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Posted: January 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2012 1:30 a.m.

West Ranch High School was honored for the dedication of their students who have helped with foundation campaigns and worked all weekend long on Make A Difference Day.

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The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Foundation recently installed Myles McNamara for his second year as foundation president. 

Jill Bondy was installed as president-elect and will be taking over the presidency in 2013.

Other officers installed included Vice President Gerri McCorkle, Treasurer Randy Wrage and Secretary Alethia Calagias.
Kathy Kellar, John Oakes and Patti Rasmussen retired from the board this year.

Lisa Murphy will join current board members Sharon Bronson, Linda Camarillo, Chris Carpenter, Barbara Stearns-Cochran, Sue Endress, Chris Fall, Linda Hafizi, Bob Kellar, John Lutz, Marlee Lauffer, Jim Makous, Doreen Shine, David Stone, Erica Betz, and Lena Tracy.

Linda Pippin was named Volunteer of the Year during the event.

“Linda Pippin was named as Volunteer of the Year for her many years of helping the Foundation get off its feet, working every single event and always having a ‘can-do’ attitude,” said Kathy Crone, executive director of the Senior Center Foundation.

Lockheed Federal Credit Union was named Corporate Sponsor of the Year for its support of the foundation.

“We are so thankful for the incredible support from Lockheed Federal Credit Union,” Crone said. “They have provided over $20,000 in contributions to the foundation.”

Crone said employees Mike Peluso and Marilyn Civita purchased everything on the Foundation’s Adult Daycare Wish List.

“They really made the dreams come true for Adult Daycare,” Crone said. “They’ve volunteered on Thanksgiving and many other days during the year. We are so grateful for the incredible support of the more than 55 percent of Lockheed Federal Credit Union employees who contribute out of their paychecks to the Senior Center Foundation.”

Named Intergenerational Volunteers of the Year was West Ranch High School ASB.

“We also honored West Ranch High School for the dedication of their students,” Crone said. “The West Ranch students have helped with all of our campaigns and they worked all weekend long on Make A Difference Day.”

Crone said the Senior Center Foundation board is made up of dedicated volunteers and community leaders.

“Our full board is an incredible group of dedicated individuals with full lives, careers, families other commitments and yet they find the time to support our Senior Center through the many meetings, events, campaigns — not just monetarily, but through hard work and dedication,” she said.

Crone was also recognized during the installation and volunteer recognition for her “hard work and dedication” on behalf of the Senior Center Foundation.

The next fundraising event for the Foundation will be the 26th annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner 2012. Bondy will serve as
event chairwoman. The theme of this year’s event — to be held Feb. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia — will be “Passages in Time.”

Crone said the 2011 event was sold out.

“With the help of this fundraiser we were able to serve more than 156,000 meals to our seniors last year,” Crone said.

The centerpiece of the event is the hotly contested “Waiter of the Year” competition. Previous winners have included Brian Koegle, Mike Peluso and David Gauny.

The Senior Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization the purpose of which is to raise money to support Adult Day Care, Home Delivered Meals and other funding needs at the Senior Center. Additional information about the Foundation is available by visiting www.scvseniorfoundation.org. For questions, call the SCV Senior Center at (661) 259-9444 or email info@scvseniorfoundation.org.

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