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Community In Focus
May, 2017 - Issue #151
SCV Man & Woman of the Year Event
Benefits Local Nonprofits

Santa Clarita is, in many ways, a thriving community because of the thousands of volunteers who donate time and talent to make it so. The most tireless among those donors are lauded each year by the SCV Man & Woman of the Year Committee.

2017 Woman of the Year Nominees
Mary Ann Bennett, SRD Straightening Reins Foundation
Jane Bettencourt-Soto, Forged by Fire Foundation
Ann-Marie Bjorkman, Boys & Girls Club of SCV
Marianne Cederlind, Carousel Ranch
Tami Edwards, Rotary Club of SCV
Diane Green, SCV Disaster Coalition
Sandra Ann Hardy, Girl Scouts of Greater LA
Tracy Hauser, SCV Senior Center
Pam Ingram, Soroptimist International of Greater SCV
Janine Jones, American Cancer Society
Laina McFerren, SCV Child & Family Center
Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers
Janice Murray, Circle of Hope
Susan Reynolds, Domestic Violence Center and Boy Scouts of America
Christine Sarro Sexton, Zonta Club of SCV
Doris Marie Zimmer, College of the Canyons Foundation

2017 Man of the Year Nominees
Alan Ferdman, Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers
Tom Hough, Boy Scouts of America
Taylor Kellstrom, Circle of Hope and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Jonathan Kraut, Domestic Violence Center
Nick Lentini, Child & Family Center and Rotary Club of SCV
Randy Moberg, College of the Canyons Foundation
Bruce Munster, SRD Straightening Reins Foundation
Kirk Nelson, American Red Cross
Todd Stevens, SCV Senior Center
Eric Stroh, Carousel Ranch
Chuck Strong, American Legion Hall
Jim Ventress, Boys & Girls Club of SCV

The winners will be selected from among the nominees and announced at the May 5 Man and Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. The two winners each receive up to $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit(s) of their choice. Tickets can be purchased online for the event.
www.scvmw.org

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GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE SCV
COC Offers Free First Year of Study

College of the Canyons (COC) serves the Santa Clarita Valley as a vital, enduring, cultural, educational and economic force in the region. The COC Foundation generates philanthropic support for the college, allowing COC to perform beyond the achievement level that tax dollars alone can support and to strive for the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship, vocational training and innovation. As part of a national and statewide initiative, COC is launching an exciting new opportunity for local high school students to attend their first year of college completely free. The first 26 months of the program will be funded through a $750,000 grant from the California Community College State Chancellor's Office. Thereafter, for the following 24 months, the College of the Canyons Foundation is expected to raise $250,000 per year for two years. First-Year Promise, as it is known, will not only reduce the financial challenges faced by college students, it will reinforce the college's commitment to offer a quality affordable and accessible educational experience, which builds a strong foundation for lifelong learning. Applications are now being accepted and closes Monday, May 15.
www.canyons.edu/promise

MISSION VALLEY BANK IS MORE THAN A COMMUNITY BANK
Mission Valley Bank's local roots run deep, motivated by the desire to be an integral part of the area they serve. A strong community thrives on personal relationships and Mission Valley Bank supports - and is honored to be supported by - the Santa Clarita Valley. Mission Valley Bank is more than just another local bank. They are a full-service, independent, commercial bank that is locally owned, community minded and relationship driven. They're proud to have earned their reputation as Trusted Advisors. Mission Valley Bank is as dedicated to their customers' success as they are. They appreciate their business and welcome the opportunity to earn yours.
Mission Valley Bank Centre Pointe Business Banking Office
775-5693
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