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Tom “Tommy” Thompson 1952-2024

May 28, 2024

Tom “Tommy” Thompson 1952-2024 was a larger than life lover of all things community and a very much admired member of the Must! Charities family. This beautiful obituary fits him to a T. Cheers Tommy!

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Must! Charities organization launches pilot leadership program to help nonprofit leaders and aid community

May 9, 2024

Must! Charities, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering communities and fostering positive change, is proud to announce the launch of the Must! Charities Leadership Alliance. This innovative initiative aims to provide in-depth professional and personal development to local nonprofit leaders, thereby enhancing their leadership skills and fostering collaboration within the community.

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Nonprofit celebrates 12 years, welcomes new board members

April 6, 2024

Local nonprofit Must! Charities celebrates its 12th anniversary while welcoming two new members, Lori Bickel and Maeve Pesquera, to its executive board.

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Wine company announces local applicants of new Brighter Future Initiative

January 8, 2024

An investment with Must! Charities to strategically support and invest back into the hearts, hands, and minds of the greater Paso Robles community.

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Must! Charities launches Youth Arts Leadership Development Project

October 10, 2023

Must! Charities recently announced the Youth Arts Leadership Development Project, an investment in the people and potential of Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (Youth Arts).

The initiative comes as Youth Arts reaches a key juncture in its 25-year commitment to helping children thrive through no-cost arts education. During a time of exponential growth, increased demand for services, and ambitious vision for serving county youth, the center receives a profound boost toward next-level success and sustainability from Must! Charities’ investment.

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Must! Charities Rolls Out Leadership Initiative for Paso Robles Youth Art Center

September 24, 2023

Must! Charities’ Youth Arts Leadership Development Project will invest in professional development and training for Paso Robles Youth Arts Center (Youth Arts) staff and governing board during a time of exponential growth and demand for services. For over 25 years, Youth Arts has offered free after-school classes in the visual and performing arts to youth of all ages in a safe and nurturing environment. Over 700 students benefit annually from the center’s fifty weekly classes.

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Must! Charities fundraiser brings in close to $2 Million

September 2, 2023

Wine industry and business leaders from across the country once again came together at Must! Charities’ Purpose event with a shared passion to give back and raised nearly $2 million, generating over $5.5 million in its three years.

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Must Charities investing in Paso Robles Youth Arts Center development

September 2, 2023

Must Charities’ Youth Arts Leadership Development Project will invest in professional development and training for Paso Robles Youth Arts Center staff and governing board during a time of increased growth and demand for services. For over 25 years, the youth arts center has offered free after-school classes in the visual and performing arts to youth of all ages in a safe and nurturing environment. Over 700 students benefit annually from the center’s fifty weekly classes.

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Boys & Girls Clubs at Creston Elementary School helping underserved kids thrive

September 2, 2023

It’s back to school time in the rural community of Creston in North San Luis Obispo County, and for the second year, children at Creston Elementary School will benefit from an after-school program right on their campus, provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast. Since early 2022, the organization established a school-based site to help with the urgent need for childcare in that community. Through a financial partnership with Must! Charities — a local convener of financial resources that helps focus philanthropy on meeting urgent needs in the San Luis Obispo region — the clubs and all operating costs are covered by Must!

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Investing in the People and Potential of Paso Youth Arts Center

August 28, 2023

Must! Charities is investing in the leadership at Youth Arts to increase those served while identifying opportunities to generate internal value.

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Must! Charities Raises Upwards of $2 Million at Wine Industry Party with a Purpose

August 24, 2023

Wine and Business Industry Leaders Gather to Invest in the Greater Paso Robles Wine Region, Ranking It one of the Country’s Top Grossing Wine and Lifestyle Auctions.

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Enrollment opens with expanded programming at Paso Robles Youth Arts Center

August 7, 2023

In response to popular demand, the program is welcoming back the ever-popular classes such as AP Band, Urban Dance, and Hip Hop. Due to high interest, additional classes in Guitar and Culinary Arts have been scheduled. Notably, the talented student filmmakers enrolled in the Video Production class will once again showcase their work at the Estreno Youth Film Festival, thanks to the support of Must! Charities.

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$58,000 Awarded to Children of Vineyard Farmworkers

July 13, 2023

Higher education is important to many students but paying for college can be challenging. This year, the Vineyard Team’s Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship awarded $58,000 in higher education scholarships to 18 students whose parents work in California vineyards.

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https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2023/07/11/58000-awarded-to-children-of-vineyard-farmworkers

July 13, 2023

Thanks to a partnership with Must! Charities, this unique program makes multi-year investments in higher education. 12 students received scholarship funding as a return recipient. Plus, scholarships were awarded to six recent high school graduates from Healdsburg High School (1), Paso Robles High School (2), Pioneer Valley High School (1), Soledad High School (2).

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Must! Charities Youth Board supports Tom Maas Clubhouse with generous donation

July 9, 2023

Must! Charities Youth Board members have showcased their dedication to community service by actively volunteering and raising funds for multiple nonprofit organizations throughout the year. Three students from the board recently lent their time and effort to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Cost Tom Maas Clubhouse in Paso Robles, where they engaged with staff and students in a positive and impactful manner.

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Tee-Riffic record at The Austin Hope Golf Tournament: $120,000 raised for Must! Charities

July 2, 2023

In an “it’s ball or nothing” attitude, Austin Hope and the team at Hope Family Wines came together to host another record-breaking golf tournament, leveraging regional wine industry partnerships to raise over $120,000 for Must! Charities. The ever-popular and always colorful tournament brings together interests from across the wine industry for an action-packed day focused on giving back to the region.

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Golf Tournament Raises $120,000 for Local Charity

June 25, 2023

Austin Hope and the team at Hope Family Wines came together to host another record-breaking golf tournament, leveraging regional wine industry partnerships to raise over $120,000 for Must! Charities. The popular and colorful tournament brings together interests from across the wine industry for an action-packed day focused on giving back to the region.

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