The College of the Canyons Foundation has selected Gary and Myrna Condie as the recipients of the coveted "Silver Spur" Community Service Award for 2010.
The award ceremony will be held at the Autry National Center on Saturday, March 6, 2010.
"It's an honor to be chosen by the college as Silver Spur honorees," said Gary Condie, founder and president/CEO of Condie & Wood, CPAs. "When you look over the list of prior honorees, you see how important these people have been to the college and to the community."
Known for their passion, enthusiasm, dedication and generosity to many local non-profit organizations and causes, the couple's distinguished record of community service spans over their 42 years of marriage.
Gary is an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita, the Boy Scouts of America, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation, the College of the Canyons Foundation, and the SCV Facilities Foundation. He most recently received the 2009 California Society of CPA's 100th Anniversary Public Service Award.
"It's humbling to be asked by the college to be a part of the 2010 Silver Spur celebration," said Myrna Condie. "Next year will mark the 40th anniversary for the college and the 20th anniversary for Silver Spur. It will be fun to return to the Gene Autry Museum where it all began."
Recently named the 2009 California Mother of the Year by the California Association of American Mothers, Myrna is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita, the Boy Scouts of America and is a College of the Canyons Foundation board member.
Since 1999, the couple's generous and wide-ranging support for College of the Canyons has revolved around several key projects at the college, including the Performing Arts Center Endowment, the Early Childhood Education Center, the Foundation's Silver Spur event and the Boys and Girls Club At Risk Scholarship. For the past three years, Gary and Myrna have served as co-chairs of the Silver Spur committee.
"The Condies' record of service is uniquely impressive, given that they invest so much of themselves in what they undertake for the benefit of the community," said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. "We are so grateful for the many ways they have supported College of the Canyons and created exciting opportunities for us to better serve our students. It is an honor to recognize them as our Silver Spur honorees for 2010 and thank them for their many years of service, support and friendship."
The Silver Spur Celebration was originally the brainchild of LaVerne Rosa Harris, a member of the COC Foundation Board of Directors who became the 1996 Silver Spur honoree. The very first gala was held at the Gene Autry Museum in 1989, with Cliffie Stone as the recipient. The Foundation Board of Directors at the time wanted to create a signature event for the COC Foundation and also to reflect the western heritage of the Santa Clarita Valley.
"Gary and Myrna Condie, our honorees for the 2010 Silver Spur, are models and examples of how community leaders can enhance the quality for all people in the Santa Clarita Valley," said Murray Wood, the Foundation's chief development officer. "Their efforts in the community are legion and they have truly made a difference."
The event remains today one of the most popular elegant evenings for the community. It is traditionally held at historic museums, clubs and Los Angeles landmarks.
Other previous recipients of the award include Aggie Agajanian, Scott and Ruth Newhall, Tom Dierkman, John Hoskinson, Robert Ormsby, Dick Luechtefeld, Roberta Veloz, Michael Berger, Lou Garasi, Tom Lee, Jay and Joyce Rodgers, Gary Cusumano, Charlotte and Frank Kleeman, Tom Veloz, Rita Garasi, Wayne Crawford, and Harold and Jacquie Peterson.
For more information about the COC Foundation, visit www.canyons.edu .