Volunteers.  They are the heart and soul of the non-profit organizations and the time they spend giving back to our community is admirable.  We are so thankful to all the non-profit organizations that have allowed us to be a part of their fundraising efforts.  It is truly a joy to be a part of helping make our community a great place to live.  Just last month we hosted the 5th Annual Dancing With Our Stars event, which took place at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

The evening was a success, raising $195,000 for our local charities, bringing our grand total to $875,000 in the last five years, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of many gracious people.  Thank you to the 16 Santa Clarita celebrities and their professional dancers as they spent countless hours rehearsing and fundraising to make the evening a success.  Thank you to D’Wilfri DanceArt & Entertainment for all your hard work and to the Hart High School Dance team for an amazing opening performance.  Read more about the award winning dance team in this issue.  A special thank you goes out to the evening’s sponsors, Mike Bjorkman of HomeSmart Real Estate, Whitening Lightning and The City of Santa Clarita as well as to our three guest judges, Chris Schauble, Marlee Lauffer and Cheri Fleming, who entertained the crowd of over 640 people.  See some of the many wonderful photos taken that evening in our Crème de la Crème feature.
We are so pleased to feature the talented actor Andrew Bowen on the cover of this issue.  You may recognize him as he has starred in numerous television shows and films.    Read more about his life as an actor and how he started off in showbiz.
Speaking of showbiz, go behind the scenes with Shanna Pinsker, Post Production Coordinator for the hit television series Shark Tank and learn more about the Valencia High School graduate and her job on the show.
Our business community continues to thrive and find success and we would like to take a moment to congratulate all the winners of the Third Annual SCV Leadership Awards.  Over the last few months, community members had an opportunity to nominate businesses and people for their entrepreneurial spirit.  Read a little more about some of the 2014 winners.
The last few months, our readers were also given the opportunity to vote for their favorites in beauty and fitness.  We are excited to announce this year’s winners for the Ultimate Beauty & Fitness Awards.  Congratulations to all the winners and to those who have continuously supported élite Magazine throughout the years.  Stay tuned as next month we will announce the winners of the Ultimate Home & Garden Awards.
Should you decide to escape for a weekend getaway, you will certainly fall in love with Lake Arrowhead.  Take a short drive and enjoy all the quaint town has to offer.
As we prepare for the holidays, take a moment to be thankful for all that we have, be sure to thank our military men and women for all the sacrifices they have made so we can enjoy our freedoms.  Don’t forget to honor our veterans on November 11, and read about four Santa Clarita veterans who we highlighted in our Looking Back on Veterans feature.
Lastly, have a safe Halloween and many blessings this Thanksgiving!
Linda and Moe Hafizi

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