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Gala: Jim Hicken is honored at Zonta Club of SCV Celebrity Tribute

Posted: November 10, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Members of the Mighty Z Players perform a radio play “The Loan Ranger, The Missing Heir.”

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Jim Hicken, president and CEO of the Bank of Santa Clarita, showed off his fun side by riding into the banquet room of the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hill astride his trusty “steed” Silver.

Hicken galloped around the room on the stick pony to the strains of the theme from the classic radio and television show “The Lone Ranger.”

The 37th annual Celebrate Tribute Dinner is a fundraising event for the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley. The event attracted nearly 200 attendees.

“Zonta is a wonderful organization,” said Hicken. “We hope to have a lot of fun tonight and I hope it is one of those evenings where people walk away and say, ‘I’m glad I came.’”

Proceeds of the event benefit the Zonta Club of SCV Foundation which offers scholarships to women and girls in the SCV and supports a variety of philanthropic works including support for other nonprofits in the SCV.

A live auction, overseen by auctioneer Mark Drilling of Stokes Auction Group, included such unique items as “Bed and Breakfast in the Big House.” This party for 12 at a private dorm at Pitchess Detention Center included a behind-the-scenes bus tour of the facility.

The auction also included original Randy Wicks cartoons, a Disney “Ultimate Adventure” and the Zonta’s annual Red,
White and Blueberry breakfast with front row seating for the annual Newhall Fourth of July parade.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Mighty Z Players, Wayne and Marilyn Hackett, Frank and Carol Rock, Eddie Frierson, Duane Harte, Paul Strickland and Leon Worden.

They voiced a radio play  called “The Loan Ranger, The Missing Heir.”

Computer sound effects were enhanced by Lois Bauccio (on coconut shells) and Austin Dave.

Zonta Club of SCV President Jo Ann Rodriguez said she’s known Hicken for many years.

“I knew he was an untapped resource,” she said.  “It was such an honor that he said yes and agreed to be unmasked as the Loan Ranger.”

Hicken’s ties to Wyoming and his work as a ranch hand in his youth was the inspiration for the “Loan Ranger” theme.

Among the attendees was Zonta International President Dianne Curtis, a member of the SCV Zonta Club.

Curtis recently returned from a three-week tour of Zonta conferences in Asia.

“I was lucky to be in town so I could come to this event,” said Curtis. “We appreciate what the community does to support our local and international projects.”

For more information about  the Zonta Club of SCV visit


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