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Nominees for MWOY named

Man and Woman of Year will be named on May 4

Posted: March 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Nominees Bill Lively and Cheryl Gray, left, were introduced at the annual Paparazzi Party held Tuesday evening at the home of Brad and Candy Spahr in Canyon Country.

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Nonprofits in the Santa Clarita Valley have put forth their best and brightest for the honor of being named SCV Man and SCV Woman of the Year.

One of the longest running events in the SCV, the 46th annual SCV Man and Woman of the Year dinner will be held May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Until that night, the honorees will remain a closely guarded secret held by members of the Man and Woman of the Year committee.

The committee is made up of former SCV Men and Women of the Year.

Chairs of this year's event are last year's honorees, 2011 SCV Man of the Year Harry Bell and 2011 SCV Woman of the Year Candy Spahr.

A Paparazzi Party was held Tuesday evening at the home of Brad and Candy Spahr in Canyon Country to introduce the 2012 nominees.

Each nominee was introduced by a representative of the nominating organization, and his and her accomplishments were recounted.

Bob Benjamin was nominated twice, by Soroptimist International of SCV and the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation.

Benjamin was introduced by Sandi Naba and Diana Vose in separate presentations.

Gary Choppe was nominated by Family Promise of SCV. He was introduced by Larry Comp, and his contributions to the nonprofit, which serves homeless families, were recounted.

Tom Dierckman was nominated by the Boys & Girls Club of SCV.

Jim Ventress spoke about Dierckman's long service to the club as the 2003 SCV Man of the Year. Duane Harte held up an oversized poster-sized picture of Dierckman.

Steve Kilker was nominated by the American Cancer Society.

Andie Bogdan introduced Kilker and spoke about his work for a variety of SCV nonprofits.

Jim Lentini was nominated by the SCV Rotary Club.

Lentini was introduced by Trish Grinnell, who spoke about his efforts to create the Rotary Garden at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.

Bill Lively was nominated by the Zonta Club of SCV.

Chris Miller introduced Lively, who has announced the winners of the SCV Man and Woman of the Year with song the past few years.

John Lutz was nominated by the SCV Senior Center Foundation.

Kathy Crone spoke about Lutz' work with the foundation's successful golf tournament.

Steve Sturgeon was nominated by the Child & Family Center.

Lois Bauccio introduced Sturgeon and urged the committee to read "all of his resume."

Diane Benjamin was nominated by Soroptimist International of SCV.

Naba spoke about how Benjamin has worked to the benefit of the SCV.

Myrna Condie was nominated by Boys & Girls Club of SCV. Ventress introduced Condie and credited her with bringing the Festival of Trees fundraiser to the club.

Marina Contreras was nominated by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Chandra Rulf introduced Contreras.

"Since she has served as chairwoman of the Light the Night Walk participation went from 1,000 participants in 2009 to 2,000 in 2011," Rulf said.

Laurie Ender was nominated by Family Promise of SCV. Comp spoke about how Ender helped raise money by dancing for the nonprofit.

Sue Endress was nominated by the SCV Rotary Club.

Endress was introduced by Grinnell. She listed Endress' work with a variety of SCV nonprofits.

Cheryl Gray was nominated by Zonta Club of SCV.

Gray was introduced by Miller. She recounted Grey's long list of volunteer activities.

Linda Hafizi was nominated by the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation. Vose introduced Hafizi and spoke about her work for the hospital.

Debbie Heys was nominated by the Child and Family Center. Heys was introduced by Bauccio.

"She is truly an amazing volunteer," Bauccio said.

Dawn Hovhannisyan was nominated by Single Mothers Outreach.

Hovhannisyan was introduced by DaAnne Smith.

Smith spoke about Hovhannisyan's seven years of service to the nonprofit.

Gerri McCorkle was nominated by the SCV Senior Center Foundation.

Crone spoke about McCorkle's service to the senior community.

Agnes Russell was nominated by the American Cancer Society.

Bogdan introduced Russell and spoke about her many years of dedication to the American Cancer Society.

The award is presented in recognition to residents who have given outstanding volunteer service to the SCV.

According to Spahr volunteer service is defined by long-time community commitment that is not work related.

The honor dates back to 1964 when the Newhall-Saugus Chamber of Commerce named A.B. Perkins the Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Winners receive proceeds from the dinner event to donate to the nonprofit of their choice.

In addition, each winner receives an engraved license plate frame for his or her vehicle which lists the year and the title of SCV Man (or Woman) of the Year.

The 46th annual SCV Man and Woman of the Year dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia on Friday, May 4. Tickets are $85 per person; sponsor table is $1,000 and includes a half page ad. For information on purchasing tickets or program ad, contact Candy Spahr at Candy.Spahr@gmail.com or 661-299-5536.

 

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