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Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County celebrated the opening of their thrift store with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Participants included (from left) Kimberly Luker and Tracy Hall, SLO chamber of commerce ambassadors; Julian Crocker, retired county superintendent of schools; Debbie Arnold, county supervisor, 5th district; Jan Marx, San Luis Obispo mayor; Gail Stoneburg, president, Assistance League; James J. Brescia, county superintendent of schools; Bonnie Long, vice president of resource development, Assistance League; Vicki Janssen, district director from State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian’s office; and Matthew Escobedo, SLO chamber of commerce ambassador.

After more than a year of planning and preparation, Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County celebrated the opening of their new thrift store at 667A Marsh Street in downtown San Luis Obispo with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on April 22. Approximately 150 guests attended the event.

A brief program followed the ribbon cutting with Julian Crocker, retired county superintendent of schools, serving as master of ceremony. Guest speakers included Vicki Janssen, district director from State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian’s office; Debbie Arnold, county supervisor, 5th district; James J. Brescia, county superintendent of schools; Jan Marx, San Luis Obispo mayor; and Gail Stoneburg, president of Assistance League.

The Assistance League Thrift Store, which opened on April 1, will aid the all-volunteer nonprofit organization in raising funds to support Operation School Bell®, which provides new school clothing to local disadvantaged youth. During the current school year, this program benefited more than 1500 students in grades K through 12 who live in and attend school in the county.

Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County has been serving local families since 1995 and has provided nearly 20,000 students with school-appropriate clothing. For any questions or additional information about donating items, please call (805) 782-0824. To learn more about Assistance League, visit: www.alslocounty.org