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Celebrity Waiter, best party in town

Posted: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

It’s a beautiful weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley! Spring is the best season. I can’t wait for the yuccas to begin blooming and for the hills to turn that pretty green. I’m seeing a few wildflowers popping up along the side of the roads, too!

Kudos to Peggy and Greg

Congratulations to the entire Celebrity Waiter Dinner Committee (Barbara Cochran, Betty Oldfield, Bill Lively, Bob and Lyn Wagstrom, Chris Ball, Connie Ragen Green, Deborah Gardiner, Erica Betz Cloyd, Grace and Jack Elliott, Geneva Knoles, Hilde Brooks, Jackque McKnelly, Jami Kennedy, Judy Penman, Katie Stenback, Linda Alexander-Lieblang, Marsha McLean, Mary Jane Hartman, Maureen Daniels, Michel Delcros, Pat Allen, Pat Willett, Rachelle Dardeau, Rick Patterson, Rosalind Wayman, Sue Endress, Tracy Hauser and Yolie Haramia) and to chairs Peggy Rasmussen and Greg Nutter. I’ve not spoken to anyone in attendance who didn’t have the time of their life. I think it was one of the best parties held in the SCV in the past year.

Fun fundraising

I think the fun had a good impact on the fundraising to benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. The event netted just a little over $68,000 I am told. There’s nothing better than having a great party and raising significant money to help a great cause!

Hard working waiters

Obviously the hard-working waiters at the event were key to the success of the Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Kudos to celebrity waiters Michel Delcros, Yolie Haramia, Barbara Blankenship, Alan Ferdman, Duane and Pauline Harte, Bella Shaw, Tracy Hauser, Tracy Grant, Bryan Datillo, Gloria and Bruce Fortine, Jimmy Carnelli, Tom Cole, Michael Ovington, Mike Schwinn, Deborah Gardiner, Frank McMahan, Tricia Miller, Marsha McLean, Linda Davies and Patrice and Ken Rifkind.

Seen at Celebrity Waiter

There were so many clever and fun costumes at this year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner. A few of the folks spotted at the event were Don and Cheri Fleming, Bill and Kathy Lively, Dennis Poore, TimBen Boydston, Peggy and Larry Rasmussen, Bob and Kathy Kellar, U.S. Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon and wife Patricia (they sure can dance, can’t they?) and Sue Reynolds.

Roasted Pulskamp

Will Ken Pulskamp ever live down the video he made where he appeared as Tonto to Bob Kellar’s Lone Ranger? (It was Bob Kellar, wasn’t it? I’m sure if my memory has failed me someone will correct me!) It seems as if that video will follow Pulskamp around forever. I hope someone has a copy and shows it at the Elks Roast to “honor” Pulskamp on March 23.

I was hoping that the video might be available on You Tube. No luck, however! Roasters for the event will be Don Fleming, Ken Striplin, Steve Arklin and John Heys. I am confident that they will provide plenty of mischief for Pulskamp, with or without that famous video! Cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Attire is Western wear or business, cocktail.

The event is a fundraiser for the Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers. Tickets are available by calling Donna Schmidt 661-252-8424

Speaking of mischief

Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita to host “Mischief and Malarkey” fashion show and boutique 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Event to be hosted by Ed Masterson, with professional models and surprises also in the works. Luncheon begins at noon. For all other event info, including ticket pricing, call Sandi Naba at 661-645-1893 or send an email to

Head to Newhall

More excitement is heading to downtown Newhall. The inaugural Art Slam will be held this Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. between Lyons and 9th Street. Art Slam is expected to be a monthly art happening, which will feature a variety of art, entertainment and activities centered around a theme. For the evening, the block/area will be transformed into an open air gallery.

For this first event artists from the region will display their light inspired art. Partners include Visual Terrain, The Museum of Neon Art (MONA), CalArts, ARTree, Odius, and others.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by email at Follow SCV Scene on Facebook and on Twitter @SCVScene.


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