Historical Museum offers live auction, dinner at gala event
Industryites headed east Saturday to Pasadena Historical Museum al fresco gala where they were given a history lesson with the unveiling of the “Hollywood Comes to Pasadena” exhibit.
Designer and Pasadena City College alum Bob Mackie, honorary event chair, noted, “Everything isn’t in Beverly Hills.”
The memorabilia hodgepodge ranged from “Star Trek” to stars’ clothes and took a year to plan. While patrons participated in a live auction and dinner by starlight, many thoughts were still on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. In her welcome address, Board of Trustees prexy Judy Wilson paid tribute to David and Lynn Angell as “fine Pasadena residents who gave to many organizations, particularly the Pasadena Playhouse.” Sympathy was also extended to benefit patron AON Risk Services which lost 300 workers at the World Trade Center.
In the wake of the FBI alert of threats to major studios, Disney Motion Pictures Group prexy Richard Cook, an honorary event chair, was glad the benefit went on as scheduled and was amazed by the turnout. “I think it’s been a real shot in the arm for the entire community.”
Among those celebrating Pasadena’s cinematic heritage were benefit co-chairs Susan Leach Hansen and Rick Phelps; honorary event chairs Digby Diehl and Stephen J. Cannell; and guests Barbara Babcock, Earl Holliman, John Phillip Law, Margaret O’Brien and Robert Picardo.