2010 SCV Man And Woman Of The Year Named
It’s official – Wayne Crawford and Mary Ann Colf are Santa Clarita’s new Man and Woman of the Year, named at a gala banquet tonight at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
Crawford was named for his contributions to the business and health community, support of the hospital, the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA and many other philanthropic groups.
Colf was recognized for her dedication to the community’s health, providing pro bono counseling services, more than a decade of service to Rotary, involvement in historic preservation and clinical work with victims of domestic violence.
Last year’s winners, Greg Amsler and Nancy Coulter, were awarded silver-colored license plate holders, various commendations from politicians, flowers and donations to their sponsoring organizations – and one more thing – the job of organizing this year’s event. They wrote about the responsibility and reward of volunteering in the community on the event’s website.
“Santa Clarita has long been known for the dedication and integrity of its volunteers. Giving of one's self is an esteemed and open hearted gift to our community and works in concert with all the other attributes that exist here in our valley to maintain our outstanding philanthropy. Our efforts to foster a conscientious, abundant resource in volunteerism have been most successful and genuine. And, to pay homage to this ideal, each year the Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year Committee selects a man and woman who exemplify those distinguished and inspirational virtues.”
The SCV Man and Woman of the Year started in 1964, when historian and community leader A.B. Perkins was honored. There wasn’t a Woman of the Year until 1971, when Olive Ruby earned the title. Those honored in the years since have definitely changed the course of our community’s growth and progress.
Throughout the years, the selection criteria has remained fairly consistent. Organizations or individuals submit the names of nominees who have shown long-time community commitment. Their service is judged in terms of the number of years of volunteerism, the impact on the community, and the number of organizations involved. The former recipients review all submittals and, following lengthy discussions and sometimes a debate or two, mark their ballots. The man and woman who receive the greatest number of votes become the honorees for the year.
To learn more about this year’s winners and the other nominees, click here.