Some luxury items are going up for silent auction from May 30 through June 15, with the donations helping send some 26 children from 15 families in San Simeon and Cambria to YMCA summer camp held at Cambria Grammar School.
According to Renee Samaniego-Lundy of San Simeon, who is organizing the auctions, items to be up for bid are to include a lightweight alloy, Shimano-equipped, 21-speed Genesis Ground Force V-2100 mountain bike, donated by the Sheriff’s Department administration, an original wood artwork from Brooks Gallery and a two-bottle gift box of Three Sisters cuvee wines from Hearst Ranch Winery.
Regional Transit Authority is providing free bus transportation for the campers in San Simeon.
The fundraiser’s second phase (date and details to be announced later) is to be an auction of an “Afternoon with Sheriff Ian Parkinson” and a “Ride-Along with Senior Deputy Todd Steeb. A full summer of camp costs $1,300 per student, Lundy said, and “many North Coast families don’t have that kind of money.” If the auction doesn’t generate the $33,800 needed to send all the children to the full summer program, the funds will be divvied up to send them all to as many days as possible, Lundy said.
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The enrollment for the scholarships has closed, to keep this first-year effort a manageable size, Lundy said.
In the fundraiser’s first phase, each of the three prizes will be displayed during the auction period at a restaurant that’s also participating by donating part of its profits on a specific entrée sold on one day.
On May 31, Cambria’s Las Cambritas will offer a fundraiser entrée of calamari tacos with beans and rice for $16.95 (auction item, Hearst wines).
On June 2 in San Simeon, San Simeon Lodge will offer chicken cordon bleu with pasta and vegetables for $15.95 (Brooks Gallery art), and El Chorlito will offer a sampler plate for two, with chili relleno, one meat and one cheese enchilada, small nachos, tacquito, beans and rice for $31 (mountain bike). For details, email Lundy at email@example.com or call her at 550-8464.