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award Now Being Accepted

The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation announces deadline of June 15, 2011

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA ― Nominations are now being accepted for the Fifth Annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award. Established through the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF), the award recognizes SLO County individuals who demonstrate leadership, influence and advocacy in the pursuit of community organizing, and is named after longtime community volunteer advocate, the late Isabel Ruiz. The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2011 and forms can be found online at www.sloccf.org by clicking on “Apply for an Award.”  Submit completed forms by mail to P.O. Box 1580, San Luis Obispo, CA  93406 or by fax to (805) 543-2346.

“This Humanitarian Award will not only honor the individual who has followed in Isabel’s footsteps, but will be a special remembrance of this remarkable woman’s contributions to our community,” said Foundation Executive Director Barry VanderKelen.

Previous honorees are: Xelina Rojasin 2010, for working above and beyond her job duties on weekends and evenings with students and parents in support of their desire to fundraise for scholarships, to learn more about community advocacy, and to implement service learning in Paso Robles; Lidia Arango McCune in 2009, for her outstanding efforts as Latino Program Coordinator for Hospice of SLO County; Rae Belle Gambs in 2008, for her 20 years as an inspiring advocate for the mentally ill and their families; and Paso Robles educator Marisela Garcia in 2007, for her outstanding efforts on behalf of minority students and migrant families.

Criteria for eligibility are:

  • Resident of San Luis Obispo County
  • Demonstrated selfless desire to help others
  • Demonstrated community leadership in San Luis Obispo County
  • Demonstrated steady, ongoing advocacy to create change
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others to create change

The Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award was established in 2007 by Bill Broadbent, to honor Ruiz, a local community health advocate. In a tribute letter that appeared in The Tribune, Broadbent wrote, “Isabel often said she wanted to ‘be the bridge’ that would lead struggling individuals to a self-sufficient life. She was one of the hardest working people I’ve even known and a great role model by any measure.” For more information on the Isabel P. Ruiz Humantarian Award or the Community Foundation, call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.

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