Carl Goldman and Judy Penman donate fundraiser proceeds to select organizations.
The year-long story of the Santa Clarita Man and Woman of the Year has reached its apex, as the two local volunteers who won the title officially donated $4,000 to the charities of their choice.
The Santa Clarita Man and Woman of the Year program is about honoring volunteers in our town. Each year local non-profit organizations nominate some of their volunteers for the recognition, and they are all honored for their work at a press party held in March. Then, at a gala dinner in May, one man and one woman are voted into their respective Man or Woman of the Year titles.
The proceeds raised at the gala dinner are given to the Man and Woman of the Year, who then donate it to select charities. This year, each award winner received $2,000.
Making the official announcement at the KHTS Community Resource station at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, this year’s Woman of the Year Judy Penman chose to spread her money equally over the two organizations that she works with closely.
“I’m very excited that I’m able to donate $1,000 to the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley , but in particular to keep it in the community” said Penman, who noted that the money will specifically go to the Virginia Wrage Scholarship. “What we try to do is give scholarships to women who need a little hand up, a little lift to keep going towards what they want to do in their future.”
The second $1,000 Judy decided to donate to Circle of Hope.
“We use the funds we raise to fill the gap for people with breast cancer that are uninsured or underinsured living in our valley,” she said.
When it came time for Carl Goldman to decide where his $2,000 would be donated, he announced that he would divide up the money equally amongst the four organizations that nominated him;
- $500 will go to the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley , who work to advance the status of women;
- $500 will be donated to the Providence Holy Cross Foundation , which supports health care at Providence Holy Cross hospital;
- $500 was set aside for the Theatre Project SCV which focuses on bringing live, professional theatre to Santa Clarita;
- And $500 will go to benefit the Santa Clarita Disaster Coalition , which is currently assisting the local families who lost their homes in 2007’s wildfires.
Carl Goldman and Brdgette Loden
Chris Miller, Colleen Shaffer, Judy Penman and Karen Maleck-Whiteley
Chris Miller, Carl Goldman and Karen Maleck-Whiteley
Diane Green and Stephen K. Peeples
Andrea Slominski, Carl Goldman and Mark Salyer
Carl Goldman, Diane Green and Stephen K. Peeples