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FUN AND FUNDRAISERS SYLMAR WOMAN'S CLUB CROWNS A QUEEN FOR THE DAY.

Byline: Rick Coca Valley News Writer

The Sylmar Woman's Club recently named member Zee Roe-Dankworth their 2006 Queen for the Day.

Established in 1940 and incorporated in 1984, the club is dedicated to raising money for charitable organizations and higher-education scholarships for local students.

The queen contest is a good-natured effort to honor the women who work so diligently year-round to make the Sylmar Woman's Club a success.

``We started this (contest) about seven years ago,'' said club president Karen Sikora. ``We said, 'You know, everybody works so hard, let's have some fun and socialize for ourselves.' When you're raising money, you're not necessarily socializing.''

Roe-Dankworth's name was drawn by lottery and she received many gifts and prizes in exchange for promising to take someone out to lunch and reconnect with an old friend.

``I'm very grateful for all the lovely gifts and the loving friendships here at the Sylmar Woman's Club,'' Roe-Dankworth said.

The Queen for the Day contest is a short, but well-deserved break for the club.

President Sikora said last year the club donated $12,000 in scholarship money to students from Sylmar High School and Mission Community College. She said she feels a deep sense of satisfaction when she sees the students receive the money.

``I feel absolutely wonderful because I know this money is not for naught, that it's going to be put to good use,'' Sikora said.

The club has two major fundraisers a year, a holiday boutique in December and spring fashion show in May. Both events include raffles for various donated services and items and are well-attended. Last year, the December event brought in about 350 people and raised more than $8,000 in a single day.

Sikora, 66, said people might be surprised by the club members' abilities.

``The majority of these ladies are in their 80s, but they are spry,'' Sikora said. ``They are go-getters.''

Sikora has lived in Sylmar, along with her husband, Roger Sikora, since 1985 and has been involved in charity work all her life. She joined the Woman's Club in 1997 and is serving her third-year as president. She enjoys the collaboration that goes on between members to make their fundraising efforts pay off.

There are other perks to the Sylmar Woman's Club.

``Women are warm and caring, and we can discuss things that normally we wouldn't do with men around,'' Sikora said. ``Not risque things, just things a man would say, 'Oh my God, there she goes again.'''

To donate money to the Sylmar Woman's Club or inquire about future events, please call (818) 366-5817.

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Sylmar Woman'sClub 2006 Queen for the Day Zee Roe-Dankworth wears it well, as club president Karen Sikora presides over the ceremony.

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