Letter To The Editor: Thank You Community For Such Great Support For Historical Society’s Gala

By Marlane Hamilton, Gala Committee Chair
Heather McClenahan, Executive Director

Once again the community of Los Alamos has come together to celebrate its history. The results, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in Los Alamos, the 75th anniversary of the laboratory, and the 50th anniversary of the History Museum, were a fantastic fundraiser for the Los Alamos Historical Society and fun party for all who attended.

The Los Alamos Historical Society’s 5th annual gala was held Saturday, Sept. 15, at the historic Edward P. Fuller Lodge. An event of this size and scope cannot be put on without a large group of volunteers. Thank you to all of those who helped with organization, set up, clean up, guest check in, and the beautiful decorations. We were especially pleased to have with us this year Scouts from Troop 22—which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this October— who did everything from directing traffic in the parking lot to serving water to cleaning up after dinner. They were a big help and a special part of the program.

Thank you to our sponsors, TRK Management, Lou Santoro State Farm, and Central Park Square. Food for the event—especially the desserts—provided by Pig+Fig was outstanding, and Blue Window Bistro helped get everyone in a “buying mood” with libations.

Elizabeth Brosha, a talented Los Alamos gem, played the harp during a special reception at the historic Hans Bethe House, and as always, the Los Alamos Big Band was in top form as gala-goers twirled and swirled to great old tunes on the Lodge dance floor. Shay Kendicks put together an enticing silent auction that raised several hundred dollars.

We appreciate the work of graphic artist Mark Rayburn, who designed the colorful gala logo, auction catalog, and commemorative key fob, and other community partners such as Franks Supply.

Finally, special thanks to go auctioneer Mike Lippiatt and master of ceremonies Todd Urbatsch, both of whom kept the crowd entertained and coaxed them into opening their wallets for a great cause.

It’s a privilege to be part of this world-changing community. Thanks to everyone for the support of the Los Alamos Historical Society.

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