Valley of the Stars Gala 2022

2022 Valley of the Stars Awards Gala
The Sky’s The Limit

On Friday, April 8, 2022 The Valley Economic Alliance board members, supporters and local government officials came together in-person for the first time in over two years at our 24th Annual Valley of the Stars The Sky’s the Limit Gala Awards Celebration.

Close to 400 guests joined in the festivities at The Castaway Burbank as we recognized exemplary achievement among four phenomenal San Fernando Valley leaders. Our charming Master of Ceremonies Jerry O’Connell, Co-Host of The Talk, guided us through a fun-filled, elegant evening where we honored:

  • Eric Dickerson, Hall of Fame L.A. Rams Running Back, as our Sports & Entertainment Honoree
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, as our Jane and Bert Boeckmann Business Leadership Honoree (award accepted by CEO Amit Kleinberger)
  • Ken Craft of Hope of the Valley, as our Humanitarian Honoree; and
  • Christy Vega of Casa Vega, as our Trial Blazer honoree.

Thanks to our sponsors and guests, over $150,000 in needed funds were raised by the event. These critical resources will support our meaningful work to retain, recruit, and expand businesses in the San Fernando Valley; provide critical small business assistance; offer workforce development programs; conduct community revitalization, promote Valley tourism, and so much more.

To those of you who supported the Gala, we send you a heartfelt THANK YOU for helping us to make the evening a success!

To those of you who were not able to participate this year, we missed you! Please enjoy photos and video from the event and plan to join us at next year’s Gala or any of the many convenings from now until then. You can learn about our programs at

Thank you for being a friend of The Alliance – YOUR Alliance – and we look forward to seeing you at our 2023 Valley of the Stars Gala!


Fred Gaines, Board Chair

Sonya Kay Blake, President and CEO

Cleveland Brown, Payscout, Gala Co-Chair

Kristy Lazur, MAXIMUS, Gala Co-Chair

Tim Gaspar, Gaspar Insurance Services, Gala Co-Chair

The 2022 Valley of the Stars Gala Committee

2022 Valley of the Stars Gala Committee

Nestor Aguilar-Compass Concierge, Sonya Blake-The Valley Economic Alliance, Cleveland Brown-Payscout,
Barry Cohn-JorgensenHR, Winnie Davis-Coldwell Banker Quality Partners,
Martha Diaz Aszkenazy-Aszkenazy Development, Gayle Duffy-Pacific Western Bank,
Don Franken-Franken Enterprises, Samantha Fuchs-Aerojet Rocketdyne,
Fred Gaines-Gaines & Stacey, Timothy Gaspar-Gaspar Insurance,
Erica Gass-The Valley Economic Alliance,
David Honda-So Cal Corporate Growth Partners,
Sarah Horvet-Galpin Motors, Cindy Keitel-Cal Lutheran University,
Kristy Lazur-MAXIMUS, Natasha Madarian-Melzie’s,
Pegi Matsuda-Pegi Matsuda Consulting,
Jacqui Matsumoto-The Valley Economic Alliance, Kathleen McIntyre-CMTC,
Walter Njboke-Ricoh USA, Yael Rubin-Blumenes Lab,
Nairy Sajonian-Comerica Bank, Tallin Semerjian-Tinq,
Teresa Todd-Point of View Communications, Oscar Urrutia-My Valley Pas

Celebrating Our 2022
Stars of the Valley


We invite you to join us for what will surely be the event of the year for the San Fernando Valley. This year, our highly anticipated Gala will be presented virtually, and will offer all of the inspiration and entertainment our guests have come to expect. You can strengthen the region’s economic recovery by sponsoring or attending this meaningful program. Your support will provide critical business assistance for local small businesses, job search assistance for local residents, advocacy for improving the quality of life in the San Fernando Valley region, and so much more.

Trail Blazer

Game Changer


Awards Sponsor


Dessert Sponsor

On Board

Flower Sponsors

Rosenheim & Associates

Tierra del Sol

Music Sponsor

Galpin Motors

Wine Sponsors

Realm Entertainment

Richard Katz Consulting

Public Relations Sponsor

Point of View Communications

Media Sponsors

Daily News

San Fernando Valley Business Journal