Dennis King, local business leader and long-time education advocate, will be honored during the “Vision in Education Dinner ” on March 23 at the Hyatt Regency in Valencia.
The event is hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School  (SCVi), a tuition-free public charter school. Stephanie Edwards, well-known television personality and co-host of the KTLA Rose Parade, is the evening’s featured guest presenter. Event tickets are $85 per person.
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For more than 30 years, King has worked to improve education throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. He is a former member of the William S. Hart District Board of Trustees, former member of the College of the Canyons Foundation Board, and was a proponent of granting SCVi’s educational charter. Professionally, he is a managing partner in the King King Alleman and Jensen accounting firm.
“Dennis’ devotion to education is unsurpassed,” said Amber Raskin, SCVi’s founder and executive director of business development. “He approaches education with an open mind and keen sense that is immensely beneficial to the entire community – students, families and businesses alike.”
During the event, SCVi will present its Founder’s Vision Award to third-grade teacher Ana Donovan for her support of the growth and development of SCVi’s educational vision. As a member of the SCVi faculty since the school was founded, Donovan was instrumental in developing the school’s language and culture program and continues to be involved with the English Language Learner program.
“Ana’s love of teaching is evident in every interaction she has,” said SCVi Principal Mary Rockwell. “Through her efforts, the learners in her class truly develop a love of learning and begin building the foundation to be future leaders.”
The Vision in Education Benefit Dinner will feature both live and silent auctions. Some of the auction items include a Las Vegas getaway, a two-night stay at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch in Carmel, a hot air balloon ride for two, theme park tickets and much more.
Proceeds from the event will allow SCVi to upgrade and enhance technology throughout the school. “Effective use of technology is a critical component for anyone learning in the 21st century,” said Dawn Evenson, executive director of education. “In order to learn and master these skills, students must have appropriate and up-to-date tools, which is why SCVi is focusing its fundraising efforts on providing portable electronics and enhanced Internet access for its classrooms.”
Launched in fall 2008, SCVi currently serves more than 700 students in kindergarten through tenth grade from its Castaic campus. Eleventh and twelfth grades will be added in the fall of 2012 and 2013, respectively. The school offers project-based, technology-driven  curriculum that aims at helping students develop a love of learning.