To the Moon and Back

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To the Moon and Back
September 22, 2019 5:00 pm
Santa Monica History Museum
John Klopping: (310)395-2290
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, 90401

Santa Monica History Museum Hosts Annual Gala Dinner

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Santa Monica History Museum will host its annual Gala Tribute Dinner at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on Sunday, September 22th at 5:00pm.

Guests will be able to participate in a silent and live auction, as well as enjoy dinner and cocktails. We are excited to have two remarkable honorees this year! With this year’s theme, “To the Moon and Back,” we will celebrate and honor Professor Hildreth (Hal) Walker, Jr. Mr. Walker led the manufacturing, testing and operation of the KORAD K-1500 ruby laser system in his Santa Monica lab in 1969 during the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. The ruby laser measured the distance from the moon and back and has been replicated in the Smithsonian.

We are also proud to honor Santa Monica College on its 90th Anniversary. Founded in 1929, SMC enrolls over 30,000 students. Under Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery’s leadership, SMC leads the nation in transferring students to the prestigious University of California system.

Santa Monica College will receive the Louise B. Gabriel Award. The Louise B. Gabriel Award is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to, and passion for, preserving the history of Santa Monica.

The annual Gala is the biggest fundraiser for the Santa Monica History Museum. We are proud to announce OneWest Bank as our title sponsor this year.

We invite our community businesses and friends of the Museum to participate in pledging your sponsorship to promote “Keeping Our History Alive.”

Dinner tickets are $180 per person and available for purchase online or by calling the museum. For sponsorship or donation information, please contact John Klopping, (310)395-2290,

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