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Culver Studios hosts ISES L.A. Chapter meeting

The historic Culver Studios, site of filming for “Gone With the Wind,” “Citizen Kane” and other classics from Hollywood’s golden age, served as the perfect set for the ISES L.A. Chapter’s June meeting last night.

Culver Studios president Ron Lynch welcomed the group with anecdotes from the studio’s history, including the story that former owner Joseph Kennedy, father of late U.S. president John F. Kennedy, built a private dressing room for his paramour, actress Gloria Swanson—who learned years after the affair ended that he had used her money to pay for it. Lynch then led tours of the facility, which offers sound stages for events, valet parking, security, and full-service on-site catering.

A special new member session offering an in-depth look at staging successful fund-raisers.

Guests dined on herbed chicken skewers, stuffed tomatoes, and beggar’s purses created by on-site caterer Sodexho on “New York Street,” set of the popular TV series “Mad About You.”

Hallowed house: Culver Studios president Ron Lynch and Sodexho catering general manager Lisa Justice pose before the cottage built for actress Olivia de Havilland during the filming of 'Gone With the Wind' (left).

Abbey Event Services supplied rentals, while Cort Event Furnishings created a sleek lounge area. Al Lampkin Entertainment offered acts including a strolling magician and a DJ, while floral from Dutch Masters graced tables. Total Success Event Services kept spirits flowing at the hosted bar.

Hooray for Hollywood: Gourmet Celebrations director of sales Michel Euliss shares a smile with ISES L.A. Chapter president Ilona Hobbs of GBS Linens at the chapter's June meeting (below).

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