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Santa Monica Museum Honors a History of Service  

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By Gene Williams
Lookout Staff

October 31, 2011 -- Santa Monica’s service organizations have a long history of helping the community, so it isn’t surprising that the Santa Monica History Museum will be honoring them at its fall gala dinner.

The evening celebration will take place Sunday, November 6 at the historic Casa Del Mar Hotel on the beach.

The honorees are the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, the Lions Club of Santa Monica, and the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, with special recognition going to Family Service of Santa Monica/Vista Del Mar and its director, Ms. Nancy Tallerino.

“The Santa Monica History Museum is very fortunate to have loyal, dedicated supporters like these who care about preserving the rich and vibrant history of the community,” said Louise Gabriel, Founder/President/CEO of the museum.

Los Angeles television personality Stephanie Edwards will act as emcee, with Evelyn Guerboian, vice president of Readers Fine Jewelers and a regular volunteer in community causes, presiding as chair.

Special tributes will be given to each of the honorees for helping the museum to serve thousands of visitors each year from the community, student school classrooms and tourists from around the world.

Organizers say the dinner will be an ideal opportunity for friends and colleagues of the honorees to congratulate them and show their appreciation.

Reservations are $150 per person. Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved. Checks may be sent to the Santa Monica History Museum, P.O. Box 3059, Santa Monica, CA 90408. For more information, contact Mary Pat at 310-395-2290

Santa Monica’s Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions clubs were each established nearly a century ago and are considered to be leaders in local charitable and service efforts.

Family Service was formed in 1925 as the Counsel of Social Welfare, and began as an agency dedicated to providing support to individuals and families who needed help in securing adequate housing, food and medical or dental care.

The social service center and its director, Tallerino, have been active supporters of the Santa Monica Historical Society for more than 20 years.

The Santa Monica Historical Society was founded on the city’s centennial in 1975 and opened its first museum in 1988.

During the next 22 years, the museum was housed in three temporary locations until finding a permanent home last year in Santa Monica’s newly-built Main Public Library at Santa Monica Boulevard and Seventh Street.

Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for museum members and children 12 years and younger.

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