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I Remember When Chimayo at the Beach Opened in Huntington Beach California



Dateline--Huntington Beach, California

Spring 1998. Photo was taken at when Chimayo at the Beach opened in the spring 1998, unveiled by owner David Wilhelm. 10 years later it was renamed Savannah at the Beach in April 2008.


Left: Diane Baker, former Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau president & CEO; and Pat Davis, former resident who was a Public Relations Consultant and community volunteer over 20 years in Huntington Beach. In the middle of these two women is Papa Duck, for the Duck-a-thon fund-raiser. 


The day the restaurant opened to local folks, the samples were light, Southwest cuisine appetizers. Many stayed to dine on a full lunch meal. Chimayo at the Beach received a lot of attention and focus when it opened because of its location. It sat on the sand where a roller skating business previously held court.


I remember when I was first introduced to these two powerhouse women of Huntington Beach. The first time I met Diane Baker was probably back in 1994, when she needed photographic images to promote tourism in the city.  I had known Pat Davis as a neighbor for years, and saw her at too many functions too recall. One of the saddest events before she moved to Kentucky was the passing of her husband, Bob, a dapper, amiable man who was well known for golfing, had lots of charm and a variety of talents that made him well-liked.


Pat was a multi-tasker (and probably still is.) One hand on the steering wheel of the car and a cell phone in the other, she was lining things up constantly, always greeting a new challenge or project to promote.



For many of
those years she spearheaded one of Orange County’s largest, annual fund
raising events called the
. The
which benefits the
Huntington Beach Community Clinic, is held in downtown Huntington Beach
every mid-May at Pier Place. Pat’s due diligence, friendships, and community
leadership helped guide a support group of over 75 volunteers raising over $2
million dollars to provide health care for those in need across Orange County.
In her honor the Community Care Health Centers recognized her contributions
by naming the Duck-A-Thon Donor Wall: The Pat Davis Duck-A-Thon
Donor Wall – Presented by the Huntington Beach Community Clinic Support
Group. Community Care Health Centers is a leader in providing high quality,
affordable and accessible health care services to people in need. Pat now lives
in Kentucky, helps her daughter with her B&B, and enjoys her grandchildren.