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Devin Ward, a former teacher who has been diagnosed with ALS, cuts the ribbon to begin the San Luis Obispo County Walk to Defeat ALS, a recent fundraising event at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo.
Devin Ward, a former teacher who has been diagnosed with ALS, cuts the ribbon to begin the San Luis Obispo County Walk to Defeat ALS, a recent fundraising event at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo.

San Luis Obispo

More than 200 people turned out for the 5th annual San Luis Obispo County Walk to Defeat ALS fundraiser at Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo.

The event, hosted by ALS Association Golden West Chapter, raised $42,000 to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles Mayor Steven Martin and Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higgenbotham were on hand to give the opening remarks.

Television news reporter Nataly Tavidian was emcee and led the crowd in a Zumba warm up before the walk.

For more information or to donate, visit www.alsa.org.

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The San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge has donated $1,000 to the SLO County Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation to benefit the sewing program at the women’s Honor Farm at County Jail.

The money will be used to purchase supplies to continue with the production of afghans and lap blankets for veterans in treatment at area VA hospitals and clinics. The blankets and afghans were handmade by women inmates, who originally had a goal of turning out 30, and ended up making more than 100.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that the sewing program gives a sense of worth to the inmates and a sense of security and warmth to the veterans.

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