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Leaders of Character announced

Event: Boys Scouts of America, Bill Hart District will honor SCV couples

Posted: September 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Leaders of Character honorees Don and Cheri Fleming.

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The Boy Scouts of America and event title sponsor Total Financial Solutions announced the honorees for the sixth annual Santa Clarita Valley Leaders of Character Recognition Dinner.

The list of honorees includes Kerry and Kristie Carmody, Don and Cheri Fleming and Laurene Weste and Jim McCarthy. 
Kerry Carmody is the regional chief operating officer of Providence Health and Services, California.

Kristie Carmody is retired from her daily psychotherapist practice in the SCV and active on the Providence Holy Cross Art of Healing committee.

Don and Cheri Fleming are the owners of the Valencia Acura auto dealership in Valencia.

The Flemings are well-known throughout the SCV for their philanthropic work, and were named the Santa Clarita Man and Woman of the Year in 2004.

Laurene Weste is a Santa Clarita City Councilwoman.

She is currently in her third term on the council.

Weste was named Santa Clarita Woman of the Year in 1995.

Weste is married to Jim McCarthy, who is employed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

The honor is presented annually to individuals and couples who personify the character, values and leadership demonstrated in the Boy Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, said Jeff Prada, district executive of the Bill Hart District of the Western Los Angeles County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

The couples will be honored at a dinner reception held in their honor at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Saturday.
Previous recipients of the Leaders of Character award include: Greg and Chell Amsler; Gary and Myrna Condie; Carl and Jeri Goldman; Bob Kellar; Bill and Cathy Kennedy; Kevin and Marilyn Malone; Larry G. and Sue Mankin; Howard P. “Buck” and Patricia McKeon; Rick and Ann Patterson; Harold and Jacquie Petersen; Larry and Peggy Rasmussen; Joe and Barbara Schulman; Dianne and Roger Van Hook; and Jim Ventress.

The event, a fundraiser for the Bill Hart District of the Boy Scouts of America, will feature a silent auction and other opportunities to support the Boy Scouts.

Tickets to the event are $150 each.

For attendance or sponsorship inquiries contact Jeff Prata at (661) 212-1095 or at


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