A Note from the Publishers – January 2016
It’s been an exciting year, and we can’t wait to see what 2016 will bring us! We hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season, and that this New Year brings only good health and happiness.
This month, we feature Drug Free Youth In Town, better known as DFYIT, a student-led anti-drug campaign that’s been making a real difference on campuses throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Only three years in the making, this club started out small and has quickly grown in membership and reach. Today, 99 percent of its members are drug free! With such fast momentum, DFYIT is sure to make a lasting difference in many young lives. We, along with the community, appreciate the partnership of local and regional agencies that are supporting the DFYIT program, and the good work they’re doing for our young people.
Also in this issue, the Non-Profit Wish List compiles our local organizations’ most needed items, as each charity looks ahead to 2016. Year after year, our non-profits continue their good work, bettering the lives of our residents and lifting the spirits of families throughout our valley. But they need our help and support. And this year, 32 non-profits participated! So as we make our resolutions, let’s not forget the importance of giving back to a community that gives so much to us. After all, a willingness to give back is what defines the spirit of this community. Take a look at page 6 to see how you can help.
New to this issue is our Meet the Board feature. Each month, we will highlight the Board of Directors for a local non-profit organization and introduce the people who work behind the scenes. Check out page 12 to see who we feature this month!
We also have our Physical Fitness Guide in this month’s issue. As you look around for the perfect professional to help you reach your 2016 fitness and health goals, we hope you start here with Santa Clarita’s most dedicated professionals.
Looking ahead, the next couple of months promise a few exciting events and wonderful ways to show support in the New Year. In January, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce holds its 92nd Annual Recognition and Installation Dinner. There have been a number of excellent local businesses nominated for the Chamber’s Business of the Year Awards, and the winners will be announced during the event on January 22. We congratulate the nominees on their success!
February offers two fantastic events – one longtime favorite of the Santa Clarita Valley, and another that has brought new color to the lineup of local fundraisers. Hosted by the SCV Senior Center, the Celebrity Waiter Dinner always promises a lively evening of costumes, elaborate décor, laughter and dancing. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for this year’s theme: A Night of Fun & Games. At the start of a New Year, everyone wants to renew their focus on health and fitness, and the Santa Colorita 5K Fun Run, hosted by the SCV Chamber of Commerce, is a great way to prioritize your resolutions and give yourself a tangible goal to work toward. Plus, it’s just fun! If you haven’t yet, join local residents as they cross the most colorful finish line in Santa Clarita!
This past month, Moe and I received the honor of being named KHTS’ Unsung Heroes for a “decades-long dedication to the community and its local non-profits.” We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Carl and Jeri Goldman for their very kind recognition, as well as for inviting us to share the microphone on air this past December.
We’re also excited to announce that élite Magazine’s Ultimate Business Professionals contest is off to a wonderful start. With such an excellent business community, we’re sure this race will be a tough one! Voting is open until January 19, so cast your votes now!
Lastly, we were shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of Santa Clarita’s finest volunteers and leaders. We will miss Duane Harte dearly, and our love goes out to his wife Pauline, as well as all those who called Duane a friend.
Have a wonderful New Year, Santa Clarita!
Linda, Moe and Alexander Hafizi
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