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Honoring SCV’s people of the year

Top volunteers will be named May 8 at 2009 SCV Man and Woman of the Year banquet

Posted: April 2, 2009 1:11 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Top row, left to right, nominees for 2009 SCV Woman of the Year: Nancy Coulter, Mary Ann Colf, Donna Schmidt, Marlee Lauffer and Gigi Bost. Seated, left to right: Stephanie Weiss, Jane Bettencourt-Soto, Janice Murray, Jorja Harris and Julie Sturgeon. Not pictured: Peggy Edwards, Janice Hoskinson and Dora Zavala. The 2009 SCV Man and Woman of the...

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They are the "busy bees" of the Santa Clarita Valley, the hard-working volunteers credited with making the large number of nonprofits in the SCV successful.

Since 1964 when A.B. Perkins became the first "SCV Man of the Year" volunteers in the SCV have been feted with an annual evening of recognition and awards.

The SCV Man and Woman of the Year Committee is a nonprofit organization comprised of past winners of the honor. The committee was formed in the early 80's after the Chamber of Commerce dropped sponsorship of the event. This year's dinner will be held May 8 at the Hyatt Valencia when the two award winners will be announced.

A gala "paparazzi party" hosted by Carl Goldman and Judy Penman, the 2008 Man and Woman of the Year respectively, was held March 26 to announce the Man and Woman of the Year nominees.

The party, held at the Sand Canyon estate home of Carl and Jeri Serratti Goldman (2005 SCV Woman of the Year), attracted a full house of SCV movers and shakers and past award winners.

Criteria for nomination includes long-time community commitment and service is judged in terms of the number of years of volunteer work, the impact on the community and the number of organizations involved. A vote is held by the committee and the winners are kept secret until they are announced at the annual banquet.

"We're very excited to announce that eight men and 15 women were nominated for this year's prestigious award," said Penman.

Nominees for the 2009 Woman of the Year and nominating organization(s):

Jane Bettencourt-Soto nominated by the Betty Ferguson Foundation.

Gigi Bost nominated by the SCV Committee on Aging.

Mary Ann Colf nominated by Rotary.

Nancy Coulter nominated by the American Cancer Society, SCV Unit.

Peggy Edwards nominated by Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Tamara Gurney nominated by Providence Health and Services Foundation.

Jorja Harris nominated by the SCV Domestic Violence Center.

Janice Hoskinson nominated by the SCV Child and Family Center Foundation.

Marlee Lauffer nominated by the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Janice Murray nominated by the SCV Boys & Girls Club.

Lynne Plambeck nominated by SCOPE.

Donna Schmidt nominated by Elks.

Julie Sturgeon nominated by the Betty Ferguson Foundation.

Stephanie Weiss nominated by ACTION Parent Teen Support Group.

Dora Zavala nominated by Soroptimist International of Greater SCV.

Nominated for Man of the Year and nominating organization:

Greg Amsler nominated by Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Chris Ball nominated by Rotary.

Kerry Carmody nominated by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Wayne Crawford nominated by Carousel Ranch and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Rick Patterson nominated by the Hart Facilities Foundation and SCV Committee on Aging.

Craig Peters nominated by the SCV Boys & Girls Club.

Tom Schmidt nominated by the Elks.

Steve Sturgeon nominated by the Child and Family Center Foundation.

The nominations include two couples, Tom and Donna Schmidt, both nominated by the Elks and Steve and Julie Sturgeon. Steve Sturgeon was nominated by the Child and Family Center and Julie Sturgeon was nominated by the Betty Ferguson Foundation.

Tickets to the SCV Man and Woman of the Year dinner to be held on May 8 dinner are $75 each and available from the 2008 Woman of the Year, Judy Penman at (661) 254-5931 or japenman@dslextreme.com. For information visit www.scvmanandwomanoftheyear.com.

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