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SLO couple donates $200,000 to help kids and veterans

Cal Poly students Greg Orekhov, left, Zachary Hanze, Andre Arguelles look on as Army veteran Taylor Morris tries out their quick connect system for his prosthetics legs at the Quality of Life Plus program.
Cal Poly students Greg Orekhov, left, Zachary Hanze, Andre Arguelles look on as Army veteran Taylor Morris tries out their quick connect system for his prosthetics legs at the Quality of Life Plus program. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A San Luis Obispo couple has donated $200,000 to help two local organizations.

Sammy and Michael Pineau made a $100,000 donation to Jack’s Helping Hand, helping families of children with cancer and special needs.

They donated another $100,000 to help veterans with hands-on research and education conducted by the Quality of Life Plus Program, a nonprofit group founded by Jon Monett, focusing on prosthetics and other devices. The lab is located on the Cal Poly campus.

Jack’s Helping Hand also received the second half of a $50,000 donation this month from the Robert H. Janssen Foundation, after receiving $50,000 from the foundation in 2016.

The Janssen Foundation’s donations will help pay for the construction of the 30-acre Jack Ready Imagination Park, which is underway in Nipomo. The park will enhance the development of kids with special needs.

The Pineaus previously gave $1.1  million to the Cal Poly golf team and $100,000 to Woods Humane Society.

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