They presented a check to fund further work on the Traffic Way inclusive playground

ATASCADERO — Atascadero Kiwanis Club, chartered here in 1969, presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to Parents Helping Parents to be used for further work on its inclusive playground on Traffic Way, next to the city’s recreation complex. 

The special play facility is targeted to children with mental or physical disabilities. It is also available for the general population as well.

The money was raised as a result of the club’s 11th annual Mayors’ Kiwanis Winemaker event. The local Kiwanis club has raised approximately $500,000 to benefit local nonprofits over the past 11 seasons. Plans are already underway for the 12th annual fundraiser in June 2023.


Present to receive the check were Sharlene Agrusa and Mark Shaffer from Parents Helping Parents nonprofit organization’s board. 

Kiwanians from left include Mark Dariz, treasurer; Trudy Meyer, E.J. Rossi, president; Tom O’Malley, immediate past president, Clen Casey and Kevin Anderson, past president and Kiwanis Lt. Governor for the Central Coast. These Kiwanians all chaired the various sub-committees that make the fundraiser possible.