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SCV service clubs present their 2014 Man and Woman of the Year candidates

Posted: March 5, 2014 6:39 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 6:39 p.m.

Pam Felton introduces Chuck Morris, one of the 29 nominees for Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year 2014, during a gala dinner Tuesday night. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo


The 29 nominees for the 2014 Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year were presented at a gala “Paparazzi Party” this week to be recognized for their achievements as community volunteers.

A single Man of the Year and Woman of the Year will be selected from among the nominees and named in May.

The candidates were nominated by representatives from Santa Clarita Valley service clubs, nonprofit organizations and foundations. They are being honored for their contributions to the community through volunteer service.

The Tuesday night gala was hosted by Steve Sturgeon and Elizabeth Hopp, last year’s honorees.

“The purpose was to historically honor long-serving volunteers in the community,” Hopp said about the event.

A voting committee of former Men and Women of the Year organizes the annual event, a tradition that has been carried on in the Santa Clarita Valley since the 1960s.

Hopp said part of the process for selecting members for the honor is to ask all of the nonprofits in town to nominate someone.

Through the several rounds of voting, Hopp said, committee members decide if a nominee has met the criteria to be selected for the honor.

The nominee must have volunteered for more than one nonprofit and cannot be employed by the nonprofit. Length of service as a volunteer is considered.

“They must be a true volunteer,” Hopp said.

Additionally, each candidate must have “sweat equity.”

“They can’t just be on a board and write a check,” she said. “They must actually have done some physical work.”
The event, originally called “Citizen of the Year,” began in 1964.

Ed Bolden, the 1970 SCV Man of the Year, remains involved as a committee member and sees the honor as motivation to be active in the community.

“It’s encouraging to be recognized, so you do it some more,” he said. “It encourages you to be a participant and you get to be proud of this place.”




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