Fifty years ago, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker was in office, a new house was less than $12,000, a gallon of gas was about 25 cents, and a young man named Cassius Clay, after having won the Olympic Gold Medal in Rome, won his first professional boxing fight as Muhammad Ali. In entertainment, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. were making Vegas famous in both song and on the big screen, and high in the hills of West Vancouver, a little place called Hollyburn Country Club was forging new territory in what would become one of Canada’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. “Under the Palms – 50th Anniversary Gala” was held last Saturday and featured a glamorous night of Vegas style celebrating including showgirls, gala dinner and cocktail reception, a “funny money” casino and live entertainment by “Nearly Neil”. Congrats to all founding members and their families, and to all that helped make this night so special.
01 – Celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary, West Vancouver’s Ross and Elaine Henderson both grew up here on the North Shore.
02 – Keeping guests’s glasses full behind the “Bellagio” bar are Hollyburn barmen Lucas Watt and Chris Burrows.
03 – Beautiful and blonde, Hollyburn member Eva Taubenfligel always looks like she’s just stepped off the fashion runway.
04 – Enjoying a night of dancing and more, Dr. Allan Bergmann and wife Nicole get to enjoy a grown-ups night out.
05 – Glitter and feathers and sequins and more. Two of the evening’s spectacular Vegas style showgirls helped get everyone into celebration mode.
06 – Sporting fabulous white dinner jackets, Hollyburn CEO Ed McLachlin, left, and COO Ernest Batcho cuddle up for a photo with Jenny Sanders, Director of Membership Sales.
07 – George Taubenfligel, of Mercedes Benz Silver Star Auto fame, and Ray Signorello, Napa California wine maker, are among the VIP members here to celebrate this night.
By Catherine Barr – Oct 2, 2010
As seen in print in the North Shore Outlook Newspaper on Oct 7, 2010