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Michele Buttelman: A tribute for Zonta members

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Posted: July 18, 2009 8:07 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
It’s seriously summer! Looks like nothing but blue skies and hot weather ahead as far as the eye can see.

Kudos to Alan Barbakow
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley has selected local orthodontist Alan Barbakow as honoree for its 2009 Celebrity Tribute dinner. The event is slated for Nov. 6 at the Odyssey Restaurant in Mission Hills.

Co-chairwomen for this year’s event are Cathie Kincheloe, Peggy Edwards and Michele Mann. Sponsorships range from $2,000 to $10,000 and include reserved tables at the dinner. Discounts are available for sponsors who commit to a sponsorship and pay before Aug. 1.

Barbakow currently serves as president of the Betty Ferguson Foundation, is past president of the Child & Family Development Center board, is a founding member of the Santa Clarita Arts Council and Foundation for Dental Health, and active in the capital campaign for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

The 2009 Celebrity Tribute dinner fundraiser supports Zonta’s local and international programs to improve the status of women. Local projects include Healthy Woman’s Day, which offers free breast cancer; LifeForward workshops to help at-risk women build self-sufficiency skills; and the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund, which offers grants to mature women re-entering the workforce following a life trauma.

SCV businesses interested in a sponsorship or to reserved tables can contact the Zonta message line: (661) 252-9351.

Beau Donohoe is 2009 Canyon grad
Another newly minted 2009 high school graduate is Beau Donohoe, who graduated June 2 with the Canyon High School Class of 2009. What makes Donohoe’s graduation so unique is that both of his parents, Dale and Tamara (Hodges) Donohoe, were graduates of the Canyon High School Class of 1980 and still reside in Canyon Country. Now that’s a special pedigree!
Final parade salute

I mentioned before how this year’s Fourth of July parade was somehow very special. The support of Six Flags Magic Mountain was a huge addition to the parade festivities.

Those responsible for all the exceptional parade moments need to be mentioned by name. So if you enjoyed the parade please thank these hardworking volunteers on the parade committee.

It takes a passel of people to put on an exceptional parade including: Chairman Leon Worden and the rest — Duane Harte, Carol Rock, Alan Wykoff, Phil Lantis, Maureen Daniels, John Boston, Robert Dixon, John Enriquez, Bruce Fortine, Pauline Harte, Debbie Hillman, Eric Killough, J.W. Killough, Dennis M. Koontz, Lila Littlejohn, Jeff Lui, Michael Mazzetti, James McCarthy, Jeremiah McDaniel, Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Rusty Parr, Ron Rollins, Philip Scorza, Susan Shapiro, Beth Shaw, Jennifer Shaw, Jim Shaw, Lillian Shaw, Joyce Stein, Bobby Stone, Jim Stone, Linda Storli, Artie Thompson, Teresa Todd, Fred Trueblood III, Kurt Wagner, Bryan Warloe, Karen Warloe, Stephanie Weiss, Laurene Weste-McCarthy, Charles Willett, Chuck Willett, Rick Willett, Connie Worden-Roberts, Lisa Wykoff and Matthew Wykoff.

Put this on your calendar
Here’s an event for your calendar ... the Santa Clarita Valley Corvette Club is holding its 2009 All Corvette Car Show 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Route 66 Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Proceeds benefit the club-supported charity, The Painted Turtle,

All Corvettes are invited to attend, but space is limited to the first 130 cars. Trophies awarded first to third place for each Corvette generation, People’s choice award, live music and raffle prizes. Pre-registration is $20 per car prior to Sept. 19 and $25 day of show. For registration form visit

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor The Signal. She can be reached at


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