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1891 - Per local legend, President Benjamin Harrison stops at Saugus Depot, dines at Tolfree's Saugus Eating House [story]
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If you were a district manager for a large retailer, a free-lance performer living from job to job or a homeschooling mother of three, how would you take the news that you had breast cancer? It’s a disease that affects people from all walks of life; it is unpredictable, and it often forces formerly independent women out of work. What do you do when the mortgage and monthly utilities become just as much of a worry as surgery and chemotherapy?

This is why Santa Clarita local Colleen Shaffer founded Circle of Hope. While other breast cancer organizations focus on finding a cure, Circle of Hope wants to help clients where they are today, addressing their immediate financial needs.

According to the organization’s website, “The focus should be on recovery, not debt. Circle of Hope was formed to fulfill this void of serving the people who needed the services the most.”

Founded in 2004, Circle of Hope has been under the leadership of Executive Director Ray Tippet since 2010.

After working in the national non-profit arena for many years, Tippet was looking for a change closer to home. His wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer a year earlier, so the opportunity to direct Circle of Hope seemed like a perfect fit. He said that being able to help people in need makes all the long hours worth it.

This year, Tippet invites the Santa Clarita Valley to join Circle of Hope for its Vine 2 Wine Classic fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. A combination of the SCV Wine Classic and the Vine 2 Wine event, the fundraiser is a rebirth of a decades-long tradition in the SCV and an opportunity to enjoy gourmet good, live entertainment and premium raffle prizes, in addition to the wines.

Tickets can be preordered for $65 or purchased for $75 at the door. A ticket entitles you to unlimited tasting of fine wines and beer, library wines donated by local collectors and food provided by the Hidden Havana Cuban Café and Salt Creek Grille. Silent auction items include bottles of wine, wine-related accessories, works of art and entertainment packages. The event also offers a special opportunity for the first 40 guests to make a $100 donation to Circle of Hope. One bottle of 1863 Bual Madeira has been donated and will be available for tasting. It is your opportunity to experience a wine as old as the Gettysburg Address.

jimmy_carnelliTippet has invited his close friend Jimmy Carnelli to provide entertainment for the evening. Carnelli grew up in a musical family and came to California in 1979 to pursue a career in entertainment. He started out as the drummer in a trio, and after the group broke up, performed freelance as a singing drummer. In 1996, he joined pianist Roger Williams and his band as a drummer and played with them for fifteen years until Williams’ death in 2011. In fact, the Vine 2 Wine Classic is the first time that the Roger Williams band will be performing together since Williams’ memorial at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.

Carnelli is a respected performer nationally and locally, having performed for the Elks Lodge, Zonta Club and other nonprofit events in Santa Clarita.

“Anytime I can be involved in something that helps other people, I’m there,” he said.

vine2wine2The Vine 2 Wine Classic promises to be an unforgettable evening and an opportunity to help people like Georgianne, whose husband lost his job during her battle with breast cancer, or Dorothy, who has been diagnosed three times.

Circle of Hope knows the importance of support for women like them. “We are here because we too have been affected by breast cancer,” their website said. “We have been through the process with our mothers, wives, sisters, friends, and ourselves. Circle of Hope understands that hope cannot exist if patients are struggling to pay medical bills. We are here to help you today for a brighter future tomorrow.”

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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019
The Santa Clarita Valley chapter of Junior Chamber International, aka “The Jaycees,” is staging a donations drive throughout April to aid nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley homeless services provider Bridge to Home.
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019
The nonprofit Raising the Curtain Foundation, which supports the Newhall Family Theatre, will host a family fun night of animation film screenings from the students of CalArts at the NFT on Friday, May 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019
May’s National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to focus attention on the year-round needs of American children and youth in foster care.
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019
The ARTree has released the schedule for its Spring & Summer classes.
Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
The Gentle Barn is honoring 2019's Year of the Pig with some of the world's most amazing pigs at a public event Sunday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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