Approximately $70,000 was raised for the new Santa Monica History Museum at a recent gala to pay tribute to the major donors and supporters whose contributions helped fund construction of the new state-of-the-art facility.

Scheduled to open later this spring, the new museum will be located within the Santa Monica Public Library campus on Seventh Street in Santa Monica. More than 200 people attended the gala dinner presented by officials of the Santa Monica History Museum.

The dinner drew former and present Santa Monica city officials, business and community leaders and other residents of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.

Emmy-nominated actor and film producer Joe Regalbuto, best known for starring opposite Candice Bergen on the critically acclaimed television show, “Murphy Brown,” served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

The dinner, the largest in the museum’s history, was organized by Louise Gabriel, president/ CEO and founder of the Santa Monica History Museum, along with dinner chair Sandra Nonhof and a committee comprised of Evelyn Guerboian, Sharon Kanan, Melissa Macfadyen, Diane Margolin, Becky Mejia, Becky Upchurch and Jean McNeil Wyner, chair of the museum’s board of directors.

The museum’s staff and more than two dozen volunteers also helped with the event.

The event included a silent auction of products and services donated by local businesses and individuals.

Monies raised by the dinner and auction will be used to help operate the museum and to support its various programs and community restoration projects.

“(The gala) afforded us the opportunity to publicly thank our donors and supporters and recognize each of them for all they have done to help the museum,” museum president Gabriel said. “At the same time, and very importantly, it helped celebrate this unique new facility that will soon be open and allow people to enjoy and treasure Santa Monica’s very impressive history and culture.”

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