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Clark Company Ranch Realty, Cancer Support Community, Meadow Muffin Golf Classic, Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, Jack's Helping Hand

Clark Company Ranch Realty President and Real Estate Broker Pete Clark, left, presents a check to the The Cancer Support Community’s former chairman Dr. David Bolivar and Executive Director Christie Kelly. In addition to The Cancer Support Community, proceeds from Clark’s 25th Annual Meadow Muffin Golf Classic benefited Jack’s Helping Hand and the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles. Photo by Meagan Friberg

Annual golf tournament sponsored by Clark Company Ranch Real Estate donates proceeds to The Cancer Support Community, Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, & Jack’s Helping Hands

Three San Luis Obispo County non-profit organizations — The Cancer Support Community California Central Coast, Jack’s Helping Hand, and the Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles — recently received funds raised from the 25th Annual Meadow Muffin Golf Classic. Held in the latter part of 2014, the golf event is coordinated and organized by Clark Company Ranch Realty President and real estate broker Pete Clark.

“Meadow Muffin is a fun way to get together and do something for some great causes,” Clark said. “We all support the organizations that benefit from the golf tournament proceeds and that’s what keeps everyone coming back year after year.”

Clark Company Ranch Realty, Cancer Support Community, Meadow Muffin Golf Classic, Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles, Jack's Helping Hand

The Cancer Support Community’s former chairperson Dr. David Bolivar, right, receives a generous donation from Clark Company Ranch Realty President and Real Estate Broker Pete Clark. Photo by Meagan Friberg

Participants this year hailed primarily from the Central Coast, but Clark said golfers from Oregon, Arizona, and other states take part as well. An average of 75 golfers participate each year in the Meadow Muffin Golf Classic, with approximately $11,000 raised this year alone.

Clark said that when his wife, Elena, was elected to The Cancer Support Community’s 2015 Board of Directors she suggested the organization as a new beneficiary of the golf classic.

“The Cancer Support Community has been an integral part of our lives since my mom, Joan Clark, was diagnosed and then passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2010,” Clark said. “The organization is very meaningful to many families in our community.”

Dr. David Bolivar, former chairman of The Cancer Support Community and a local surgeon, was on hand when Clark presented a check in the amount of $1,000 to Executive Director Christie Kelly.

“The Cancer Support Community is about local people taking care of local people,” Dr. Bolivar said. “When we get support from others in the community that want to give back it is very significant and we are so thankful.”

Kelly agreed, saying, “We are always honored to have new donations coming in from people that are lending their support to our cause. It means everything to us, and it means that hopefully we are doing something right.”

About The Cancer Support Community

The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast is a national non-profit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones free of charge in a home-like setting so people can connect with and learn from each other. Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes utilizing the Patient Active Concept, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation, and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. For more information, call (805) 238-4411 or visit www.twcccc.org.

About Jack’s Helping Hand

Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc. is a local nonprofit dedicated to helping the families of children with special needs. The organization 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, call (805) 547-1914 or visit www.jackshelpinghand.org.

About The Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles

The Toy Bank of Greater Paso Robles is a non-profit, community based, all volunteer organization that provides toys, games, playground balls, stuffed animals, books, arts and crafts and stocking stuffers for 1,300 to 1,600 local children annually. Toy donation boxes are placed in businesses throughout the community each November and December and all donations remain in the Paso Robles Area for children in Paso Robles, San Miguel, Bradley, Shandon, and Heritage Ranch. The Toy Bank partners with Toys for Tots, Coast for Kids and the Salvation Army to provide a special Day of Giving for local families at Plymouth Congregational Church. For more information, call (805) 238-4841 or visit www.prtoybank.com.

About Meadow Muffin

Each year, an average of 75 golfers participate in the tournament, with past tournaments benefited several nonprofits including the 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, and The Cancer Support Community California Central Coast. Participants may enter as a full team or as an individual, twosome or threesome, and the Clark Company will put a team together. For information on the next Meadow Muffin Golf Classic, call (805) 238-7110 or email meadowmuffin@clarkcompany.com.

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About the author: Reporter Meagan Friberg

Meagan Friberg is a reporter for the Paso Robles Daily News and A-Town Daily News.

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