The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2013 awards and will host a gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley to honor the awardees.

This year’s gala is titled “There’s no place like home…No place like Scotts Valley” will feature live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, honoree presentations and an evening of dancing. Reservations are $85 per person.

For information: or 438-1010.

Woman of the Year: Diane Bianconi

An auctioneer, Bianconi has served many fundraising auctions through her company DBM Enterprises. She currently serves as Vice President of the Scotts Valley Chamber Board of Directors and has served as co-chairperson for the Awards Gala for the past four years and coordinated the annual chamber membership barbecue held each spring.

Additionally, Bianconi has served as a Scotts Valley Park Advocate, helping build the Skatepark, recent improvements to the Community Center, and the Fourth of July Parade.

Bianconi has also served as a Board Member with the Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Red Cross for many years, has continued a junior golf program her father started, and volunteers at Montevalle where she lives. She helps with drug abuse education and supports the Fallen Officer Foundation.

Sharemi Ullestad Memorial Youth of the Year: Alex McMillion

Scotts Valley High School senior Alex McMillion volunteered as a bass player at Gateway Bible Church, a counselor for Vacation Bible Camp, and as a junior high leader at his church. McMillion is known to always be willing to serve.

Alex also currently serves as president of the SVHS God Squad club and has volunteered for the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce for several years doing set-up and tear-down at many events while recruiting other student volunteers.

Alvin Scarborough Memorial Man of the Year: Elliot Stone

Elliot Stone is the owner and operator of Elite Martial Arts in Scotts Valley. He is known for his character, teaching 300 students manners and new skills, and serving as a role model, giving back to the community by donating to our schools. 

Stone, teaches martial arts and makes sure his students do schoolwork, behave appropriately and know how to defuse a bully. 

In July Stone demonstrated the value of martial arts training, remaining calm, cool and collected in face of disaster when the plane he, his family and some of his students were on crashed at San Francisco airport. He was so calm, he called Wolf Blitzer of CNN to provide a first-person account of what happened. He helped bring passengers out of the burning plane and waited with them until help arrived.

Business of the Year: CineLux Theatre, Café’ & Lounge

With recent renovations, moviegoers in Scotts Valley can now experience dinner and a movie, at the movies. CineLux Theatres opened a Café and Lounge in the cinema’s east wing where moviegoers to relax and socialize before and after their movie.

"Our goal is to redefine going to the movies in Santa Cruz County,” said President Paul Gunsky. “We’ve created a comfortable lounge where movie-goers can relax before and after their film. Since acquiring the venue in late 2009, CineLux Theatres has upgraded and expanded the theatre complex.  

The remodel has been good for other Scotts Valley businesses that benefit from the extra patrons coming to Scotts Valley.  

Organization of the Year: Rotary Club of Scotts Valley

The Rotary Club of Scotts Valley has been serving the community since March 1, 1975, and currently has 43 dedicated members

Club members are engaged in serving our community with youth as the forefront of its service. Rotary hosts service clubs in Scotts Valley Middle School and Scotts Valley High School.

The club provides five annual scholarships to seniors graduating high school and gives 41 achievement awards annually. Additionally, the club provides grants, school breakfasts, leadership training, computers to low income students, and campus beautification days.

Rotarians also volunteer at city events, assist seniors and provide backpacks to needy students.

Beautification of Scotts Valley: Regional Artists Association’s “Remember SkyPark” mural

During the past year the Scotts Valley Artisans founders formed the non-profit organization Regional Artists Association and have continued their Mural-in-a Day projects with community donations and sponsorships. The one-day community event with local artists and volunteers working together to complete a large-scale outdoor mural on the side of a building turned into a weekend event as they tackled the large wall on the side of the Scotts Valley Library with the theme “Remember SkyPark.”

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