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On The Town: Toasting chamber's 100th birthday

June 09, 2010|By Ruth Sowby

The "Celebration of the Century" was held Thursday on the Americana's Green. More than 320 supporters partied in black ties and gowns from twilight to midnight under a clear sky of sparkling stars in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Rich Roche welcomed his audience and introduced incoming chamber President Rick Lemmo.

An opportunity drawing attracted generous shoppers, dinner attracted the hungry and dancing to the music of California attracted the light of foot. VIPs taking advantage of all three included Rep. Adam Schiff, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and wife Darlene, and former Glendale Mayors Frank Quintero and wife Jani, Carl Raggio and Sheldon Baker; and City Manager Jim Starbird.

More VIPs included Chamber Executive Vice President and former President Judee Kendall, Morre Dean, presiding over the Glendale Adventist (Centennial Sponsor) table, wife Katrina and children Tyler, 13 and Jill, 10; and newly installed president of Glendale Beautiful Doyle Kutch, nattily attired in black tie.

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More VIPs included man-on-the-run Sunder Ramani, Glendale Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Police Chief Ron De Pompa, Glendale Community College Supt./President Dawn Lindsay, Supt./President Emeritus John Davitt, board President Tony Tartaglia, Glendale school board President Greg Krikorian, Supt. Michael Escalante and incoming Supt. Richard Sheehan.

Just about to turn 100 years old, Genevieve Sultenfuss was honored as the first female chamber president of 1977.

A toast was held in honor of the chamber's next 100 years.


More than 200 art lovers "Indulg[ed] in the Arts" at Porto's Bakery, where hors d'oeuvres, sweets, coffee and wines from the Wine Cave in Montrose were the order of the evening Sunday. Glendale Arts was the beneficiary of proceeds from the entry fee of $50 and silent auction organized by Glendale Arts Board member Marcia Hanford. A frequently bid item was a two-night stay at the Residences Luxury Apartments at the Americana. A dinner for four prepared and served in the winners' apartment was tossed in for good measure.

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