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'Casino Party' Celebrates Chamber, La Mesa Heroes
MISSION VALLEY – Much of La Mesa moved 12 miles west Thursday night as the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held its annual anniversary celebration and fundraiser at the Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley.
The event, themed around the casino scenes in “Casino Royale,’’ the James Bond movie, featured casual dining and faux gaming at black jack, craps and roulette tables using Chamber scrip. There was a silent auction with a wide variety of gifts, many of them donated by La Mesa businesses.
Community leaders – including Chuck Hansen and Charley Brown from Viejas, Police Chief Alan Lanning, and the Chamber’s Executive Director Mary England – mingled with local residents and business leaders as funds were raised for Chamber projects. Prominent at the party – they purchased an advertisement on the back cover of the evening’s program – were newcomers to the city who are promoting the Park Station project being studied for the land north of the American Legion facility along Baltimore and University avenues.
The evening’s program also included short speeches in honor of eight public servants who were being honored as “Community Heroes’’ including:
One of the unnamed heroes of the evening was, in fact, the Mistress of Ceremonies, Mary England.
Still recovering from knee surgery, England managed to organize and execute the demanding evening while only exhibiting a slight limp.
“Just wait ‘til tomorrow,” England said. “I won’t be able to walk!’’