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The Paso Robles Chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) earned $14,000 for scholarships to support the educational goals of women from all walks of life with their STAR CARD fundraiser held during the month of October 2023.

“The response to our 2023 STAR CARD fundraiser has been gratifying. We are deeply grateful to our retail, restaurant, beverage and other partners, and the community’s support.  It is a blessing to be able to expand the scholarships we can give to women in North County and beyond to help them reach for the stars.”

STAR CARD Chair Barbara Sefton

Members of the organization sold $50 STAR CARDS totaling $8,900 that entitled card holders to 20% discounts on select purchases provided by 68 generous local retail partners. Donors additionally contributed $6,450 to the organization’s Kiper-Twist Fund, a need-based scholarship providing aid primarily to women in North SLO County. Recipients must be high school graduates with a minimum 2.8 GPA or GED equivalent, and can attend a school of their choice – college, trade schools, or certificated programs – to better provide for themselves and their families.

The Paso Robles P.E.O. Chapter HL is an active group of 60 women who through fundraising provide educational opportunities and emergency financial assistance for women locally.  Chapter HL awards grants and scholarships to women based on achievement and need, and also assists candidates apply for P.E.O.’s local chapter, California statewide and P.E.O. International loans, grants and scholarship programs.  Established in 1992, the Paso Robles chapter has helped 68 women with awards totaling over $157,200 in financial support since 2002.

Click here to read the full press release dated December 11, 2023.