October 5, 2001

American Indian Culture Center and Museum Gala Benefit Dinner "Bringing Nations Together"

On Saturday, October 13, 2001, the American Indian Culture Center and Museum is hosting its second Gala Benefit Dinner, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the beautiful Balboa Park Club which is located adjacent to the Aerospace Museum and the Automobile Museum in Balboa Park. Featured performers are Arigon Starr and her Band, which are presently nominated for four Native American Music Awards; Carlos Reynosa, an accomplished songwriter and Musician; and Bill "Elk Whistle" Neal, one of Native America's foremost flutists. All three are critically acclaimed artists who will be gracing our stage for our enjoyment that evening.

A wonderful buffet dinner is being prepared for us by award-winning San Diego Catering Concepts. A no-host bar will be available. A silent auction will make available several prized items for your bidding and door prizes will also be part of the evening's festivities.

The American Indian Culture Center and Museum is on schedule to open its doors to the public in December of next year. Our 8,700 sq. ft. building just east of the corner of Park Blvd. and Presidents Way is presently undergoing extensive renovation with the cooperation and partial funding of many jurisdictions who are committed to the vision of a center dedicated to the many aspects of American Indian Culture.

Checks should be made out to the American Indian Culture Center and Museum (mail address: 4040 30th St. Ste A, San Diego, CA 92104) and will ensure your presence at a very important event that will help finance the massive expenditures we are encountering to build the American Indian Culture Center and Museum (AICCM) into a world class institution.

Tickets for the event are $125 and $1,000 for a table of eight. If you wish to support the event, but are unable to attend, you are welcome to indicate that you would like to have your check go towards the attendance of low-income American Indian community members who would otherwise be unable to participate.

These are indeed difficult times for the country and for the many families affected by the September 11, 2001 tragedy. The challenges of the future will test our will and strength. The AICCM project will help build a better future for all of us. In addition to its many essential cultural offerings, it will bring employment opportunities for many members of our community. It will provide economic development via the many events that will be held there, the gallery, and the gift shop and of course, the 10's of thousands that will yearly visit the museum and support the local economy.

It will help to fill a cultural and spiritual void that has been felt in this city for decades and help bring healing to all of us.

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