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Celebrating Empowering HeArts

A celebration of women, art and community in the SCV

Posted: November 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Alice Davis and photographer Yoti Telio stand next to his portrait of Davis which was named the winner of the art competition at the third annual Empowering HeArts event.

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The third annual Empowering HeArts event, a fundraiser hosted by Single Mothers Outreach of Santa Clarita to celebrate women, art and community was held recently at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons.

Van Hook, chancellor/president of COC, was one of the “iconic” women honored at the evening cocktail party event.

In addition to Van Hook, women also honored during the evening were Cheri Fleming, dealer principal of Valencia Acura and President-elect of Soroptimist International of the Americas; Julie Benson, Vice President for Public Relations with Princess Cruises; Diana Barnes, an expert in perinatal mood disorders; Crystl Bustos, Olympic Gold Medal softball legend; Alice Davis, Disney costume designer; Patsy Ayala, corporate relations director for Our Valley’s Magazine; Lois Bauccio, president of the Child & Family Center Foundation; Lisa DeLolng, mother, Emily Iland, autism  education advocate; Kathy Sturkey, executive director of LARC Ranch and Judi Davidson, co-founder of Davidson and Choy Publicity.

Each “iconic” woman was paired with an artist who rendered a portrait of the honored woman. Artists included: Phil Althouse, Kirby Lanier, Andreanna Arambula, Kimberly Winberry,
Alexis Surratt, Lisa Barr, Yoti Telio, Ted Dayton, Michele Thompson, Laurie Finkelstein, Lindsay Schlick, TB Greene and Samantha Hines.

Telio’s portrait of Davis, who designed the costumes for the “It’s a Small World” ride attraction at Disneyland, was named the winner of the competition.

“This honor was beyond my wildest imagination,” Fleming said. “To stand next to these amazing and wonderful women who give so much is a tremendous honor for me.”

Van Hook gave a brief address to the crowd espousing her personal philosophy for success.

“No matter who you are, you can achieve and make a difference,” she said.


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