Celebrating 70 Years: ‘Dancing with the Chamber Stars’

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

On Thursday, January 17, the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce will host its 70th annual Installation Gala—and this year will feature dancing.

“Arthur Murray instructors will dance with three board members,” Outgoing Chairman Susan Payne explained to the Palisadian-Post ahead of the “Dancing with the Chamber Stars” event. “I’m a judge, Rick Lemmo is a judge, Billy and Janice Crystal are judges, and we’re going to judge the dancers.”

And then after the judging, the dance floor will open up for all attendees.

This year’s celebration will include Payne passing the gavel to Chairman of the Board Richard Blumenberg of RLB Architecture, as well as the induction of the 2019 board of directors.

There will also be three awards handed out, including the Mort Farberow, which will be awarded to Arnie Wishnick.

“It’s been going on for years and years and years,” Payne explained, adding that current Chamber President Bob Benton was the first recipient of the award.

Other awards handed out will be the Best New Business to Estate Coffee and the Beautification Award, which will be given to Palisades Village.

One thing Payne emphasized of the upcoming event: No longwinded speeches. Speeches have been eliminated or limited, with a three-minute cap.

Other festivities will include dinner, cocktails and a silent auction, featuring a range of items.

“It’s really fun to see all the members,” Payne said of the event. “We have a good turnout. I find it to be a really fun experience.”

The 2019 “Dancing with the Chamber Stars” Installation Gala will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The Riviera Country Club. For tickets, which are $125, visit palisadeschamber.com. 

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