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Dear Friends:


A heartfelt thanks to all of you who has sent so many wonderful messages about me and the California Star Ball and thanks to all of you who came to celebrate the 60th Anniversary with me.  This competition holds an extra special place in many of our hearts and coming to the Star Ball has always felt like coming home to family.  So many of the people involved in this competition including my family, Merete, Gary, Shaun, Kelly and Scott have been coming back for decades, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the continued support all of these years.  Without them there would not have been a California Star Ball.  Also I would like to thank David Don and Stephan Krauel who worked many hours before the competition to make sure the program was updated.  As mentioned on Saturday Night, I first got involved with the Star in the early 70's so it was a very difficult desition to say goodbye to something that has been such an important part of my life, but it seems like the right time has come to say goodbye and pass it on to the new owners, David Alvarez and John Fishpay who some of you may know from the Hawaii Star Ball.  I know they will be continuing the California Star Ball legacy as the longest running competition in the United States and I wish them All The Very Best.  Wishing all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  All the best

Gitte Svendsen