The Valley Industry Association’s Education Foundation received a surge of financial support this week, when Southern California Edison presented the nonprofit organization with a check for $5,000 to support its annual Connecting to Success program. The grant check was presented by Anna Frutos-Sanchez, Edison’s Local Public Affairs Region Manager (and VIA Education Foundation board member), during the June 17 VIA luncheon at the Valencia Country Club.

“We’re hoping to encourage others to contribute as well,” Frutos-Sanchez said. “It’s key to the community.”

The grants are offered through Edison International, for nonprofit organizations that are focused on education, the environment, public safety and preparedness and civic engagement. The funds donated by Edison will support VIA’s annual Connecting to Success program, which serves more than 2,500 students from the William S. Hart Union High School District. Over the course of several sessions, Connecting to Success helps provides students with skills they will need as they enter the workforce, from knowing how to prepare for interviews to workplace ethics. The sessions are facilitated by more than 80 local business professionals.

 “This is an amazing gift on the part of Edison and will be a huge help to the foundation,” VIA President and CEO Kathy Norris said. “This grant will cover nearly a third of the hard costs for the CTS program, so it is especially welcome.”

Norris said the VIA Education Foundation has received several grants in the past. She said that every contribution makes a difference, and added that numerous in-kind donations from community business partners help keep down the costs of Connecting to Success.

The Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita represents business interests throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, providing members the opportunity to network and collaborate on a broad range of business issues. For more information about VIA or the VIA Education Foundation, visit www.via.orgor contact (661) 294-8088 or admin@via.org.

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Anna Frutos-Sanchez (left), local public affairs region manager for Southern California Edison (and VIA Education Foundation board member), presented a check from Edison International for $5,000 to the VIA Education Foundation at the June 17 VIA luncheon. Also pictured (left to right) are VIA Education Foundation board members Laura Kirchhoff, Andrea McAfee and Robert Jensen.