Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? The summer months seemed to have flown right by, and now we are amidst one of the prettiest seasons of the year…fall.  The leaves have started to change color and we welcome the cool autumn weather with open arms.


Pub Notes
He’s got the whole world in his hands…well, the World Cup, that is.  Meet Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, our cover story in this issue.  Read about the world champion and how he made a return to the water almost a decade after his success at the 2000 Olympics. We wish him the best of luck at the next leg of the World Cup this month and hope to see him at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
From Newhall resident Jeannie Rutherford and her drive to be the best athlete, to Linda Bennett, and her insight to start a fitness program at the SCV Senior Center, to James O’Rourke and Jim Johnson, fitness trainers who have teamed up to help you live a healthier lifestyle, as you flip through this month’s élite Magazine, you will find that we have focused on fitness throughout the issue.
The spirit of volunteering is prevalent throughout our Valley, and we are constantly amazed at the generosity of the people who live here.  With the holiday season approaching, we wanted to feature some of the many wonderful organizations who have graciously donated their time and their efforts to making our community one of the most desired places to live and raise a family.  Take a moment to read about our good friend Marlee Lauffer, and how she is being honored for her commitment to Santa Clarita, as well as the celebration of the Domestic Violence Center of SCV’s 30th year assisting residents in our valley.
Our business community continues to flourish and we would like to congratulate all the winners of the Second Annual SCV Leadership Awards.  Over the last few months, community members had an opportunity to nominate businesses and people for their entrepreneurial spirit.  We joined forces with the SCV Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industry Association and SCV Economic Development Corporation to honor and award those businesses and organizations.
Over the last few months, our readers were given the opportunity to vote on their favorites in dining, beauty, fitness, and more recently, your favorites in home & garden.  We are pleased to feature the results for the Ultimate Beauty & Fitness Awards in this issue.  Congratulations to all the winners and to those who have supported élite Magazine throughout the years.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners of the Ultimate Home & Garden in the December/January issue.
With the new season here, make sure you have the right accessories to compliment your wardrobe.  See what’s in store for you in our fashion feature.
Not only does fall bring cooler weather, it also brings many special events these next few months.  There’s much to do in the Santa Clarita Valley this October and November, so be sure and check out our Calendar of Events.
Lastly, have a safe and fun Halloween and don’t forget to share your gratitude with those you love this Thanksgiving holiday.
Linda and Moe Hafizi


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