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Elks roast Pulskamp for charity

Posted: April 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Left to right, Steve Arklin, Bob Kellar, Don Fleming and Glenn Bogna roasted former Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers. Photo by Michele Buttleman.

Former Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp seemed to enjoy his time in the roastee chair during the 15th annual Santa Clarita Elks Roast.

Pulskamp laughed along with the ribbing he received from roasters Steve Arklin, Don Fleming and Glenn Bogna.

Bogna filled in for scheduled roaster Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin who was unable to attend.

The event raised $22,000 to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.

Pulskamp served the city of Santa Clarita since its inception in 1987 until
November 2012 when he resigned to become interim city manager of Burbank. Pulskamp became Santa Clarita city manager in 2002.

Emcee Bob Kellar, current mayor of Santa Clarita, also found time to send a few barbs Pulskamp’s way during the evening.

Keller was the first occupant of the Elks’ roastee chair, an uncomfortable looking contraption of rustic wood, but with a comfortable cushioned seat.

In addition to Kellar past roastees have included Fleming, John Riordan, Frank Ferry, Cameron Smyth, Tom Veloz, John Hoskinson, Bob Hudson, John Gedney, Carl Goldman, Wayne Crawford, Jay Thomas, Duane Harte and John Heys.

Dinner for the event was provided by the Elks Barbecue Committee and included chicken and tri-tip prepared on a grill outside the Elk’s Sierra Highway clubhouse.

Among the highlights of the evening, which included jokes and humorous photos, was Arklin performing on the harmonica.

A live auction featured vacation entertainment packages, including an Elks Barbecue Committee dinner for 30.
Pulskamp said he was “honored” to be chosen as the Elk’s roastee.

“This is for a great cause to raise money for the Samuel Dixon Health Centers,” said Pulskamp. “I’m honored to be roasted by such fine folks.”

Ed Bolden, chairman of the board of directors of Dixon Health Centers, welcomed guests to the event.

“Thank you for your support of the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers,” Bolden said.

The Dixon Centers were founded in 1980 and named for long-time Val Verde resident and minister, the late Rev. Samuel Dixon.

The Dixon Centers provide health care services for uninsured and underinsured residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Services are available at centers located in Val Verde, Canyon Country and Newhall.

For more information about the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers visit


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