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Shelley Hann is honored at 28th annual Zonta of SCV Tribute Dinner

Posted: November 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Armand Kay, as Elvis, entertains the crowd at the Zonta Tribute Dinner for Shelley Hann.

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A little bit of the glamour and glitz of Las Vegas was recreated to honor Santa Clarita Valley philanthropist Shelley Hann at the 28th annual Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley Tribute Dinner.

The fundraiser, to benefit the programs of the Zonta Club, was held at the Odyssey Restaurant in Mission Hills and included live and silent auctions, as well as entertainment and Elvis.

Hann surprised the crowd by donning a show girl outfit and headdress at the end of the evening to rebut the “tributes” paid to her by the trio of Don Fleming, Ed Masterson and Susan Reynolds.

A resident of Westridge, Hann is the founder of the nonprofit SCV Women and Men of Honor and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Thalian Mental Health Center, Soroptimists of Santa Clarita Valley and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Previous honorees have included Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, former California State Sen. Ed Davis, Ruth and Scott Newhall, College of the Canyons Chancellor/President Dianne Van Hook, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, The Signal, Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar and SCV Realtor Mike Lebecki.

Entertainment for the event was offered up by Jimmy Carnelli, Armand Kay as Elvis and Marilyn Hackett as “Donna for all Summers.”

Co-chairwomen of the event included Barbara Cochran, Judy Penman, Adele Macpherson, Sharon Collins and Cherise Moore.

Funds raised by a live auction of more than a dozen items benefit the numerous programs and scholarships offered by the Zonta Club of SCV to assist women and girls in the SCV and worldwide.

An emotional plea from Randy Wrage helped raise additional funds for the Zonta Club’s Fund-a-Need.

The club assists mature women experiencing a life-altering event with the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund, founded in memory of Wrage’s mother.

After Wrage’s parents divorced, his mother became a flight attendant for American Airlines.

“She made the best of a difficult time,” said a tearful Wrage. “Shortly thereafter she got sick and her friends from Zonta never wavered. They showed up and said, whatever we can do, we will do. I raise my hat to the Zonta gals. They are the best that ever were.”

The Zonta Club of SCV organized in the SCV nearly 40 years ago and has more than 60 members.

The Zonta Club offers LifeForward Workshops designed to build self-sufficiency in SCV women through workshops and seminars; scholarships for women for undergraduate education; a robotics program offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley and a Court Advocacy Program to assist victims of domestic violence.

For more information about the Zonta Club of SCV and its programs visit www.scvzonta.org.

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