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Fundraiser to repair Mission San Antonio de Padua

Volunteers are fundraising to help repair Mission San Antonio de Padua, a historical landmark just northwest of the San Luis Obispo County line.

Its retrofit will cost $15 million, organizers said. The goal is to complete the work — which includes structural and electrical updates, repairs and an earthquake retrofit — by 2017.

The mission, established in 1771, is a key piece of local history. San Luis Obispo County residents account for about 30 percent of the mission’s annual visitors, organizers said.

“Without proper retrofitting and repairs, Mission San Antonio faces certain closure,” organizers with the Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua group said in a statement.

The Save Mission San Antonio Store — www.savesanantonio.org   — showcases more than 40 gifts and collectables for purchase with all proceeds going toward the mission’s repairs.

For more information about the fundraising effort, visit www.preservemissionsanantonio.org.

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