Auction to raise funds for Phase II of China Lake Museum relocation

Auction to raise funds for Phase II  of China Lake Museum relocationKay Lloyd and Debbie Benson (foreground, from left) peruse items in the silent auction of a previous China Lake Museum?Foundation fundraiser. — Photo by Laura Austin

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By REBECCA NEIPP

News Review Staff Writer

“So much of what has happened on the base has been a secret that we can now tell. People in the Indian Wells Valley should be proud of the many accomplishments, and we want to tell this important story of the people who have helped keep our nation safe.”

China Lake Museum Foundation President Laura Hickle, who represents the stewards of our defense-related history, noted that the organization has many milestones to celebrate this year — including the base’s 75th anniversary, CLMF’s 25th anniversary and the recent grand opening of the organization’s new community-side site.

To help get to the next phase of development, the foundation is gearing up for its annual fund-raising dinner and auction, held Saturday, May 19, at the Kerr McGee Center.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and festivities include live and silent auctions, dinner, entertainment, prizes and more.

“We have a goal of $2 million for the completion of Phase II,” said Hickle. That will help build a 16,000-foot space complete with exhibits, gift shop, a STEM-Makerspace lab, archive room, education room and more.

“It is critical that we raise the initial $250,000 in order to move ahead and to have matching funds for a potential grant being released this fall,” she said.

Scores of residents, businesses and other agencies have already joined the Founders Circle (donations of $5,000 or more) and Benefactors (donations of $6,000 or more). She invited others to consider making contributions.

Other ways to support the museum include attending the auction, as well as contributing items to the auction or sponsoring the event.

Among the popular items up for auction are a handcrafted seed vase made by Scott O’Neil, as well as original quilts, jewelry, paintings and more donated by local artisans.

Vacations to Lake Arrowhead and Mammoth will be on the docket, as will tours to local treasures like the Coso Geothermal Plant.

Individual tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Reserved seating and sponsorship packages are also available.

Tickets are available at the China Lake Museum, located at 130 E. Las Flores Ave., as well as the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce. For information call 760-677-2866.

“Come support the museum, and have fun doing so,” invited Hickle.

Story First Published: 2018-05-04