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Petersen named 2010 ‘Woman of Honor’ by Betty Ferguson Foundation

Posted: June 19, 2010 10:23 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2010 10:23 p.m.

Betty Ferguson Foundation has selected Jacquie Petersen as its Woman of Honor for 2010.

This honor is bestowed upon her in appreciation and recognition of her service as a philanthropist and visionary within our community.

Petersen’s achievements have provided an unparalleled example for women throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. Her dedication, hard work and tireless effort to bring high quality opportunities to Santa Clarita Valley residents has been remarkable.

The Woman of Honor dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday, September 11.

The event will feature recognition of Jacquie by friends, and family, and a special Tribute to 9/11 as well as dinner and dancing. “We are thrilled to be honoring Jacquie Petersen as our 11th Woman of Honor. Jacquie and her husband quietly came to the Santa Clarita to follow their family after much notoriety in the Brentwood Area. But it didn’t take long for Santa Clarita to embrace this wonderful couple as its own.” said Julie Sturgeon, a member of the Board of Directors of Betty Ferguson Foundation and co-chair of the event.

“The Woman of Honor Dinner is the pinnacle of our year. We have a great team working together to make Mrs. Petersen feel like the precious gem that she is,” said Jane E. Bettencourt-Soto, Betty Ferguson Foundation executive director.

The Hyatt will provide dinner, and Stew and The Crew (a popular crowd pleaser from previous dinners) will provide live music before and after dinner. Sponsors to date include: College of the Canyons Foundation, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Julie M. Sturgeon, CPA, KHTS AM 1220, Leadership Lab, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, and Women Entrepreneurs of SCV. “For us, this event is the high point of every year,” said Marjanne Priest, co-founder of the Foundation. “We have honored several amazing women over the past ten years,” she continued, “and we are looking forward to seeing many of them at this year’s event!”

Past honorees include Cheri Fleming, Roberta Veloz, Marlee Lauffer, Dianne White Crawford, Debbie Reynolds, Ruta Lee, Linda Hafizi, Elizabeth Hopp, Liz Seipel and Dr. Dianne Van Hook. Betty Ferguson Foundation is a California 501c3 nonprofit, and has been in existence for over eleven years.

Their “Train, Develop, Empower” motto communicates the foundation’s vision and mission. Proceeds from the event will fund projects and initiatives approved by the board of directors.

The board consists of an eclectic mix of Santa Clarita community leaders, business people, professionals and others, with a desire to serve.

Tickets may be purchased at the Foundation Office, 25510 West Avenue Stanford, Suite 104 in Valencia, by calling (661) 702-8712, or by visiting



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