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Women's Legacy Fund awards grants to local organizations

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More than $50,000 were awarded to local organizations to help empower young girls to become strong women.

The 14th Annual Women's Legacy Fund Luncheon was held Thursday. 

The organization provides grants to local programs that focus on empowering young girls. This year, the grant money will go toward the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County and the Boys and Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County. 

"Our grants going forward for the Women's Legacy Fund will really focus on helping to support and create preventive programs that will help these girls," said CEO of San Luis Obispo Community Foundation, Heidi McPherson. "That way we can avoid more serious problems moving forward."

The keynote speaker of the event was Carissa Phelps who was a victim of human-trafficking. 

"You have to stay positive no matter what adversities you have, you have the ability to change your mindset about them," said Phelps. "I didn't let them define me. I didn't let them become who I was or what I was going to become and instead I defined my own world."

The Community Action Partnership will use the grant for their self-esteem building program "Dream It, Be It". The Boys and Girls Club will put the funds toward their "Smart Girls" curriculum. 

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