John Frye, Carl Goldman and Barry Gump.
Below are the biographies of three volunteers up for the award. Each one deserves recognition for the work they do. We will feature three nominees every day this week.
4 John Frye
John Frye has been a strong supporter of community-based organizations for more than 20 years. A former executive in agriculture for Newhall Land & Farming, he has devoted years of service to the Castaic-Val Verde area. He is nominated by the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center where he has been on its board since 1997. He has served in all the officer positions, including president in 2000-02, chaired the Building Committee for the past seven years, chaired the development and implementation of Canyon Country Clinic which opened in 2000, and currently serves on the Membership committee, Executive Committee, Fund-Raising Committee, and Board Development Committee. He has been a member of the Castaic Education Foundation for 12 years. He was a founding member, served on the Grants Committee during all that time, and served as the Foundation’s president, 1998-2000. He has also been a member of the Castaic Lions for 17 years, and served on every fund-raising committee: 5K Run, Blues Night, and Casino Night, and hosted Summer Meetings. He has served on the Castaic Western Days committee for the past 10 years, and was chair in 1999. He was on the Organizing Committee of the Castaic Golf Tournament, 1999-2002. He was a volunteer in Castaic Middle School 1997-2001, where he donated his time to the Science Olympiad, History Day, PTA Live Oak School “Principal for a Day”, and Adopt-a-Family Program. He has been a major supporter and volunteer for the Valencia High School Choral Program, 1999-2002. Currently he is active with Ventura County Farm Bureau, Sunkist Cooperative, a member of the Piru Citrus Organization Board, Calavo Avocado Board, and the Santa Clarita River Enhancement Committee. Through these organizations he has contributed to youth development and to many school programs. John aided the distribution of Newhall Land funds to community service organizations in eastern Ventura County including Fillmore Boys & Girls Club and 4-H Club. He has been a supporter of the College of the Canyons Disabled Students Programs and Services. Outside the SCV, John has been a board member of the national Agricultural Leadership Program for 23 years, a board member of the Agricultural Education Foundation, 1996-2000, and a supporter of the Sutter Youth Organization in Sutter, California.
5 Carl Goldman
Carl Goldman is a 17-year resident of the Santa Clarita Valley and has been active not only through his local radio station, KHTS AM-1220, but in personally serving many community and social service organizations in the community. He has been a supporter of the SCV Committee on Aging, a member of the Canyon Country Chamber of Commerce, the SCV Chamber of Commerce (where he served as vice-president of Government Affairs and headed several committees), and the Santa Clarita Council of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a founding member of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, as well as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club Foundation, the College of the Canyons Foundation, the Child & Family Center Foundation, Providence Holy Cross Foundation, and the Hart High School Honor Band Gala. Carl used his position with his radio station after the 1994 Earthquake to report emergency bulletins to the fragmented community and to lead and coordinate resources for recovery. In 2005, while serving as chairman of the SCV Chapter of the American Red Cross, he witnessed the local torrential rainstorms and the short-comings of local disaster aid and the long-term needs of the victims, which prompted him to organize the SCV Disaster Coalition to provide additional help. He has extended this assistance beyond the Santa Clarita Valley. Last year, Carl helped families displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to find homes in the SCV. Moreover, he coordinated a book drive which produced 97,000 books, plus $1600 in credits from Borders, to restock libraries in five elementary schools in Houma, Louisiana. He constantly uses his media leadership position to help the community: assisting the Community Recycling Program, the Annual Love Ride, and helping promote blood drives with the American Red Cross. His service to the Providence Holy Cross Foundation is exemplary. He helped raise $7.5 million for the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency/Trauma Center, and is now helping raise additional funds for a four-story addition to the hospital; he has arranged for a BloodMobile to be based in Valencia; and he installed the Art-of-Healing program which displays artwork of local artists and students in the hospital. Besides financially supporting many of these organizations, he and his radio station donate many hours of program time to publicize the activities of non-profits, and they donate items to benefit auctions for charity throughout the year He is nominated by the Providence Holy Cross Foundation, SCV Committee on Aging, SCV Senior Center and the SCV Disaster Coalition.
6 Barry Gump
Barry Gump's volunteer work and philanthropy in the Santa Clarita Valley has spanned more than two decades. Despite his laid-back, behind-the-scenes style, Barry epitomizes the spirit that makes Santa Clarita a core of volunteerism. Nominated by the Boys & Girls Club, his passion of helping others is borne out of his parents’ strong example and the heartache of a personal loss. He and his wife Pati lost a child to Cystic Fibrosis in 1970. Barry served as President of the local Cystic Fibrosis chapter, traveling throughout the state speaking in support of families affected by the disease. He also serves on the board of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. He has donated time, equipment, services and money to many local charitable organizations: the Victims of Domestic Violence, the SCV Homeless Shelter, Carousel Ranch, LARC Ranch, the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, Heads Up, Mentryville, the SCV Marathon, and the SCV School to Business Alliance. And the list goes on. His concern for kids at the Boys & Girls Club has prompted Barry to do everything for the "Festival of the Trees:" designing and fabricating tree stands each year, building elaborate Festival displays with intricate moving parts, providing tens of thousands of dollars of in-kind services and volunteer support, and helping the Club solve challenging logistics issues over the years. Barry is a supporter of virtually every major charity event in our valley. The value of his support may total hundreds of thousands of dollars, but he doesn't keep track. Barry has made it a life-long pursuit of giving back, never forgetting those who helped his family when they needed it most.
The official 2007 Man and Woman of the Year will be named at the 40th Annual Recognition Dinner to be held Friday, May 4, 2007, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Valencia Hotel. The event will pay tribute to the top volunteers in Santa Clarita Valley and to past award recipients. It will benefit a number of charities and will include dinner, a multi-media presentation and the recognition ceremony.