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Posted: January 17, 2009 9:26 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Michele E. Buttelman Michele E. Buttelman
Michele E. Buttelman

January is already halfway in the history books, but before we leave the holidays of 2008 behind completely, I would like to share a message I received from Ivan Price, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley Foundation.

Ivan wanted me to know that Rachael Odle, 15, of Canyon Country, raised $3,099.51 for holiday trees and presents for needy families the club helps.

One person can make a difference - and Rachael exemplified the spirit of the holidays in the SCV.

At the same time she was helping the families of the Boys & Girls Club, Rachael also raised $1,000 and did all the shopping for 20 people in need through Lutheran Social Services.

Kudos to Rachael for being one of the reasons the SCV is such a special place.

Others who made a difference
Charlene Perrone, CSA-certified senior advisor owner, Home Instead Senior Care for the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, wrote to let me know about the generous spirit of giving that made the holidays brighter for area seniors: "I'm sorry for the lateness of this information, but I really had no idea in the midst of a recession and chaotic weather conditions ... how truly generous people would be this year to help seniors in need.

We had a remarkable number of donations from Jorge and Teresa Meza and the staff at Century 21 and HBW Insurance ... at a time when realtors and financial planners have themselves fallen on hard times.

We've had individuals like Kim Potter, who lives all the way down toward LAX, donate gifts to at least 40 of our seniors because she's from the SCV and wanted so much to give back to the community.

I can't tell you how gratifying the response has been, and I would love to say a public thank you to all the people who filled our office with amazing gifts.

Also making a difference
Shelley Hann is debuting the Shelley Hann Educational Scholarship this year, for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation Silver Rose debutantes planning on pursuing post-high school education either at a college, university or trade school. Yes, one person can make a difference.

Free beef sliders
Among my favorite "guilty pleasures" are the beef sliders at Salt Creek Grille.

Imagine my delight to have owner Greg Amsler tell me free beef sliders will be offered during Salt Creek's "All-American Presidential Inauguration Super Tuesday."

In the bar, servers will pass out free beef sliders twice during happy hour, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Chef Ignacio Munoz will also offer up a free chili and nacho buffet in the bar during happy hour.

In the dining room, the chef is offering an all-inclusive "All-American" Prime Rib dinner for $19.95.

The dinner, starring Salt Creek's "famous" prime rib, includes a choice of the grilled Caesar or house salad along with a made-from-scratch hot apple pie served a la mode. Salt Creek Grille is at 24415 Town Center Drive in Valencia. For more information, visit

Roasted Carl
Don't miss the first significant social event of the New Year. Carl Goldman, of KHTS, is this year's target when the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge hosts its annual roast to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.

The roast, to be held Saturday, will offer tributes to Carl from this year's roasters: Don Fleming, Steve Sturgeon, Jeff Hacker and Janice Murray.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal.


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