Conejo Valley Days
Three candidates are prepared to "fight it out" to capture the title of Grand Marshal for this year's Conejo Valley Days celebration.
"Diamond Dan" Urbaniak, a Realtor with Fred Sands in Westlake Village, is being sponsored the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks. The campaign team arranging "Diamond Dan's" fundraising events are no strangers to the Grand Marshal race. In fact two of them are former candidates themselves. All proceeds raised from the fundraisers are earmarked for "Casa Pacifica," a shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children in Ventura County.
"I'm very proud to be involved in the Grand Marshal Race and am extremely excited to get the event underway. I have only dreamed of running for Grand Marshal and still can't believe this is actually happening," said Dan.
Kathy "Cat Ballou" McLean, a real estate agent with Jon Douglas, is being sponsored by several groups including Chicago Title, Townsgate Escrow, The Conejo Valley Association of Realtors, Sherwood Oaks Funding, the Women's Council of Realtors, Four Star Printing, Bank of A. Levy, American Home Shield, Cellular One and others.
"Having grown up in the Conejo Valley, it has been my desire to throw my "cowboy hat" into the Conejo Valley Days Grand Marshal race for a long time," she explained. "Cat Ballou's" first CVD experience was at the age of 4 years old. "The parade started near the old Conejo Lodge and ended at the Janss Mall parking lot. No matter what your age, you know everyone and everyone knew you. For one week a year this town turned into a Western movie set...only the cowboys were real!" she reminisces.
Funds raised by "Cat Balou" will be donated to Multiple Sclerosis, MANNA and the Ventura County Shelter for Battered Women. Events being planned include an art auction, casino night, a billiards tournament, fashion show and western dinner dance.
"Win, lose or draw," said Kathy, "we are all winners because after the rides are down and the rodeo cheers are over, everyone involved can feel good about giving back to the community."
Lance "The Cow Wash Guy" Winslow is being sponsored by various high school athletic and band booster clubs, the AYSO, local Boy Scouts and churches. His wife Leslie heads his campaign.
Owner of the Car Wash Guys, a mobile car washing business, Winslow is into competition. He was AAU Junior Olympic Track Champion in 1977 and continued running track in his college years at Oxnard and Ventura College. He attended UCSB on a track scholarship. As car washing is his business, "The Cow Wash Guy" will donate funds raised to the non-profit groups sponsoring his campaign.
The candidate who raises the most money by 5:00 p.m. April 23, will be named as the 1993 Conejo Valley Days Grand Marshal.
Reprinted from Conejo Business Times, March 1993.