'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:

  • Kris Kaminski and Chris Wrisley, paramedics known for dedication and community outreach.
  • Todd Feneis and Steve Pullen, Heartland Fire & Rescue captains, who helped save the life of a heart attack victim during this year’s Oktoberfest.
  • La Mesa Police Officer Daniel Herrin, honored for his anti-drug, anti-gang and sex offender registration work during the last year.
  • Katie Lynch, La Mesa police detective, honored for a “bulldog’’ tenacity in solving a spate of burglary and property crimes during 2010
  • Belle Sutker and Bob Houghtlin, La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol members, who have volunteered repeatedly on a wide variety of department projects and services.

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!’’




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Tags: Business, Casino Royale, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Mary England


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Comment by Barry Mantel on February 28, 2011 at 10:37am
YOU DID..! xoxoxox
Comment by Karen Pearlman on February 25, 2011 at 9:02am
Looks like i missed a great time!!

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