On Friday, 2010 Man and Woman of the Year honorees Wayne Crawford and Mary Ann Colf donated a total of $2,000 to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital and Carousel Ranch.
As part of the titles, recipients select charities to receive the proceeds made from the annual ceremony.
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Nominees typically include community volunteers and leaders of the Santa Clarita Valley’s nonprofit organizations.
“I always felt that anybody that is nominated should be honored in some way and we just happen to be the two individuals this year that happened to get through the voting process,” said Crawford, who has volunteered with more than 20 local nonprofit groups.
With $1,000 to draw from, Crawford decided to give Henry Mayo and Carousel Ranch $500 each. Carousel Ranch offers therapeutic horseback riding to children with disabilities.
“I’ve been a fan of the hospital forever and supported it in every way. We have a great hospital here and I solicit everybody in the valley to support the hospital 100 percent. It is our hospital; it’s our only hospital,” said Crawford. “It’s one of the best I think anywhere in the world.”
The local has hospital has recently undergone a series of improvements, expanding its intensive care unit and emergency room, adding a cardiac/catheter laboratory and constructing a neonatal intensive care unit.
“My other love is Carousel Ranch and the individual therapy that they do for our students is unparalleled. It’s amazing,” he said.
Mary Ann Colf, another tireless volunteer, donated all of her $1,000 to the local hospital.
“The hospital has been very important to us for so many years. It saved my husband’s life at least twice – literally saved his life. The emergency room has been our favorite in the past, but with this new ICU, that’s where I wanted this (money) to go.”
The Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year are picked by a committee made up of past recipients. Winners are announced in May.