History Museum Hosts Fundraiser at Auto Vino

By September 17, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (September 17, 2019) – Exotic, classic, and luxury automobiles and fine wines set the stage for Los Altos History Museum‘s fall fundraiser to be held at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park on Saturday, October 12 from 6-9pm.

The event, titled “If Cars Could Talk: Revving up the Future of the Los Altos History Museum,” offers car enthusiasts and wine lovers the opportunity to mingle at a unique automobile preserve and winery while enjoying a catered reception, live music by Big Basin Acoustic, and both live and silent auctions. All proceeds support the Museum’s Oral History Program and collections care.

“Los Altos History Museum is one of the few museums that preserves the history of the Silicon Valley,” said Museum Board Member Nicole Andrews, who is coordinating the event. “I was born and raised in the area, and have seen the changes. It’s important for the community to know our heritage and understand the past and present while building a future together.”

“This exclusive event is an opportunity for the Museum to attract new members, increase our demographics, and raise funds for needed restorations and projects,” Andrews said. “We chose Auto Vino as the venue to honor J. Gilbert Smith’s love of automobiles.”

Attendees may bid on a variety of car-experience auction items such as:

  • A tour of Canepa’s museum of race cars and restoration area for up to 20 people
  • “Cars and Coffee,” rides with private owners of classic cars

Sponsors for the fundraiser include DMD Construction and Janis Ahmadjian-Baer, Ph.D., Sereno Group Real Estate, with Woodside Winery providing wines, and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company providing beer.

Tickets are $125, of which $50 is tax deductible. Participants can register online at https://www.losaltoshistory.org/events/if-cars-could-talk/.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact: Marketing@losaltoshistory.org

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org