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Project Heartbeat

About Project Heartbeat

Project Heartbeat is a non-profit fund-raising committee used to raise funds for medical equipment used in your community and on your local ambulances. The committee currently consists one chair member. Active recruitments for additional members will begin soon.

person iconDon Melendy

Former CCHD Administrator and longtime Cambria resident

A request for funds is made by the ambulance crew to the committee via memorandum explaining the type of equipment or funding needed. The committee chairperson will review the request with the other committee member(s) and report back to the ambulance crew.

Project Heartbeat is an Independent Fund-Raising Committee
Established in 1977.


Lifesaving equipment purchased over the many years with the help of Project Heartbeat funds...

  • EKG/Defibrillators
  • Cervical (Neck) Immobilization Collars
  • Heart Lung Resuscitator (HLR)
  • Infant Resuscitator
  • Backboards and Pedi-Boards Stretcher
  • MAST Trousers/Anti-shock Pants
  • Obstetrical Kits
  • Trauma Packs
  • Stair Chairs
  • Oxygen Cylinders
  • Stethoscopes
  • ...and much more.

Donate to
Project Heartbeat
and help us save lives.

Do You Want to Be a Life Saver?

You can help save lives by giving a tax-deductible gift to Project Heartbeat and help us prepare for the medical challenges ahead.

This year, please consider supporting Project Heartbeat.

Make a Donation to Project Heartbeat and help us save lives.

Click "Donate Now!" and you will be redirected to The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County where you can make a donation to Project Heartbeat online.

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Thank you for help us help you and our community.

Great News! Your donation is tax-deductible and qualifies for the maximum tax benefit under state and federal law!

Purpose of Project Heartbeat

Since its initial purchase of a heart monitor in 1977, the committee has directed its efforts toward acquiring equipment that directly benefits the operations of the ambulances. Although the Cambria Community Healthcare District provides general funding for the ambulances, it is limited as to the type of equipment that can be purchased. Project Heartbeat provides the option of obtaining upgraded, higher-end equipment that would otherwise be considered too expensive for the District to acquire.

History of Project Heartbeat

In 1977 Project Heartbeat was founded by Art James and Doris Melendy as a means to raise monies for an expensive heart monitor. The fund-raising effort was so successful that a Project Heartbeat committee was formed to continue to receive donations toward ambulance equipment. Since this time Project Heartbeat has raised over thirty-thousand dollars and has acquired new and modern medical devices for our ambulances

In 1989, Art was approached by Bill and Barbara Sebro, then owners of the Moonraker Restaurant, about conducting a fund-raising dinner for Project Heartbeat as a thank you for the assistance that the ambulance crews had been providing for Barbara’s mom. The idea was to work with local wineries in providing wine for the multi-course, gourmet dinner now referred to as the "Winemakers Dinner". The first dinner was very successful, and continues as a fundraising tradition.

In 1993, Penny and Tom purchased the restaurant, renamed it the Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill and the Winemakers Dinner was held at this location until 1997.

The dinner was then offered at the Brambles Dining House under the guidance of Nick and Debbie Kaperonis, continuing to be held there until 2003.

In 2008, dinner was held at Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill and was a great success. Owners, John and Kern McKinnon and their staff provided a wonderful 5 course meal with excellent wine donated by Harmony and Castoro Cellars. We greatly appreciate Trustee Paula Taves, Vice President Frank Fratto, and committee member Art James as they organized and planned this year's fundraising dinner.

In 2004, the Project Heartbeat fund-raising account was incorporated into The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, allowing contributions to Project Heartbeat to be tax deductible.