by Don “Louie” Keele
An Tuesday night, February 24, millions of listeners throughout the North American continent and probably some overseas, heard about Banning and its 20-30 Club. Bob Hope brought his program to Banning to help our club secure money for its Building Fund.
In addition to his regular broadcast, Bob did a special hour show after leaving the air. Vera Vague, Jerry Colona, guest star Clifton Webb and announcer Wendell Niles were the principal performers. Les Brown and his orchestra were generous with their fine music.
President Milton Callopy presented the comedian with a blue and grey western shirt bearing the inscription “Healthy Baskers” in gold lettering. This is the name our club is known by.
Bob Hope made presentations of gold football trophies to the outstanding football players of the Banning High School football squad of 1947 on behalf of our club.
Community leaders have expressed their appreciation of the work of our club in bringing the Hope show to Banning, and stated it was one of the best publicity features the community has ever had. Every seat in the auditorium was occupied and the entire event was outstanding.