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Marshal competition winds down; CVD nears
By Jim Ponder

Staff Writer

Competition for the 1993 Conejo Valley Days grand marshal title ends Friday night when a winner of the fund-raising contest is named.

Three candidates are vying to be the grand marshal of the 37th annual Conejo Valley Days, a celebration of the area's life style and history.

They are Kathy "Cat Ballou" McLean, "Diamond Dan" Urbaniak, and Lance "The Cow-Wash Guy" Winslow.

One of the year's more offbeat fund-raisers is an art auction at Friday night's grand marshal countdown, which begins at 7 p.m. at Newbury Park Holiday Inn.

Thousand Oaks resident Robert B. Seghi of the Kiwanis Club will auction off his painting "Racquet Club World," by Francisco Grippa.  Bidding starts at $6,500, Seghi said.  The Kiwanians are sponsoring Urbaniak, and the money raised will go to his designated charity, Casa Pacifica, an interim-care facility for children who are wards of the court.

Winslow and his campaign manager his wife, Leslie, have raised funds by sponsoring car washes.

The money they raise will benefit athletic teams at Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Newbury Park and Oak Park high schools, as well as the American Youth Soccer Organization, Conejo Valley Unified soccer teams, Boy Scouts and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Winslow invited members of the Thousand Oaks chapter of Ross Perot's citizen watchdog group United We Stand to participate in his benefit at the Conejo Valley Days Kickoff picnic.

McLean, a real estate agent, is taking part in her 30th Conejo Valley Days; she first attended at age 4.  Tammy Smith and Michelle Steinle are her campaign mangers; Zonta, a women's service club, is her sponsor.

McLean's fund-raising efforts have included a dinner dance/Monte Carlo night at Sherwood Country Club and an art auction with wine and cheese.  The money McLean raises will go to the multiple sclerosis fund, Manna and the Ventura County Shelter or Battered Women.

Reprinted from News Chronicle, April 1993.

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