The Valley Line: Chamber of Commerce crowns Miss La Cañada Flintridge

January 24, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Princess Stephanie Beck, left, shares a moment with the newly crowned Courtney Perry.
Princess Stephanie Beck, left, shares a moment with the… (Photo by Libby Cline )

After experiencing the deep freeze of last week, this weekend's sunshine was so welcome. On Sunday morning I sat in my outdoor patio swing and finished up an epic 3,435-page book I had been reading for some time. The book, simply called "New York," had a good ending, and my world seemed blissful.

I'm sure that all of you also truly appreciated the turn in our weather. The weather people on television seemed to be dancing a happy jig as they forecast this change.

It was evident by last Thursday evening that the warming trend had begun, and that the more than 150 people gathered at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club for the 101st La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. installation and awards dinner were in a jovial mood.

It was a wonderfully presented program under the direction of Pat Anderson, chief executive and president of the chamber, and her staff of June Beemer, Starr Frazier and Olivia Brown.


There was a hum of excitement bouncing around the room. Nick Berkuta was emcee for the evening. Also stepping to the podium to make remarks and announce awards were LCF Mayor Steve Del Guercio and Wes Seastrom, president of the chamber's board of directors.

The five lovely young women comprising the La Cañada Flintridge court were looking quite beautiful in their long, beaded gowns. The girls' official wardrobe is provided by Bloomingdale's Department Store in Sherman Oaks. I'll spare you a long wait and tell you right now who the new Miss La Cañada Flintridge is: Courtney Perry. Joining her on this 2013 court are Stephanie Beck, Chelsea Johnson, Madison Johnson and Nora Sagal.

Introducing the court were Jane Owen and Mindy DiPaolo of the La Cañada Junior Women's Club who are advisors for the court. Lauren Barsamian, Miss LCF for 2012, was on hand to present the tiara to Courtney.

The stunning tiaras of the court were designed last year and manufactured by Cañada Jewelry & Gifts. Jack Malian, one of the owners of this family-owned store, was named businessman of year.

Along with Malian, other recipients of community service awards included Jeanne Wallace, ambassador of the year; Los Gringos Locos, business of the year, was accepted by owner Bent Hansen, along with members of his family and some of the employees of the restaurant; the band, “Misplaced Priorities” won the community spirit award. Tom Reynolds, one of the founding band members, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

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