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Congratulations All Around!

Lawry’s honors Pearl Evens, an employee for over 40 years. Plus, John and Andrea Van de Kamp are recognized for their life’s accomplishments.

Richard N. and Mary Alice Frank joined in the celebration of Pearl’s 100th birthday.

Richard N. and Mary Alice Frank joined in the celebration of Pearl’s 100th birthday.

WE’RE DELIGHTED TO WISH a happy 100th birthday to Pearl Evans, a lady who is a part of Lawry’s history. For more than 40 years, Pearl was a coworker at Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakers, progressing from counter girl to supervisor at the company founded by Lawrence L. Frank and Theodore Van de Kamp.

Pearl Evans in the 1930s in her Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakers uniform.

Pearl Evans in the 1930s in her Van de Kamp’s Holland Dutch Bakers uniform.

When the original Lawry’s The Prime Rib launched in 1938, Lawrence invited Pearl to be a hostess on opening night.

One of her favorite treats is going to dinner at Lawry’s The Prime Rib.

She loved the new restaurant and the excitement of its premiere and ever since has held a special place in her heart for Lawry’s. Pearl’s family tells us that one of her favorite treats is going to dinner at Lawry’s The Prime Rib, the Five Crowns and the Tam O’Shanter Inn, and that Pearl’s many happy stories about her years with the Franks and Van de Kamps have made them feel like they, too, are a part of our family of co-workers.


JOHN AND ANDREA VAN DE KAMP were honored last month by the California Historical Society as “a husband and wife team of amazing accomplishment and tremendous dedication to California and the West.”

John, a member of our company’s founding families and a Lawry’s director, is currently president of the California State Bar. He is a former California attorney general and Los Angeles district attorney. John is also a past president and trustee of the California Historical Society and a former board member of the Norton Simon Museum, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Skid Row Development Corporation.

A husband and wife team of amazing accomplishment.

Andrea, who heads her own consulting firm in public affairs, served for 14 years as chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast office. She is a former trustee of Pomona College, the California Community Foundation, the First Women’s Bank and the Walt Disney Company.

As volunteer chairman of the Board of Governors of the Music Center of Los Angeles, Andrea led the creation of and 2003 opening of the landmark Walt Disney Concert Hall. She is now chairman emerita of the Music Center and serves as a volunteer on the boards of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication, the UCLA Hammer Museum and the World Affairs Council.

John was also honored in May with the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s 2005 Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award.