5 FINALISTS NAMED FOR VALLEY'S FERNANDO AWARD.
Five finalists have been named for the 42nd annual Fernando Award, a salute to volunteerism and the San Fernando Valley's most prestigious civic honor.
The finalists for the award to be announced Nov. 3 are Marvin R. Selter of Studio City, Ed Cholakian of Granada Hills, Rickey M. Gelb of Studio City, Rose Goldwater of Woodland Hills and Bob Scott of West Hills.
Selter, an accountant who founded a national management consulting firm, is the chairman of the board of the Valley Economic Development Center and a past chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.
He is chairman of the planned giving committees of the Sinai Temple and of the University of Judaism, a past vice president of the UCLA-Olive View Medical Center Foundation, past chairman of the Los Angeles City Board of Zoning Appeals and a co-chairman of the Economic Development Initiative of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley.
Ed Cholakian of Granada Hills is the head of Uniglobe Executive Travel in Sylmar.
Cholakian's accomplishments include serving on the board of International Guiding Eyes for 12 years to help the blind with guide dogs; serving on City Councilman Hal Bernson's Citizens Advisory Council; and founding the LAPD Foothill Advisory Booster Association where he served as its president for five years.
Rickey M. Gelb of Studio City is a real estate developer and property manager.
Gelb's accomplishments include bringing new facilities for the LAPD's Jeopardy anti-gang program in the Valley; raising funds for children at risk of joining gangs and helping teach them new skills to make it out of gangs. He found and bought administrative offices for Haven Hill, a shelter for domestic violence victims.
Rose Goldwater of Woodland Hills is a community activist who has volunteered at the West Valley Boys & Girls Club and Pierce College; served on the Woodland Hills Day Labor Task Force; and served on West Hills Hospital & Medical Center's Board of Trustees and Community Advisory Board.
Bob Scott of West Hills is an attorney who served as chairman of several Valley organizations, including the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, United Chambers of Commerce of the Valley, the Valley Advocates for Local Unified Education, and the Economic Development Center.
The other five semifinalists were Esther Joanna Neill, a victims assistant coordinator from Van Nuys; Martha Diaz Aszkenazy, president of Pueblo Contracting Services; Irwin S. Silon, an Arleta graphic artist; M. Hawley Smith, Arleta Chamber of Commerce president; and Ellie Vargas, a Woodland Hills leader in youth crisis response programs. The full list of finalists is being reprinted today because a Saturday story incorrectly reported a semifinalist as a finalist, confusing that person with a finalist who could not attend Friday's luncheon, where the announcement was made.
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|Date:||Aug 20, 2000|
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