As Burbank Chamber of Commerce officials marked the chamber’s 91st year of service to the local business community, they used the occasion of their annual gala to also tip their hats to the city of Burbank, which with nine years on them, is currently in the throes of its centennial celebration.
Presented under the theme, “Oh, Burbank! The First 100 Years,” last week’s gala, produced by Burbank Chamber of Commerce President Gary Olson, saw more than 300 of the city’s movers and shakers welcomed to the Sheraton Universal Hotel for an event that will not be soon forgotten.
The evening commenced with a cast of talented singers and dancers taking guests through a musical history of the past century accompanied by a video presentation that concluded with Gary Owens, of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” fame. Owens, the man who coined the phrase “Beautiful Downtown Burbank,” then introduced Chamber Board Chairman Tom Smith of NBC.