The Santa Monica History Museum will host its annual Gala Tribute Dinner at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on Sunday, September 22 at 5 p.m.

Guests will be able to participate in a silent and live auction, as well as enjoy dinner and cocktails. They have two remarkable honorees this year. With this year’s theme, “To the Moon and Back,” they 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.

They 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.  They are proud to announce OneWest Bank as our title sponsor this year.

They invite their community businesses and friends of the Museum to participate in pledging 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, jklopping@santamonicahistory.org or visit www.santamonicahistory.org for more information.

Submitted by John Klopping, Museum Manager

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