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Honorees named for Empowering HeArts

Posted: August 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Happy August! Wasn’t that an interesting Mid-western-type afternoon thunderstorm we had in the Santa Clarita Valley on Friday? Now we know what it’s like to live in Kansas!

Honorees named

Da’Anne Smith, executive director of Single Mothers Outreach has announced the honorees for the nonprofit’s third annual Empowering HeArts fundraiser. The event will be held 5-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 a the College of the Canyons Art Gallery on the Valencia campus of College of the Canyons. Tickets are $65 each. Each of the honorees will be the subject of an artwork and recognized during the event. Honorees and the category they represent include: Patsy Ayala, entrepreneur; Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes, social change; Lois Bauccio, non-profit leadership; Julie Benson, business; Crystal Bustos, sports; Judi Davidson, entrepreneur; Alice Davis, arts; Lisa DeLong, maternal; Cheri Fleming, non-profit leadership, Emily Iland, education; Kathy Sturkey, non-profit leadership and Dr. Dianne Van Hook, education. For more information about the event and the mission Single Mothers Outreach visit

Midnight at the Ranch

Heads up! Midnight at the Ranch might be one of the more fun and fabulous events to be held this year. The event, to be held on Sept. 22, will benefit the Santa Paula Police and Fire Foundation and Chamber of Commerce. It will be held at the historic Limonaria ranch. Moonlight at the Ranch VI: “Creatures of the Night!” will be part costume party and part food tasting extravaganza. Special guests for the Monster’s ball-themed event will be Bela Lugosi Jr. and Sara Karloff. Honorary co-chairs are the late Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula) and late Boris Karloff (Frankenstein). What a fun idea! For more information visit

Bras for a Cause

Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita Valley will present the ninth annual “Bras for a Cause 2012 – Salutes Our Hometown Heroes”  on Oct. 7 at  the Oaks Grille, located at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on  beautifully decorated hand-made lingerie art and other silent auction items while browsing through merchandise for sale from supporting vendors.  

You can support this event by purchasing a $65 ticket to attend the event, becoming a sponsor, donating a bra for auction, contributing an item(s) for auction or raffle, purchasing an ad in the event program or sending a tax deductible donation. Tickets can be purchased at or onsite at the event.  

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or joining Soroptimist International of SCV, contact event chairwomen, Patti Golding,
661-295-5786; 661-212-4338, or or Kaye Cruger, 661-200-1190 ext. 31902; 661-263-1935 or crugerck

Night at Coconut Grove

I am looking forward to what may be the most fabulous event ever held in the SCV (if I do say so myself) — A Night at the Coconut Grove — to benefit several nonprofits in the SCV. The evening will honor state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and fashionista Margo Miller Hudson. The event will be hosted by the SCV Women and Men of Honor committee, on which I serve with Shelley Hann, Greg Amsler, Billie Hubbard, Ed Masterson and Joann Vindigni. I think this is the model for fundraisers of the future, an event that benefits more than one existing nonprofit. Kudos to Harold and Jacquie Petersen for stepping up in one of the sponsorship roles.  For more information, email or call Shelley Hann at 818-599-0011.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook or on Twitter @SCVScene.


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