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City’s Community Center Wins Amistad Award

The City of Santa Clarita’s Community Center was named "Community Leader of the Year" and presented with the "Amistad" award for dedication in service of the Latino population in Santa Clarita on Friday, September 9 at the annual Excelencia Awards Gala
The Excelencia Awards Gala, hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's Hispanic Business Committee, featured live entertainment, dinner, awards and guest speaker Joe Kapp, the first Latino ever inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.  Mayor Cameron Smyth also read a proclamation declaring September 15 through October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Santa Clarita.
The Community Center was nominated alongside several other local businesses and organizations.   The Center was presented with a plaque and certificates from local, state, and federal leaders. 
The Santa Clarita Community Center opened 1994 and is currently located at 24406 San Fernando Road in Newhall.  The mission of the Community Center is to "serve, support, and respond to the Community by providing fun and educational programs in a fun and safe environment.” Approximately 95 percent of Center participants are Latinos. 
The Center offers numerous programs for youth and families, including: boxing, Ballet Folklórico, art classes, teen support groups, and homework help. 
“We are so proud that our Community Center and its staff were recognized for their dedication to serving the community,” said Hope Horner, Community Center Supervisor. 
In December 2005, the Community Center will be relocated to a brand new building currently being constructed at 22421 Market Street, also in Newhall. 
For more information about the Community Center or about the “Amistad” award, please call the Community Center at 661/284-1476.