Hesperia mayor crowned Man About Town
APPLE VALLEY • Their campaign signs were never posted along Bear Valley Road or on chain link fences, but these men fought valiantly to earn the title of Man About Town.
The Phoenix Foundation crowned Hesperia Mayor Thurston “Smitty” Smith as the organization’s second winner on Saturday night at the Apple Valley Conference Center.
Foundation founder Julie Norton said the 2013 Man About Town winner, David North, relinquished his crown to Bianca Johnson, the Universal Royalty Ambassador, who then crowned Smith.
“I know that Smitty is going to do a wonderful job carrying the title for the entire year,” Norton said. “I would also like to thank everyone who helped us raise money through this yearly event. Without the help of these people, we would not be able to help the families that we do.”
Norton said the 10 nominees earned a total of $7,405, with each candidate’s vote earning $1 for the foundation.
Despite a huge online push for votes, Donald Tatera, an interior designer and general contractor for Decorating Den Interiors, came in second.
During his campaign, Tatera, a 22-year resident of Apple Valley, flooded Facebook with photos of himself holding a Man About Town flier as he stood next to a variety of community leaders.
Manny Serrano, a community leader, Army veteran and the owner of Edible Arrangements, came in just behind Tatera.
Other contestants were Algot Stephenson, David Smith, Roy Uhl, Derek King, Jim Gutierrez, Michael Karen and Josh Grewal.
Apple Valley Councilwoman Barb Stanton, a former radio host and a member of the foundation, was the Master of Ceremonies.
Norton said each contestant received a “tool belt sash” with their name on it. Each of the three winners received a desk clock with their title and name.
Norton said totals from Saturday night’s admission and raffle tickets will be added to the total fundraising mark.
“We had some pretty cool prizes this year,” Norton said. “We had a mini helmet autographed by Joe Namath, a jersey from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, an iPad Air, Toby Keith tickets and many specialty baskets.”
Entertainment was provided by the Sun City Rockettes and Smith and his wife were scheduled to take a donated limo ride home after the event.
Donations for the foundation can still be made online at www.HDPhoenixFoundation.com.
Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227, RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com or on Twitter@renegadereports.
The article was taken from the Victor Valley Daily Press 760-241-4411
Rose Henrichsen · FollowFollowing · Top Commenter · Owner at Self-EmployedMichael Karen would of done well
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Rose Henrichsen · FollowFollowing · Top Commenter · Owner at Self-EmployedCongrats to Smitty
William CrazyLacy Furmage · Top Commenter · Works at RAD Riders Against DiscriminationSmitty sure does’t get a pat on the back for the lame @ss Skatepark Hesperia put in, THAT PARK IS PATHETIC IN EVERYBODY’S EYES. It’s 2014 for Christ sake. Build a park one would be proud of!
Barb Stanton another politician who is unresponsive and doesn’t care much for the citizens she is supposed to represent. We’ve been emailing her for over a year and she has not responded once. Citizens have met with her personally about issues and she has done NOTHING!!!
Thurston Smith! Unresponsive and uncaring about the items and issues of the City of Hesperia’s citizens. Please reply to at least one of our emails.