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Michele Buttelman: Happy Father's Day, dads

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Posted: June 20, 2009 8:26 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2009 4:30 a.m.
I hope all the fine fathers in the Santa Clarita Valley have a great day and enjoy all the love and attention they deserve!

Heroes and High Hopes
It seems that the high hopes paid off at the 38th annual Boys & Girls Club benefit auction held June 13 at the Mann BioMedical Park. The event was one of the best auctions I’ve seen produced by the Boys & Girls Club. It was fun, entertaining and uplifting. The food (by Someone’s in the Kitchen) was spectacular. A tip of the hat to everyone who bid in the auctions. You’re fantastic people!

Seen at the Boys & Girls Club Auction
Among the many volunteers working the desk: Barbara Sterns Cochran, Nancy Albrecht, Pat Willett, Christine Sexton. Greeting guests: Marsha McLean, Gloria Mercado and Bruce Fortine. In the crowd: Jim Ventress, Mike and Dena Maloney, Judy Penman, Jacquie and Harold Petersen, Anna Ott, Bill and Cathy Kennedy, John and Michelle Dow, Michele Mann, Richard and Marian Sandnes, Dianne and Wayne Crawford, Jeanna and Kyle Crawford, Reena and Tony Newhall, John and Karen Mahaffey, Pauline and Duane Harte, Paul De La Cerda and Seher Awan, Catherine and Steve Stebbins, Laura and Brian Kirchhoff, Maureen Daniels, Morris Thomas and JoAnn Lindsey, Frank and Charlotte Kleeman, Hunt and Pamela Braly, RJ and Patty Kelly, Rose and Steve Chegwin, Janice and John Hoskinson, Pat Warford, Jeff Soloman, Kris Hough, Marianne Colf, Lois Bauccio, Alan and Rise Barbakow, Rick Chambers, Chris and Jayne Fall, Myrna and Gary Condie, Elana Edelstein and her mother Marilyn, Laurie Morgan, TimBen and Ingrid Boydston, Michael and Catherine Niles, Elizabeth Hopp, BJ and Jeannie Adkins, Bob and Margo Hudson, auction co-chairs Greg and Chell Amsler, Jay and Ashley Thomas, Barbara Myler and Todd Napora, Scott and Vanessa Wilk, Cindy Kittle, Karen and Brian Whiteley, Laurene Weste and James McCarthy, Arthur Sohikian, Anne Marie and Mike Bjorkman, Jeff Kreitzman, Andy and Laura Gallardo, Jamie Castellanos, Don and Cheri Fleming, Jeff Bezel and Carl Goldman.

More Boys & Girls Club Auction
It was so delightful to see the kids of the Boys & Girls Club strutting “their stuff” on stage. The SCV his home to many, many talented kids. Kudos to Catie Acree on her win at the Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Club talent show. Congrats to the lucky winner of the “take any live auction prize” raffle, Robert Fortner, who will be taking the Bahamas trip. Good choice. That would have been my choice, too!

Small world story
I ran into Kris and Tom Hough Friday night celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary at the Oaks Grille at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia. In one of those odd “small world” stories, it was also my 33rd wedding anniversary (Happy Anniversary Keith!). Kris and I compared notes and we are pretty sure our weddings were held at the same time on June 19, 1976, too! Also spotted at the Oaks Grille — which is now offering music every Friday night (except for June 26, which will be a comedy night) — were Harold and Jacquie Petersen, Greg and Tracy McWilliams, Maureen Daniels, Kim Altobello and a very crowded dinning room! I guess everyone is finding out what I’ve know for so long ... Oaks Grille executive chef Daniel Otto is the SCV’s own “Top Chef!”

2009 Saugus High graduate
Kudos to Jessica Yaffe, daughter of Sari and David Yaffe, for making it through to graduation as a member of the class of 2009 at Saugus High School.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. Her column represents her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at


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