A Finest Time Was Had By All

As we rounded the corner from summer to fall (though the temperatures didn’t lend themselves to a very autumn-y feel), Crescenta Valley Weekly hosted one of the finest parties in town. It was an exclusive event, by invitation only, for those voted the cream of the crop, that is The Finest, by CV Weekly readers. It was held on Thursday night at Deukmejian Park, voted the Finest Sunset View by our readers, and attended by over 100 people. In addition to this year’s winners, guests included dignitaries from the chambers of commerce, town council, the County of Los Angeles, the 43rd District and even Washington, D.C. What a lovely surprise to have certificates on hand from Assemblymember Mike Gatto to distribute to our winners (winners who didn’t pick up their certificate can stop by our office).
Though it was hot when things kicked off at 5 o’clock, temperatures soon dropped to a more hospitable level. It wasn’t long before guests were mingling, enjoying food provided by the finest caterer, Franks Famous (there was no question as to why they received the honor) or nibbling on cupcakes by Goodie Girls, also chosen as the finest. Our guests listened to the live music provided by members of the Crescenta Valley High School jazz band. An assortment of cold beverages was also on hand.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Franks Famous, Goodie Girls, the CVHS jazz band, photographer Jessica Shumate (you can see some of her handiwork on page 15), Fred and Drea Nino and my incredible staff and contributors for making this party unforgettable. I am honored to be able to host it and look forward to next year.
Next week is the annual recognition banquet hosted by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce. The event recognizes those in our community who work to make the Crescenta Valley such an awesome place. Honorees include volunteer of the year, business of the year, man of the year and woman of the year. It is with a humble heart that I share that the chamber chose me as its woman of the year.
My initial reaction was to ask if the pickins were slim this year. After all, past recipients include Cheryl Davis, Mercy Velazquez, Mary Pinola and Debbie Cant. These are accomplished women who work tirelessly to make our community a better place and it is overwhelming to be named among them. I extend my sincere thanks to the chamber for giving me this honor.
The banquet is Oct. 8 at the Brookside Country Club. If you’re interested in attending, contact Lisa at the chamber office at (818) 248-4957 to see if there’s space available.