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Single Mothers Outreach fundraiser scheduled Saturday

Posted: October 31, 2013 5:56 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2013 5:56 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Ten Santa Clarita Valley women will be honored Saturday evening at the fourth annual Empowering HeARTS Gala fundraiser, scheduled at the Dianne Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons.

“Each of the honorees has been paired with an artist and their inspirational story told through art,” said DaAnne Smith, executive director of Single Mothers Outreach.

Honorees include: Anna Frutos-Sanchez, public affairs region manager for Southern California Edison; Gloria Mercado-Fortine, a trustee for the William S. Hart School Board and CEO of Global Education Solutions; Heather Stewart, academy program coordinator Asian markets at Princess Cruises; Jenny Ketchepaw, vice president and corporate trainer of Community Bank; Leslie Carr, director of professional development at College of the Canyons; Margo Hudson founder of The Closet on Main; Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Marsha McLean; journalist Michele Emerick Buttelman; Rachel Rodriguez, Psychology graduate from California State University, Northridge and Stacie Locke, executive assistant to the CEO of Help Worldwide Inc.

Artists include: Ted Dayton, Ginger MacDonald, Dawn Hovhannisyan, Scott Groller, Lindsey Schlick, Brooke Ritter, Josh Premako, Jen Parker, Kathy Boyer and Paige Jeffers Burghardt.

Single Mothers Outreach is a grassroots organization originally founded in 1995 by a divorcee who sought peer support from other single mothers.

Tickets for Empowering HeARTS Gala at 5 p.m. Saturday are $65 in advance or $75 at the door. For more information visit




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