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Letter: Thank you, from the Domestic Violence Center

Posted: April 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 9, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center recently hosted a special Mardi Gras recognition and fundraising dinner to support the center’s shelter house, which provides a haven for women and children in need. Community leaders gathered at the local Elks Lodge to both help the center and honor two unsung community leaders.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth — who was honored last year with the Legislator of the Year award by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, recognizing his commitment to ending domestic violence, and his bipartisan approach to helping this issue remain funded and in the forefront — has been an amazing supporter of the center.

Smyth’s work at the state level helped secure much-needed funding locally, and is a big reason why the local Domestic Violence Center is alive and well today.

Also in support of the center and the needs of the local shelter house, Smyth recently raffled off a private tour in the state Capitol building as part of the KHTS AM-1220 bus trip this year, with the proceeds benefiting the Domestic Violence Center.
The board of directors and the center’s executive director are very appreciative of Smyth’s ongoing dedication and support.

Local attorney and longtime activist Hunt Braly was also honored for his tireless efforts in support of the Domestic Violence Center. Braly has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services to the center, and regularly advocates for the center’s women and children in need. The board and executive director of the Domestic Violence Center are very grateful for the continued work provided by Braly.

Many local businesses and individuals have stepped up to support the center and assist with the many needed repairs to the local shelter house, for which we are eternally grateful.

Santa Clarita is a special place because of the tireless work of so many. While it seems inadequate, we are deeply grateful and say: “Thank you.”


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