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Excelencia Awards Gala Spotlights Hispanic Students and Business

Outstanding Hispanic High School Seniors and several businesses that support the local Hispanic community will be recognized at the Third Annual Excelencia Awards GALA, sponsored by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, on Sept. 8 at the Hyatt Valencia.
The public is invited to attend the Gala, which is the Hispanic Business Committee’s biggest fundraising event, held annually to honor Hispanic businesses and local leaders who have shown support to the Hispanic community in the Santa Clarita Valley. The GALA is also the primary source of scholarship funds. “Education – Lighting the Way to the Future” is this year’s theme. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    

 “I am so excited about this year’s GALA. The committee has worked hard to make this a very rewarding evening to the award nominees,” says 2006 Hispanic Business Committee Chair Dora Zavala.

      

Awards will be given to businesses in the following categories:

     Avance Award - Hispanic Business (nominees, Jazmins Bakery, Cruz’s Bridal, North Star Dimensions and Mojitos); Amistad Award - Community Leader/ Individual and Business (nominees, Celia Gallarado, Yolanda Calderon, Erica Watson, Cynthia Lierenas, Joe Trejo; and Goldfeather Realty, SCV Community Center, Dental health foundation, City of Santa Clarita and the SCV Sheriff’s Station); Adelante Award - Corporate Partner (nominees, Mission Valley Bank, Washington Mutual, Wal Mart and Chiquita Canyon);  Diversidad Award - Diversity Award (nominees, Girl Scouts Joshua Tree Council, Betty Ferguson and Forestors).



The following recipients of the Hispanic Business Committee Scholarship Awards will also be honored: Daniel Felix, Bowman High; Areli Pena, Canyon High; Andrea Chavez, Hart High; Brett Santana, Saugus High; and Nicole Lanz, Valencia High. The students, who each received $750 certificates during high school award ceremonies, were selected based on their academic records, career goals, community service and letters of recommendation.



The Hispanic Business Committee was formed to provide a forum for interested participants to aggressively represent and promote Hispanic Business in the Santa Clarita Valley through leadership, advocacy and membership services.



“I am so proud of the Hispanic Business committee as we continue to grow and evolve through the mentoring program, monthly networking opportunities and outreach programs,” says Zavala.