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Museum fundraiser set for Thursday

APPLE VALLEY • In an effort to raise funds, and promote community awareness and involvement in the Victor Valley Museum, a special event will be held Thursday evening at the Apple Valley facility.

The newly formed Friends of the Victor Valley Museum will hold its inaugural fundraiser and reception Thursday evening where fans of the desert’s past will be able to tour the facility and contribute to the museum’s future.

“The Victor Valley Museum is a historical, cultural and scientific treasure in the High Desert, and it deserves the full support of the community, including financial support, so it can continue to thrive and serve the citizens of the entire county for generations to come,” said San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, in a press release.

Creation of the nonprofit Friends group will allow the museum to receive funds from private donors, and corporate and foundation grants, and to support outreach and volunteer efforts.

“During the evening, guests will be able to check out the museum’s new displays and the High Desert memorabilia,” said Wally Linn, a representative for Mitzelfelt’s office. “It’s going to be an informal meet-and-greet with wine, cheese and hors d'œuvres.”

Mitzelfelt recently pledged $25,000 of remaining discretionary funds as matching funds for the non-profit group to provide support for programs, fundraising, advertising, displays and, or exhibits at the museum, as well as an additional $100,000 for a new display.

Tickets for the event are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Entrance for members of the county museum association is $20 per person or $35 per couple.

The event begins begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road, south of Bear Valley Road.

Information on the museum can be found online at www.sbcounty.gov/museum/branches/vvm.htmor by calling (760) 240-2111

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.

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