Pacific Beach Scene: All fun and games at Business Awards night

Jesse Goodwick, Joe Bartling, Renee Waddell and Ashley Ryann
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Discover Pacific Beach hosted its 2019 Casino Night Dinner & Awards program on March 28 with 154 guests boarding the William D Evans Sternwheeler launching from the Catamaran Resort Hotel. The awards have been a PB tradition since 2012 (the dinner since 1999) to honor and celebrate exemplary businesses and volunteers.

An evening of fun and entertainment awaited with members of the PB Town Council and PB Woman’s Club also on hand. Guests were treated to a three-course meal, beer and wine, cocktails for purchase, a silent auction with a variety of packages provided by local businesses, and, of course, lots of gambling and casino-themed games. Nonstop laughter could be heard from every corner of the sternwheeler — even from those who didn’t “win big.” Among all the perks of attendance was the spirit of comaradery that kept the fun going as friends gambled with friends and rolled dice with business partners.

*Note: Not pictured, the New Business Award went to The Facility Dance Studio.

Renee Waddell enthusiastically gives two thumbs up while Joe Bartling gets goofy behind her.
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The Heart of PB Award went to Crown Point Coffee. From left: Denise Friedman, Sara Berns, Bert Hudgins, Cathie Jolley and Amber Lighty
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Jack Conca, Malte Niebelschuetz, Liz Segre, Adele Marsh and Thanos Karas
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Pat Heinzle and Michelle Escobedo
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Dustin Wilmer, Aubrey Nagel, Bryant Villasin, Ty Hauter, Joy Conca and Carry Sobaowiak
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Andrew Hellier, Monica Eslamian and Michaela Valk
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Henish and Teresah Pulickal
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Design & Improvement Award goes to Maverick’s Beach Club with Mark Cirillo, Eric Lingenfelder, David Cohen, Sara Berns, Larry Dillard, Krista Marcheschi and Amber Lighty.
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This room overview speaks to the event’s success.
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The Community Patron Award was given to Jacob Gelfand, vice president of operations at Campland on the Bay.
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Brian Dunlap, owner of The Mad Beet, is honored as a community volunteer.
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The Duran-Galliher Community Spirit Award (in recognition of tireless energy, enthusiasm and contributions to many neighborhood organizations in memory of Mike Duran and Rose Galliher) went to Debbie Conca of Mr Frostie, accepted by her son Jack Conca.
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