Los Alamos Historical Society Gala Treats Crowd To Evening Under The Stars

A crowd attends the Los Alamos Historical Society 2014 Fall Gala ‘An Evening Under the Stars’ Friday on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Clay and Dorothy Perkins with their Los Alamos History Award. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Clay Perkins speaks at the podium after he and his wife Dorothy Perkins received the Los Alamos History Award for their contributions to preserving the history of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
STAFF REPORT

The Los Alamos Historical Society hosted the 2014 Fall Gala “An Evening Under the Stars” on the lawn at historic Fuller Lodge Friday.

This special fundraising event included an elaborate three-course dinner, the Society’s annual Experience Auction, and dancing to the music of the Los Alamos Big Band. The evening began with an elegant pre-party wine and cheese reception at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row, where Helene Suydam and her late husband Jerry Suydam received the Los Alamos History Award.

The Historical Society holds an “experience auction” for its major fundraiser every year, at which cultural and historic experiences are sold to the highest bidder. Some of this year’s items included a historic tour of 109 East Palace Ave. a balloon ride, Gondola Club passes and a stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel during Balloon Fiesta, a tour of the Manhattan television series set (pending renewal for a second season) and the always-popular trip to Ashley Pond’s first ranch school near Watrous, N.M.

County Councilor Steven Girrens and his wife Sharon Stover won the final night’s stay at the Hans Bethe House on Bathtub Row before exhibits fill the rooms and it is opened to the public. Clay and Dorothy Perkins purchased the historic home and donated it to the Los Alamos Historical Society. The couple was honored with the Los Alamos History Award Tuesday evening.

The Los Alamos Historical Society, a private 501(c)3, manages the Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Historical Society Archives. The organization owns historic properties, such as the Romero Cabin and the Oppenheimer House. It publishes books on the history and natural history of the Los Alamos community, conducts educational programs for youth and adults, and otherwise promotes the history of the community.

Attendance at Tuesday’s gala will go toward supporting all of these programs.

To learn more, visit www.losalamoshistory.org.

Clay and Dorothy Perkins, left, received the Los Alamos History Award from Historical Society President Ron Wilkins, right, on behalf of the Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan with her husband Bob McClenahan Jr., Maxine Taylor and her son Donald Taylor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Greg Cunningham and his wife County Council candidate Andrea Cunningham, Tim O’Leary and his wife County Council candidate Susan O’Leary, David Carr and his wife Dr. Michelle Carr, and Judy Crocker. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
From left, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover with her husband County Councilor Steven Girrens and Family YMCA CEO Linda Daly and her husband Dr. Paul Daly. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Debbie Reiss, center, and her husband County Councilor Rick Reiss, left. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
The Manhattan Project Restaurant catered Tuesday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
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