A Message from the Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi – Feb/Mar 2018
I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start. We at élite Magazine have worked really hard to get this issue to you, there are so many great stories inside, here’s a brief run down.
Our cover story is a truly dedicated young lady, Niamani Knight, a 16-year-old who decided to start her own non-profit. We are honored to feature Niamani on our cover.
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Sally Colón-Petree and I watched her life changing documentary Women Like Us. Let me tell you this lady is amazing and I decided to get more involved with what she is doing. So, save the date for March 29, when élite Magazine will host a screening of her documentary at the Valencia Edwards Theater, see her story on page 10 for more information.
We are so excited to introduce you to some of the “Best of the Best” in the SCV, the winners of our Ultimate Business Awards and just as importantly our Ultimate Bridal Award winners. When you visit these businesses don’t forget to congratulate them on doing such a great job in our community and say you found them in élite Magazine.
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, we thought this was the perfect time to interview some of Santa Clarita’s Dynamic Couples. These are people that live, work and play in our valley. Meet Jenny and Tim Ketchepaw, they have mastered how to keep the love alive no matter what they do. And what about Lindsay and Brian Schlick, owners of SchlickArt? You will love to read how they met and how they work together. Fitness guru’s Rachel and Alwyn Cosgrove are another Dynamic Couple, their love for fitness really makes Results Fitness a wonderful place to workout. Pamela and Dennis Verner are another couple who’s love for each other and their community sets a high standard to follow. Randy and Gail Winter are a great example of a couple in two different professions but who came together with love. Read the fascinating story about Francine and Jamie Alba owners of Sisley Kitchen who are now celebrating 25 years in Valencia and enjoying every minute of it.
We are pleased to continue our interviews at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. In this heart month, cardiologists Dr. Rabbani and Dr. Garabedian, both have inspiring stories to tell. We are so lucky to have a great hospital in Santa Clarita and we are pleased to feature a success story from a very happy patient of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
Since we are talking about success stories Operation Gratitude has an amazing one. Arnold and I had the privilege of being present when they shipped out the 2 millionth package for military personnel and first responders.
Have you heard of the Empowering Hearts event hosted by Single Mother’s Outreach? This year they have six honorees and we were able to sit down and ask them some questions to get to know them a little better. We hope to see you at the gala on February 10.
Our closeups this issue, are very unique and interesting. David Levison, the music composer, Mehdi ‘Nami’ Salehi the surrealist artist and Brent Huff, actor, model director and all around nice guy with an epic story. We are always so humbled when we find such talented people living in our valley.
Our million-dollar home may look a little familiar to some of you. It was featured in this years’ Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour back in December, we loved it so much we had to show it off again.
Love is in the air. On page 73 our élite Weddings Magazine starts. This issue we followed four local weddings, honeymoon destinations and two collage pages to help you with your wedding day planning. We hope you enjoy it.
For all of the food lovers out there we have our People’s Choice Perfect Bite to help you find the right place to eat in Santa Clarita.
Eve Bushman also talks to us about what wineries do in February and March. And Tina Costello bakes up some amazing cookies.
Last but not least if you are looking to do in the SCV in February and March, visit our Social Calendar on page 42.
We at élite Magazine hope to see you out and about giving and sharing your love with everyone.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Until next time, Alexander Hafizi
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When you get to know Sally Colón-Petree, you get a sense that every morning she wakes up, the injustices and evil of the world say, “oh crap she’s up!” This marvelous woman has made such strides in raising awareness for those who are unable to or are too scared to...read more
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