While folks are accustomed to turning west off Hollywood Way into Bob Hope Airport to travel, this past Friday evening saw more than 250 members and supporters of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce make an easterly turn to the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel for a traveling experience not usually associated with Burbank — cruising.
Setting sail for adventure, the organization presented its annual fundraiser gala as “Anchors Aweigh,” a cruise-themed evening of casino gaming, cabaret shows and lounge entertainment. The brainchild of Lisa Rawlins, who serves as the senior vice president of studio and production affairs and public relations for Warner Bros. Entertainment, the evening included food stations, the magic of Murray Zahn, the juggling of David Cousin, and the musical stylings of Douglass “The Crooner” Roegiers and pianist Barry Lamster.
Chamber of Commerce President Gary Olson was joined by his staff members Sheri Rang and Kimberly Thompson, Chairman of the Board Barry Burnett and the gala committee, Eric Foster, Mike Thomas, Terry Walker and Rawlins to welcome “cruisers” aboard the S.S. Chamber. Among those who were granted permission to board were Mayor Dave Golonski, Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Councilman Jess Talamantes and former Mayors Mary Lou Howard and Bill Wiggins.