Empowering HeArts Gala is Single Mothers Outreach’s signature fundraising event that began in 2009 in a conversation between the executive director and a photographer. Together they imagined an event that would provide a place and space for stories of empowered women to be shared in a highly visible way through word and art.
The funds raised support programs for single-parent families so they can continue benefiting from resources and services such as food, clothing, therapy, money management classes, emergency housing, and more.
This year SMO has reimagined Empowering HeArts by focusing on the stories of SMO families. Recently, mental health has been at the forefront of concern due to the significant impact of Covid-19. The mental and behavioral health consequences have been particularly significant for single-parent families.
Empowering HeArts 2023 will be honoring the efforts of single mothers “Building Hope” for their children. We want to recognize the work of the children in improving their mental health and acknowledge the mothers for their devotion and commitment to participating in the programs. By participating in our Dance Therapy Program, children have been able to improve their mental health and have discovered the power of hope.
The Gala presents the creative works of Santa Clarita Valley artists who create unique art forms inspired by these real-life stories. The art is juried, and a grand prize is awarded for the most compelling visual story.
It is the hope of SMO that by sharing these powerful stories through word and art, these extraordinary women will impact and inspire others to rise above their own challenging circumstances.
Empowering HeArts culminates in a gala and art exhibit showcasing artwork created for the event. The gala introduces the art collection to the public and two prizes are awarded:
Dottie Award: Named for Dorothy Smith. The recipient is chosen by the jury for creating the most compelling visual story.
People’s Choice Award: The recipient is chosen by Gala attendees.
SMO has announced the 2023 Empowering HeArts Art Gala honorees whose lives personify this year’s theme, Building Hope.
Six women were chosen as honorees for their efforts to build and restore hope in the lives of their children over challenging circumstances. Six local artists depicting the stories of these women have also been selected.
The honorees and artists are to be featured at the Empowering HeArts Butterfly Ball gala to be held Friday, Feb. 10 at the Sand Canyon Country Club, 22734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country, 91387. Tickets are $150 each. Sponsorship packages are available.
This year’s honorees are: Maby Covarrubias, Sarah Hale, Lilliana Valle, Luz Garcia, Zugeily Martinez and Imelda Lozano.
This year’s artists are: Jane Mick, Naomi Young, Qiana Tarlow, Scott Parker, Laurie Morgan and Kathy Gonzales.
Friends of the Children – Los Angeles presented Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger with the "Power of One" award at their inaugural Women's Leadership Breakfast held Friday, Jan. 27 at The California Club. Barger was selected to receive the award for her work and dedication to supporting and safeguarding children in Los Angeles County, especially those within the foster care system.
Everything old is new again and that’s what’s happening at Hart Park in Newhall. Heritage Junction, where eight historic buildings and a steam engine and caboose are on display to the public, has officially been renamed “Santa Clarita History Center” and a new logo designed and adopted.
TreePeople in partnership with the Old Town Newhall Farmers Market and the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians will be giving away full size fruit trees including lemon, lime, orange, guava, pomegranate and peach on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Ready to lose your thirsty turf lawn? The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency will show you where to start! Learn how to remove your lawn and transform it into a beautiful, sustainable landscape. Join our free virtual landscape and gardening workshop, Strategies for Replacing your Lawn, on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m.
Two California Institute of the Arts alums, Antoine Hunter aka Purple Fire Crow (Dance 2002) and Kite (Music BFA 2014), were among the 45 United States Artists Fellows announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24 who will receive $50,000 unrestricted cash awards.
Anyone who has lived in another city will tell you that the events we put on in Santa Clarita are second to none. As we look ahead to the warm weather and sunshine afforded by the arrival of spring, now is a wonderful time to add some of the marquee city of Santa Clarita events to your 2023 calendar.
NEW ORLEANS – The California State University, Northridge Men's and Women's Cross Country programs earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Teams for the 2022 NCAA Division I Cross Country season as announced by the USTFCCCA Thursday.
In Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation's latest episode, you’ll learn about DrinkPAK, a premier contract manufacturer of premium alcoholic and non-alcohol beverages based in Santa Clarita.
The College of the Canyons Sports Medicine Program and Valencia High School Medical Science Academy will host the 2023 Sports Medicine Professions Fair on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. - noon, at the college's Valencia campus.
On Jan. 19, the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation approved long-time board member John Shaffery, managing partner of Poole Shaffery, to step into the role of Board co-chair as successor to Roger Seaver.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reminds Santa Clarita Valley residents that the past rain event may have created great riding trails, but riding off highway vehicles unauthorized on private property is considered trespassing.
SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced a new partnership at a press event today between the California Department of Education and California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, to promote new pathways for California Volunteers service corps members — a group that includes 10,000 per year across all corps, including the California Climate Action Corps, AmeriCorps, #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs and #CaliforniansForAll College Corps — to become teachers in California classrooms.