April 12, 2002

San Diego Natural History Museum Hosts

Dos Aguilas/Two Eagles Binational Fiesta

Friends of the San Diego Natural History Museum and regional community leaders will gather together for Dos Aguilas/Two Eagles, a binational fiesta, at the Museum on Saturday, April 27 to pay tribute to the Museum’s binational education programs, and dedicate the newly renovated education wing.

Over 400 guests will enjoy a festive evening in the Museum’s new 90,000 sq. ft. wing, which was opened mid-year, 2001, and will have an opportunity to tour the newly renovated education wing and view the city at night from a new rooftop aerie.

Join event chairs and long-time community activists, Yolanda Walther-Meader and her daughter, Yolanda S. Walther-Meade, bring together Honorees of Dos Aguilas, three strong binational activists for the Museum: Alejandra and Gastón Luken, and Deborah Szekely.

The Lukens are well known for their input and support in the creation, production and marketing efforts of the Museum’s critically acclaimed large-screen film, Ocean Oasis. This film co-produced by the Museum, depicts the natural wonders of Baja California and the Sea of Cortés and recently won the prestigious “Best Theatrical Program Award” at the 2001 Biannual Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. This award is given every two years “to the program produced for large-format or conventional motion picture theaters that most effectively advances an appreciation of the natural world.”

Deborah Szekely’s lifelong love and commitment of the natural environment and the Museum’s binational education program PROBEA (Proyecto bio-regional de Educación Ambiental) has strengthened the collaboration of more than a dozen organizations from the United States and Mexico as they address, on a region-wide basis, the vital need for environmental education in one of the world’s most biologically diverse and threatened ecosystems (southern California and Baja California). San Diego Dialogue, a regional “think tank” at the University of California, San Diego, recently named PROBEA the winner of the “Civic Excellence Award for Cross Border Collaboration.” Most recently the Szekely Family founded the Las Piedras Nature Center in Tecate, Mexico, with the goal of providing children in Tecate, and other Baja California communities, a place to study ecology and learn respect for the environment.

All proceeds from Dos Aguilas will be directed to the Museum’s binational education programs. The event will feature bountiful wines and mouth-watering food stations from outstanding regional dining establishments—maintaining the Museum’s mission to promote the diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California.

Dos Aguilas Honorary Committee members include Sally and John Thornton, Dolores and Enrique Landa, Cathryn and Dave Ramirez, Gelin and Norman Roberts, Victor A. Vilaplana, and Ellen and Tim Zinn.

Sponsors confirmed at press time include Catering by Design, Culinary Concepts, Extraordinary Desserts, Hyatt Regency La Jolla, La Diferencia —Tijuana, Personal Touch Dining, Inc., Restaurante El Ray Sol— Ensenada, Roy’s La Jolla, Villa Saverio’s— Tijuana, and Waters Fine Catering.

For more information about Dos Aguilas or to reserve tickets in advance, please contact Ms. Vatei Ouy, director of special projects at the Museum, at (619) 255-0190. Tickets start at $125 per person and include the evening’s food, wine, and entertainment. Invitations will be available beginning in April.

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