Takin’ Care of Business 12-15-2022

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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

December 15, 2022

Donate to Two Toy Drives at Costa Gallery 

‘Tis the Season to help Los Osos kids enjoy the holidays. Costa Gallery has drop-off bins for two Toy Drives, organized by Toys for Tots AND Jennifer Rehill-Doyle with Century 21 Real Estate, until Sunday, December 18. 

Bring unwrapped new toys for both fundraisers before Sunday Dec. 18.  Costa Gallery is open from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., Wed through Sun at 2087 10th St. in Los Osos. Find out more at costagallery.com. 

Food Drive Friday

A Morro Bay Facebook group is organizing a food drive for the holidays accepting non-perishable food that they will share with local a groups’ efforts.

The “Morro Bay Times” Facebook group will accept donations of canned goods, dried goods or other non-perishable items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Morro Bay Vet’s Hall, 209 Surf St.

The food drive benefits local food groups, the Food Bank, and the free Morro Bay Community Dinners Program (held Monday nights at the Vet’s Hall).

New Executive Director for Hearst Foundation

Mitch Massey has taken the helm as Executive Director for the Foundation at Hearst Castle. He replaces Michael Young who retired after serving in the position for the past five years.

Massey was selected, in part, because of his incredibly diverse background and an extensive network stretching across the state of California, the Foundation said.

 “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to be chosen to lead the Foundation,” said Massey in a news release. “I have involved myself for over 30 years in the region as a TV sportscaster at KSBY-TV and as an executive for Heritage Oaks Bank.” 

Massey was also CEO of iiiT Inc. in Newport Beach, which supported nearly 200 non profits in the country. 

“Mitch has come aboard bringing new energy and a complete dedication to The Foundation at Hearst Castle,” said Abe Marquez, board president. “His experience and vast network of contacts is far-reaching. I am looking forward to exciting days ahead as we at the Foundation continue to preserve the jewel of California State Parks, and most importantly, give opportunities to young people through our Build the Dream Through STEAM education programs.”

In his tenure, Young’s contributions to the Foundation included a complete organizational rebranding and developing a STEAM-based youth educational program.

“Vision accomplished,” said Marqueze.“I, along with the entire Board of Directors at The Foundation at Hearst Castle want to wish Michael the best of luck in his new endeavors, and express our deepest and sincerest thanks for his accomplishments.” 

The Foundation at Hearst Castle’s mission is to support the conservation and restoration of Hearst Castle, and to offer youth programs for underserved middle school students — to enhance the appreciation of the art and architecture of this world-class museum and monument, ultimately enriching the visitor experience and inspiring future generations of visionaries.

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