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Event to support existing nonprofits

Cameron Smyth and Margo Hudson will be honorees

Posted: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Shelley Hann and Jo Ann Vindigni in a rare unrestored 1958 Volkswagen ambulance. Shelley Hann and Jo Ann Vindigni in a rare unrestored 1958 Volkswagen ambulance.
Shelley Hann and Jo Ann Vindigni in a rare unrestored 1958 Volkswagen ambulance.

This isn’t your grandfather’s fundraiser.

Shelley Hann, executive director of SCV Women and Men of Honor Gala Dinner, said she wanted to craft a fundraising event that honored those that are not “the usual suspects” but also give the Santa Clarita Valley unique and rare auction items never seen before at a SCV charity event.

“We have the most unusual and collectible items ever put on the block in the SCV,” said Hann. “I want people to enjoy our auction, to see things they’ve never seen.”

SCV Women and Men of Honor will salute honorees state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and SCV fashion icon Margo Miller Hudson during the black tie optional event held Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

“Our two honorees have given so much to the SCV,” said Hann. “We also want to recognize a new generation of leaders in the SCV.”

The fundraiser will benefit existing nonprofits in the SCV including the Child & Family Center, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center and the K-12 Performing Arts Program.

The event will also fund the Returning Warriors Scholarship program at College of the Canyons.

“There are so many worthy nonprofits in the SCV,” said Hann. “I didn’t want to create a new nonprofit for a new cause, I wanted to support the existing nonprofits and the good works they currently do.”

Hann said many of the nonprofits in the SCV are hurting and need help.

“We just saw the Santa Clarita City Council give $200,000 to the SCV Senior Center and the Boys & Girls Club of SCV,” she said. “We want to be part of the solution of how to support our existing nonprofits with new events and bring in new supporters.”

Hann said one way to attract new attendees to support fundrasiers is to give people a fun event to attend and an experience to remember.

“I promise that this will be a truly fabulous event,” she said.

The evening carries the theme “An Evening at the Coconut Grove.”

Dennis Poore will perform on a baby grand piano in the lobby during the cocktail hour.

Entertainment for the event will be Art Deco and his Society Orchestra with dancing afterwards.

Among the unique items up for auction is an unrestored 1958 Volkswagen bus medical ambulance.

The vehicle has its original patina, with original paint. The drive train has been completely rebuilt by the German Autohaus in Newhall.

The van has a Maltese Cross on the roof and working siren and lights.

According to a spokesman from Rare Bird Collectables the vehicle is very rare.

“There are only a handful of these in existence,” he said. “In auto collecting these days an unrestored vehicle like this one is very rare. Rarer than a restored vehicle.”

Other items in the live auction will include: captured World War II Japanese naval battle flag; a standard poodle puppy; cashmere cape, with fox trim and Swarovski crystals; Picasso lithograph, signed and numbered; beach house rental in Newport; 100 years of Mercedes Benz limited collection, art book, history book, and commemorative coin and Muhammad Ali personal photographs.

A few of the silent auction items include:  Redwoods art from the Biltmore hotel gift shop; Keystone stereoscope, vintage 3-D picture viewer; antique German scissors with brass sleeve and a mohair/virgin wool throw, made in Austria.

Tickets to the gala dinner are $150 each.

For information and reservations visit or call Shelley Hann, 818-599-0011.


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