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51 The Next Level

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sand Canyon Journal | November 14, 2017

At last month’s “Top 51” event hosted by The Signal at Sand Canyon Country Club, community members from 10 different categories of service were recognized. While some awards presentations feature individuals who are influential in their neighborhoods and towns, the Top 51 winners are chosen for their level of involvement in the community, say event leaders. The goal is to inspire others to greater volunteerism and build stronger bonds among residents and their causes.

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal vice president and editor Jason Schaff poses with Gillian Stone after she wins her award in the non-profits category during The Signal’s 2017 Top 51: The Next Level event at Sand Canyon Country Club in Canyon Country on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Ryan Painter/The Signal

Sand Canyon residents Chris and Sue Hoefflin were in attendance with a table filled with associates of their nonprofit organization, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. MHF president, Gillian Stone, was a winner in the “Nonprofits” category. Stone has been at the Foundation for six years, inspiring growth and dedication to the charity, which benefits families battling pediatric cancer.

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal vice president and editor Jason Schaff poses with Jasmine Foster after she wins her award in the education category during The Signal’s 2017 Top 51: The Next Level event at Sand Canyon Country Club in Canyon Country on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Ryan Painter/The Signal

Sand Canyon resident Jasmine Foster was a “Top 51” winner in the “Education” category. She is public relations liaison for College of the Canyons, notifying members of the community and bringing attention to programs, events and notable individuals. Her volunteerism includes furthering the causes of SCV Habitat for Heroes, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and the William S. Hart Union High School District.

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The top award went to Taylor Kellstrom, a 27-year-old realtor and owner of SCV Book Exchange. He founded “Bowling for Kids” in 2012 to raise money for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and he serves as board president for Circle of Hope. He is a motivational speaker for high school and college students and the entrepreneur is creating a free workshop for teens who want to start their own businesses.

Another award winner was Steve Kim, owner of Sand Canyon Country Club, formerly called Robinson Ranch Golf Club, where the event was held. On top of donating $150,000 to the SCV Senior Center’s capital campaign, he is transforming his Sand Canyon business venue, earning him “Top 51” recognition in the “Economic Development” category. The entrepreneur began his career in his home country of South Korea, but expresses gratitude toward the United States for the opportunities he has had in the last few years.

The event was held at Sand Canyon Country Club where, in addition to 27 holes of golf, there is a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse with new furnishings inside and on the patios. Guests crowded the resident-favorite terrace lounge and sampled from a variety of food while listening to live music by Dole-Humphries, a duo who won an award in the “Hospitality Philanthropy” category.

 

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A professional writer for decades and the editor of multiple products from Valley Publications, Martha is in a constant search for new challenges. While maintaining her editing post for more than eight years, she also opened an antiques business and authored her first book, “Canyon Country,” by Arcadia Publishing.

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