Pacific Eye Donates $10,000 to Local Non-Profits

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December 13, 2013

Pacific Eye has made $10,000 in total contributions to local non-profit organizations this week as a result of the Pacific Eye Gives Back Challenge. Thousands of supporters from around the Central Coast participated in the contest throughout November. Community members voted a combined total of 9,400 times, and the organizations that received the most votes were awarded the largest donations.

Project Surf Camp, based in Morro Bay, won the $5,000 first place donation in the contest with 2,300 votes. The organization provides children with disabilities and their families a chance to build confidence, meet new friends and have fun through surfing. With Pacific Eye’s donation, Project Surf Camp intends to purchase new, specially designed surf boards and equipment with this donation so their team of volunteers can safely educate campers in the water.

The Food Bank Coalition of SLO County came in second with just over 1,800 votes in the Pacific Eye Gives Back Challenge with a $2,250 donation. Since 1989, this organization has become the only countywide source of nutritious food for people in need thanks to its partnerships with more than 200 community groups and agencies. Their award will translate into thousands of pounds of food for those in need, or roughly 7,000 nutritious meals.

The third-place donation of $1,000 goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Northern San Luis Obispo County with 1,700 votes in the contest. The club serves hundreds of local children with high-quality after school programs and summer programs in a safe, fun and caring environment. Pacific Eye’s donation will help the Boys and Girls Club purchase much-needed school supplies for “Power Hour,” dedicated homework and tutoring time for students so they are better prepared for classes the next day.

With several hundred votes each, Achievement House, ARTS Obispo, Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County, the Central Coast Aquarium, Lompoc Family YMCA, Orcutt Academy High School Boosters and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation will all receive $250 donations each.

The eligible organizations were selected from dozens of worthy non-profits nominated by community members earlier this year. The eye care practice’s annual contest was designed to highlight the outstanding organizations that make positive change visible on the Central Coast.

For more information, visit Pacific Eye’s Facebook page at or email This is the second year Pacific Eye hosted the contest. Last year, the Pacific Eye Gives Back Challenge awarded $5,000 in total between three local organizations: Court Appointed Special Advocates of SLO County (CASA), the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County and Central Coast Funds for Children. The community voted more than 3,200 times last fall.

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