Railroad Lends a “Helping Hand”
On Saturday, July 14th the Pacific Coast Railroad was part of the festivities at a fundraiser for Jack’s Helping Hand of San Luis Obispo. The Santa Margarita Ranch was packed with 600 guests for dinner, dancing and an awesome live auction. Bonnie Marie’s catered the dinner and ranch cowboys Aaron and Jeff led the SLO Cattlemen in barbecuing some melt-in-your-mouth prime rib.
The train crew was busy all day and had a great time, even in 100-degree heat. Days before, COO Jim McEntire was polishing brass on the #2 “Roger Linn. She gleamed like a little jewel in the bright summer sun. Volunteers Harry, Dennis and Jamie cleaned up the Disney cars to make them ready for passengers. Fire spotting duties were delegated to Bill Rust with his speeder and Ted and Mark Van Klaveren. Jim ran and Karl fired, with Jamie, Dennis and Brad conducting the entire operation about as smooth and flawless as could be.
Jack’s Helping Hand is a non-profit dedicated to helping youth with special needs. Owen Beck, son of Steve Beck, who has done most of the renovation and construction on ranch and railroad facilities, was a recipient of their generosity when he lost his leg to cancer and needed a prosthetic leg. It was a great day – in total, the successful event raised between $90-100k for a very good cause.